Tuesday 03 July, 2012

Transformed By Tiki Temptation at Tonga Hut

On this US Independence Day holiday, I can’t think of any better way to pay tribute to the “Spirit of ’76” than to talk about one of the most original, purely American institutions: The Tiki Bar. Yes, despite the fact that, on the surface, Tiki bars may seem like an imported adaptation of another culture, […]

"Fit to be Thai'ed"
Sunday 01 July, 2012

VIDEO! Thai-ing One On With The Mix Masters at LUCKYRICE Vegas Night Market

  Although I rounded up my impressions of the food at the LUCKYRICE Night Market event (June 23 at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) already on, I wanted to put a special focus on the really notable array of cocktails presented that night. Why notable? Well, a few reasons: typically at a food event, […]

Tuesday 19 June, 2012

Drinking With Purpose: Art Beyond The Glass

Just a superfast post here to document a great event on Sunday, June 17: After everyone dispensed with Father’s Day duties, many of LA’s best bartenders, mixologists, bloggers and bon vivants gathered at Sadie in Hollywood (the rehabilitated Le Douche), for Art Beyond The Glass, a unique and uniquely cool fundraiser for the local Inner […]

Saturday 02 June, 2012

The Bourbon Bar: A Quick and Dirty First Look

Just wanted to get up a quick blog on the new Bourbon Bar at the Venetian Las Vegas, which opened last night with a fun party. Inspired by the Rock of Ages musical that is coming to the Venetian this winter, the Bourbon Bar replaces the formerly fusty La Scena lounge with an 80’s themed […]

Conductor's Stick, Fusion
Tuesday 29 May, 2012

Fusion Bar at Palazzo Las Vegas: A Day Drinker’s Delight

Mixology-minded bars are not quite ubiquitous on the Las Vegas Strip yet, though they’re certainly more easy to find than ever. Still, Fusion bar at the Palazzo stands out, perhaps because it is so unlikely. Plopped down in the middle of the casino floor, this circular bar gives little indication of the quality libations that […]

Wednesday 02 May, 2012

Little Cave Becomes La Cuevita For Cinco And Beyond

Just in time for Cinco De Mayo, the 1933 Group (owners of Bigfoot Lodge, Thirsty Crow, Oldfield’s Liquor Room, etc.) have rechristened The Little Cave as La Cuevita, transforming the ersatz punky dive into a surprisingly authentic-feeling comfortably upscale-ish cantina that wouldn’t be out of place in West Hollywood. That may get a ho-hum response […]

Wednesday 02 May, 2012

A Mighty River: Tasting and Educating on Ribera del Duero

I had a great experience this Spring taking part in the Drink Ribera campaign, getting to know Ribera del Duero Brand Ambassador and US Trade Liason April Cullom, and being able to share my own knowledge through some retail tastings. Ribera is unquestionably one of my favorite regions, both for its philosophies and its output. […]