Spirit Guide: Smells Like Team Spirit w/ Ralph DiTucci

April 22nd, 2014 — 5:44pm

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a bartender.  Since people know this about me, I frequently hear people enthusiastically declare, “I want to be a bartender!”  I understand that feeling!  Bartending is fun.  It’s way more fun than any job should ever be allowed to be.   It’s also a lot of hard work and a life of constant exhaustion, but mostly, “The Fun.”  A great deal of that fun comes from the time invested working and getting in sync with your teammates behind the bar.

I love other bartenders. Even if we’ve never worked together, I love what you do for people because I do it too!  I love the camaraderie that we forge in sweat and impossibly late nights and nicked fingers.  Mostly, I love being on a team.  I love helping my team propel forward to victory: another unforgettable night!  All of this = “The Fun.”

I’m currently a member of two teams.  I manage the 4100 Bar in Silverlake, where I’ve worked for the past thirteen years.  I love the comfort of my home away from home.  I’ve worked hard in this bar with some of the finest bar folk that I’ve ever met.  I love my current team and I miss my old teammates.

I also have the honor of managing the oldest bar in Los Angeles, the Golden Gopher, built Downtown in 1905.  There are amazing people who have worked at the Gopher for years.  They are part of the fabric of the neighborhood.  In addition to the veterans, there’s a fellow who’s been with us for three months who had never worked in a bar prior to joining us.  His enthusiasm to become a part of the team reminds all of us behind the bar of the reasons why we got into this business:  To have fun.  To meet people.  To share ourselves with those people.

Many of my bartender friends have left the business over the years, and the one thing that almost all of them tell me that they miss the most is the sense of being on a team.   I understand that feeling, too.  Cheers!

Ralph DiTucci / Director of Neighborhood Bars

Mix This: Golden Gopher’s “Pomodon”

April 16th, 2014 — 3:12pm


This drink is the invention of the Dean of the Golden Gopher, Dawnne Aubert. Dawnne has been with the Golden Gopher since 2004 and is part of the fabric of the bar. The Pomodon started out as a unique mixture of Bourbon, Pama liqueur and lemon juice that Dawnne had popularized to such a height that customers would order, “Dawnne’s pomegranate drink.” The bar family quickly adopted the nickname, “The Pama-Dawnne.” Over time, as the ingredients behind the bar evolved, the spelling of the cocktail got a bunch of “O’s.” House made pomegranate syrup made its way into the picture and Dawnne perfected her now home-famous recipe into this refreshing delight.

The Pomodon
- 1.5 oz. Fighting Cock Bourbon
- .75 oz. Lemon Juice
- .25 oz. Sadaf Pomegranate concentrate
- .50 oz. Simple Syrup

Shake all ingredients together and strain into an iced highball glass. Top with soda water and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Seven Grand San Diego Whiskey Society: Featuring Johnnie the Scott & Auchentoshan, Mon., April 14th @ 8:30pm

April 10th, 2014 — 12:11pm

Johnny the Scott Vert
I would like to invite you to Seven Grand on Monday the 14th at 8:30pm. This will be the first of a three part session with Johnnie “the Scott” Mundell. Over the next few months Johnnie is going to guide us through several aspects and influences that have inspired and shaped whisky. This first session will last until 8pm and discuss the art of distillation. The distillery we have chosen to illustrate the many facets of distillation is Auchentoshan. This will be a very limited class so I would like to apologize to those who are unable to attend. I would also like to thank all of those who attended the Teeling release party. I need some more corned beef!

Register Here!

If you have any questions about the event or how to register my contact information is below. We provide annual memberships for $120 or charge a $15 fee per tasting. Also if you RSVP for an event and are unable to attend, you must contact me. This opens the event up for people who can make it. For questions in regard to setting up a private tasting please contact me.


Josh Judd
Spirit Guide
Seven Grand San Diego

Currently sipping on Bowmore 12yr…

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Featuring Old Pulteney, Balblair, AnCnoc w/ Andy Hannah Wed. 4/9, 7pm

April 9th, 2014 — 12:28pm

This Wednesday, April 9th, we will be hosting Andy Hannah, Brand Director for Old Pulteney, Balblair and AnCnoc Single Malt Whiskies. Andy will taste and educate us on his rare and wonderful portfolio, a Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30, with the tasting starting at 7pm, or once the room reaches capacity. Late-comers will not be seated, but can enjoy discounts on the featured whiskies at the main bar by presenting their paid-up membership card as they wait to meet Andy after the event.

RSVP now on the link below, and be sure to come early to get a good seat!

Register Here!

Memberships in the Seven Grand Whiskey Society can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 a year, and allow you to bring a guest to any event.

Thank you for your continued support, be sure to come out to the Bar Jackalope. There is a bottle waiting with your name on it. We’re open Sunday through Thursday, 8pm to 1am.

We hope to see you tonight and tomorrow, hard-cores. Tell your friends.

Pedro, currently sipping Stella Artois.

Pedro Shanahan, Spirit Guide,
Seven Grand Whiskey Bar L.A.,
Co-curator, Whiskey Society

A recent feature on Bar Jackalope:

Garret from Tasting Table visits Bar Jackalope

And a cool video made by the Old Pulteney crew after they won whiskey of the year in 2012: