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Repeal Day 2011 Los Angeles: Drink Specials + Cocktail Recipes

A drinker would do well to remember Repeal Day, December 5, 1933. It's when Americans got back their right to party. After 13 dark years of Prohibition, the 18th Amendment was repealed saying good-bye to bootlegging and bathtub gin by making it legal to once again imbibe. Imagine how thirsty......
Proprietors' Alex Day and David Kaplan.; Credit: Caroline on Crack

Downtown's New Chapter & Verse: It's Not a Bar

The new Chapter & Verse in Downtown's Arts District is not a bar. It is created by bar dynamos David Kaplan and Alex Day of Proprietors LLC, a hospitality firm responsible for Death & Company (NYC), Bar & Kitchen and the cocktail programs for Stella Rosa and Rosa Mexicano. And......
Bartender Naomi Schimek during her days at the Tar Pit with Saunders.; Credit: Caroline on Crack

Cocktailian Audrey Saunders Mixes Drinks at Spare Room Tonight

Modern mixology's pioneer Audrey Saunders has returned to Los Angeles. And after leaving La Brea's The Tar Pit after a short two months early last year, getting married, teaching seminars at prestigious cocktail events like the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and winning the 2011 Tales of the Cocktail award for Best......
Craft beer bars can be a little intimidating to the uninitiated.; Credit: dblstripe (via Flickr)

Top 5 Craft Beer Bars for Beer Flights

Thanks to the booming craft beer scene in Los Angeles and California recently dubbed the number-one beer state, chances are that lately you can't look at a beer list without feeling overwhelmed and scratching your head about 99 percent of brews you don't recognize. What is a coffee Belgian Blonde......
Food bloggers H.C. So (green shirt) and Cathy Chaplin (red shorts) combining their two passions -- food and running -- during a "food marathon."; Credit: Matthew Kang

L.A. Food Bloggers Workout: How They Can Eat Without Guilt

When you're as passionate about food as food bloggers are, dieting and counting calories just don't make sense in your world. And thanks to countless media dinners, must-try cookbooks, not to mention ambitious 30-day binging projects (ahem, burgers and ice cream), weight gain is an inevitability. So how do some......
Jimmy and Yume Han in front of Beer Belly; artwork by MR44.; Credit: Caroline on Crack

Beer Belly: Craft Beer Bar Opens in Koreatown

Unlike most young newlyweds who jump on the baby track once they get married, Jimmy and Yume Han decided to open a business instead. "We knew we wanted to go into business together, but we didn't know what," Yume said. "But Jimmy basically started falling in love, all of a......
The Varnish's Bebida de Puebla; Credit: Espolón Tequila

10 Cinco de Mayo Alternatives to the Margarita + 2 Cocktail Recipes

Sometimes you just want a quiet place and a well-done cocktail to celebrate the Mexicans' victory over the French in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. Thankfully the cocktail-savvy need not fret, as the following L.A. bars have alternatives for those seeking something other than a Jose Cuervo margarita and tequila-shooting......
Steingarten LA's Bavarian Marian beer cocktail.; Credit: Caroline on Crack

8 Places To Get a Beer Cocktail in L.A.

Beer cocktails are a growing trend in the Los Angeles cocktail scene, with Library Bar bartender Matthew Biancaniello's Hopping in the Rye being one of the first to start things off. Now you can take your pick of either traditional Micheladas, beer cocktails with a kick of hard liquor or......