Spirit Guide: Evolution of the Coupe with Plex Lowery

October 9th, 2012 — 5:38pm

“I can’t drink outta this thing!”
I looked at the guy that I had just made a Cosmo cocktail for. Then I looked at his coupe glass. Was it clean? Check. Was it chipped somewhere? Nope. Then what was the–?!

He looked at his girl. “Maybe YOU can drink outta this girly glass, but I can’t!” Turned back at me. “C’mon bro, please, give me a man glass!!”

A man glass? I debated my choices. a) I could briefly explain some of the history of the champagne coupe to him. I could tell him that though, yes, originally it was for champagne but legend has it that it was shaped after the breast of Marie Antoinette or another French high-socialite (most likely not true, considering the glass was specifically made for champagne in 1663 England, but whats more manly than drinking from a glass made from a lady’s breast?!) I could ease into the fact that if he was really considered it, his drinking of a Cosmo might already put his manly standing in jeopardy regardless of glass, but I thought the better of that. I could say that coupe was popular in the 1930s after prohibition (a very “manly” time} which solidified itself through the 1960′s (Tell Don Draper he ain’t ‘manly’ while he’s drinking out of one, I dare ya) and thankfully right now, with the amazing innovation and art of the cocktail in the industry, remains popular today. Yes, I could say all of this!

or b) I could just pour it in a rocks glass. Which, of course, I did. Without complaint.

Satisfied with his “manlier” glassware, he nodded in appreciation, grabbed a straw and proceeded to promptly suck it down.


Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon, GM

Music Monday: The Makers at Seven Grand Every Tuesday

October 8th, 2012 — 4:48pm

So many people in downtown already make Tuesday nights at Seven Grand their local spot for great music and a HUGE array of whiskies to choose from. But for those who may not be familiar with The Makers you should make sure to make Seven Grand on Tuesdays a point of destination when in downtown. Their show is 100% improvised that is a wall of sound that is influenced from every from everyone from Miles Davis, Radiohead, Medeski Martin and Wood, Four Tet, Mars Volta, to Meshell N’degeocello.

They go on 10P and jam out till 1A and there is never a cover. Take it from the locals, it’s a must see show!

Dave Freeman, 213 Music Director

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Frapin Cognac with Alain Royer (10/08/12, 7pm)

October 5th, 2012 — 3:17pm

This coming Monday, October 8th at 7pm, we have Alain Royer, legend in the Cognac world coming in to taste and educate us on the Frapin VS (4-6 years,) VSOP (10-12 years,) Chateau Fontpinot XO (18-22 years,) VIPXO (25-35 years,) Chateau Fontpinot 1986, and “The Extra” (40-50 years.)

Alain is responsible for bringing some the best Cognacs in the world to market in America. Lafite Rothschild and Armagnac, A de Fussigny, the list goes on.

Don’t miss this chance to meet Alain and try some 50 year old Cognac! A Welcome Punch will be served in the Jackalope Room at 6:30pm, come early and get a good seat. Tasting and education will begin at 7pm, sharp.

RSVP on the link below, attendance will be capped at 35.

Register Here!

Seven Grand Whiskey Society Memberships can be purchased at the bar on the night of the event. $120 allows you bring a guest to any event for a full year.

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature.

If you’re not a paid-up member, don’t worry, first on is on us.

We look forward to meeting you.

Pedro, currently sipping Wild Turkey 101 Rye. That’s how we roll.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-Curator, Seven Grand Whiskey Society