Raising the Bar: Chris Bostick – 3/19/14

March 19th, 2014 — 1:03pm

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New York. Beverly Hills. Downtown Los Angeles. After many years away, Chris Bostick, the former general manager of Los Angeles’ clandestine classic cocktail den The Varnish, has returned to the Lone Star State.

His new venture, Austin’s recently opened Half Step, has been hotly anticipated from every cocktail-loving corner of the country. “This bar is about having worked in places like New York andLos Angeles and then offering those great experiences through the lens of Austin,” Bostick says.

It only took a week of filing papers in a doctor’s office as a teenager for Bostick to realize the sedentary life wasn’t for him. In fact, while in high school, he started washing dishes at a strip-mall Tex-Mex restaurant, “and realized right away I was meant to work on my feet,” the native Texan recalls. “When they asked me to move up to busboy, I was amped. ‘This is living,’ I thought.” Read the rest here!

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – Meet Bar Jackalope, Seven Grand’s secret backroom whiskey parlor – Tasting Table 3/18/14

March 19th, 2014 — 12:57pm

Pedro Bar Jackalope
If you prefer whiskey, you already know Downtown’s Seven Grand.

But what about Bar Jackalope?

To find it, look for an unmarked door near the back of Seven Grand. Push the white button alongside. When someone answers, request a table.

Modeled after the posh whiskey lounges of Japan, the 18-seat Jackalope is a relaxing respite from the lively main bar outside: There’s an antique gramophone playing Coltrane records and taxidermy on the walls. An immaculately dressed bartender stirs perfect Manhattans and Old-Fashioneds. Read the rest here!

Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival 2014! Monday, March 17th, 6am – 2am

March 7th, 2014 — 1:38pm

Casey's St.Paddys Day 2014 Flyer
Remember last year?  If you do then you know Casey’s St.Patrick’s Day Street Festival is not something to miss.  There’ll be food, drinks & games.  Featuring some of LA’s finest DJ’s including DJ Aaron Castle, DJ Waldo & DJ Timmy Two Shoes!  Entrance at Wilshire & Hope.  We are offering free general admission before 11am, $10 GA after 11am and a $40 VIP ticket allowing you access to the Casey’s space.  6am – 2am on Monday, March 17th.  That’s right it’s on a Monday so get there at early and drink plenty of water.  God forbid you should end up passing out in one of the planters on the outside of an adjacent building.  Believe me, I’ve seen it.  Will be good times so come and show your Irish pride!

The Golden Gopher Craft Beer Society: Featuring Beertender LA – Home Brewing Spotlight! – Monday, March 10, 5-8pm

March 5th, 2014 — 11:24am

Beertender LA
Have you ever been curious about how to brew your own beer?   On Monday, March 10th from 5-8pm Beertender LA will be coming to the Golden Gopher to show us how to get our home brew on.  Beertender LA is a home brewing consultancy specializing in teaching the basics of brewing beer, bottling, kegging, partying, and building camaraderie through the joy of brewing!   They’re going to show us all the stuff you want to know about making your own beers, plus they’re ready to tackle all of your beer and brewing questions.

(Also, they may or may not be brewing a beer with us.  It may or may not be a Golden Ale.  The guys will be returning in April to show us what we may or may not have made. You follow…?)

Come.  Learn.  Drink Beer.  Have fun.  So, so simple.

Click the link below to reserve a spot and so that we know you’re coming.  We’re looking forward to hanging out with you and the gang from Beertender LA.  ( Big Time!)

See you on Monday.  Cheers!

Register Here!