Spirit Guide: 213 Holiday Gift Guide!

December 12th, 2012 — 12:33pm

If you’re a fan of 213, or our bars, or of bars in general, see below to get some great gift ideas for the alcoholics in your family. JK, I kid, I kid. But for real, every bodies father loves a good scotch and every bodies mother loves wine. Unfortunately, we don’t have any wine recommendations but we have plenty of booze. Check it out below. Also, if you aren’t sure about our recommendations, head over to the bar to give the product a try. Each one of these bottles are available for purchase (in a cocktail or shot of course) at their respective bars, and all are under $40. Enjoy!

Caña Rum Bar – Leblon Reserva Especial – $30
If you love someone that loves rum this is easily the best gift they could get this year under $200. Long story short, Leblon’s master distiller Gilles Merlet aged this spirit in new Limousin Oak casks for about 2 years, an expensive process that is de rigeur in Cognac but unheard of in rum. The result is a buttery, exotic, aged cachaçaunlike any that have come before it. It’s extremely limited production is what puts it at the top of this list. Purchase here! A great addition to the bottle is a Caña Rum Bar membership ($20), contact allan@213downtown.la to purchase yours today!

Casey’s Irish Pub - Michael Collins 10 Year Old Lightly Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey – $40
A bit of a forgotten treat and one of the best values behind the bar. Incredibly smooth, as you would want an Irish to be, but with great, unexpected peat notes. If you enjoy the occasional blended scotch, then you must try this. Purchase here! If giving a bottle is a little to blunt, Casey’s Gift Cards also make great gifts, contact jeff@213downtown.la to purchase yours today!

The Varnish – Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac – $40
Pierre Ferrand’s 1840 Original Formula is a mixable Cognac that was created by Cognac Ferrand president Alexandre Gabriel with help from cocktail historian David Wondrich. Their formula was comprised after extensive tasting and evaluation of surviving examples of three-star Cognacs going back to the early nineteenth century. Purchase here.

Las Perlas – Tequila 7 Leguas Blanco – $40
You really can’t go wrong with any of their bottles. The blanco, reposado and añejo are all amazing examples of Highland tequilas. The blanco is great, which has plenty of toasted-agave notes. Purchase here!



Tony’s Saloon – Makers Mark Bourbon – $20
If you haven’t tried Maker’s Mark, you’re missing out on one of the finest and most iconic bourbons in the world. Maker’s is a classic wheated bourbon and one every bourbon enthusiast should be familiar with. Purchase here!


Broadway Bar – Fernet Branca – $37
A bottle of Fernet Branca makes a great gift, and is available for a limited time in a special holiday gift decorative tin packaging, available at your local liquor store. Purchase here!



Golden Gopher – Ale Smith Yule Smith (Imperial/Double Red Ale) – $12 (22oz bottle)
For the winter season, YuleSmith is brewed as an Imperial Red Ale. This version is maltier, more balanced, and darker in color than the summer version. Although quite malty, big hop flavors and aromas are abundant making this an unforgettable winter warmer. Winter YuleSmith is packaged in traditional holiday red and green. Purchase at the Golden Gopher Bottle Shop. If a bottle isn’t your first gift choice, Golden Gopher Craft Beer Society memberships ($60) are also great as stocking stuffers, contact lauren@213downtown.la to purchase yours today!

Seven Grand – Old Forester Birthday Bourbon – 2012 Release – $40
Released only once a year, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris batches a single days worth of production, creating a Bourbon that will never be replicated. This year he batched together 82 single barrels that had extra barley in the mashbill, resulting is a nuttiness the line has never before had. The release has bright red fruit, warm baking spices and a long sweet finish. An absolute must have. Purchase here! Don’t forget, our Seven Grand Whiskey Society Memberships ($120) also make for great gifts. Contact andrew@213downtown.la to purchase yours today!