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Los Angeles Cocktails 11 MIN, 50 SEC


Photo credit: Andrea Richards

LA’s bar scene is huge and diverse: from historic watering holes, to tiki bars, to trendy bars masquerading as speakeasies. Author Andrea Richards has gathered this history in a book called “Los Angeles Cocktails.” It contains recipes from some of LA’s most beloved and fabled bars.

Los Angeles Cocktails

Andrea Richards

The Walker Inn 7 MIN, 54 SEC

As a bar and cocktails writer for the LAist and Eater, Caroline Pardilla is always on the hunt for interesting new watering holes: not only places with delicious drinks, but with great ambience, too. She recently visited The Walker Inn, an innovative cocktail bar in Koreatown offering a unique tasting menu.

A liquid history of the Arts District 9 MIN, 57 SEC


Duello’s interior. Photo credit: Rob Stark

Simone recently opened in the Arts District after months of anticipation. And while diners are eager to experience the talents of chef Jessica Largey, to get to the dining room you must first pass through Duello, the 25-seat bar with a menu that tells the history of the Arts District. The concept is the brainchild of renowned Scottish bartender Iain McPherson.

Writing the manual for change 8 MIN, 54 SEC

The hospitality industry is a natural landing spot for many of California’s 10 million foreign-born workers. Immigrants who speak little English can find work behind the scenes, where language isn’t a barrier to entry, such as washing dishes or barbacking. But advancing beyond those roles can be difficult. Aaron Polsky, bar manager at Harvard & Stone, spoke to Evan about his efforts to create bartending manuals in Spanish for immigrant workers.

“Movers and Shakers” 9 MIN, 20 SEC


Cari Hah, bar manager of Big Bar in Los Feliz, is one of the women profiled in “Movers and Shakers.” Photo credit: @eugeneshoots.

Writer and bartender Hope Ewing is telling the stories of the women in the alcohol business who are paving the way for a more inclusive and sustainable industry.

Rethinking vermouth 8 MIN, 33 SEC

Vermouth has long been associated with the “Mad Men” era of a three-martini lunch. However, a new generation of drinkers is discovering new ways of enjoying the wine, solidifying its place at the bar as a key component of many popular drinks. Australian wine and vermouth maker Gilles Lapalus recently wrote a book celebrating the apertif.

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