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Where to Drink in LA: Church Key

Where to Drink in LA: Church Key

Where to Drink in LA: Church Key While on our extended holiday in California this year, we decided to do a bit of reconnaissance on Los Angeles neighborhoods. One of us is from Greater LA, but only if you take the ‘greater’ part at its most expansive. When we’re in Southern California we, of course, enjoy seeing family, and we, equally obviously, luxuriate in the near-perfect weather. However, after a few days, we start to miss the city. A little getaway to a more urban environment would not be so difficult, but neither one of us knows much about LA proper. We decided this was the year to change that. We stayed a week in Hollywood, and made half-day long forays into a handful of other neighborhoods, to see if we could get a feel for LA. We learned that ‘walkable’ has a different definition in LA than Boston or DC, that we could definitely get used to year-round outdoor dining, that LA knows how to do salads better,...

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Where to Drink in Columbia, SC: Bourbon

Where to Drink in Columbia, SC: Bourbon

Where to Drink in Columbia, SC: Bourbon A recent work trip took me to Columbia, SC. When I’m away from the comforts of home, a key question is, ‘Where will I unwind at the end of the day?’ I had some hope that the answer would be the hotel bar. At some point, someone put quite a bit of creative energy into my hotel’s food and dining options. On the roof, there was a roof deck lounge. On the mezzanine, an attractive looking restaurant overlooking the hotel lobby. In the lobby itself, there was Vault, a cocktail den inside the giant safe left over from the lobby’s previous life as a bank. The Vault contained an inviting little bar and several comfortable-looking conversation nooks. It seemed promising, but it turned out that they were severely overreaching. The roof deck, understandably, was closed for the winter. Less understandably, the restaurant and the cocktail den shared a menu, by which I mean not that the items were the same on both...

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Where You Should Be Drinking in Boston: Bronwyn

Where You Should Be Drinking in Boston: Bronwyn

Where You Should Be Drinking in Boston: Bronwyn After a two year absence, we returned to our home in Union Square noticing some things we’d overlooked the first time around. For instance, we noticed just how fast and recklessly cars whip around the corner in front of our building; having gotten used to our slow, quiet block in DC it was a little frightening, especially since we were just learning to navigate the neighborhood with a stroller. On the more positive side, there are places like Brownyn, the nouveau German restaurant in the middle of Union Square. We’ve always liked Bronwyn. Our German friends tell us that the food is neither authentic nor very good, but since we’re not German we find it enjoyably different from our usual. They have a pleasantly secluded outdoor patio. Their dining room–part beer hall, part medieval castle in its decor–is a warm and comfortable place for a beer, or even a cocktail, which they’re surprisingly good at mixing. We like Bronwyn, but we...

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Where to Drink on the PCH: Pebble Beach + Semi-Black Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Where to Drink on the PCH: Pebble Beach + Semi-Black Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

Where to Drink on the PCH: Pebble Beach When we spent the first week and a half of January on a driving tour of California, introducing our new child to some of our favorite people and places, our family kindly lent us one of their cars for the occasion, asking only a small favor in return. Our golf-crazed father(-in-law) asked that when we stop in Carmel we make a small detour through Pebble Beach Golf Resort to pick up their 2018 calendar, which you can apparently only purchase onsite. The request came with a tip: if you’re at Pebble Beach around sundown, get a drink at Spanish Bay, where it’s accompanied by a great view of the sunset and the sounds of a bagpiper slowly making his way down the final fairway; if you are there during the day, get your drink at the main lounge, where you have an excellent view of the bay beyond the 18th hole green. We felt known. We gained a new appreciation for...

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Jimmie Special Cocktail Recipe

Jimmie Special Cocktail Recipe

Jimmie Special Cocktail Recipe We recently found ourselves with a limited bar, but with just as much of an appetite for cocktails as usual. One of the things we happened to have on hand, a bit unusual for us, was champagne–left over from our batch of Boston Club Punch. Remembering that Hemingway was a big Champagne fan, we thumbed through our handy copy of To Have and Have Another to see if he had any ideas for us. Nothing involving Champagne caught our eye, but the Jimmie Special did. It just happens to involve all of the modifying ingredients from the Boston Club, and we had leftovers of them too. Jimmie was a Montparnasse bartender in the 1920s when a young Hemingway, a young F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others were in Paris, attending Gertrude Stein’s salons, learning to write, and learning to drink. I’ll let Philip Greene tell you about the Montparnasse gossip and Jimmie’s wild claims about the powers of this drink. The drink itself is intensely flavored,...

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“Roberts & June know their cocktails and have an eye for detail! Their knowledge and passion is fantastic and above all, they are lovely genuine people.”

 

-Justin, Cambridge, MA

“The cocktail tasting party was fun and festive! The specialty cocktails were delicious and I loved being able to taste quite a few. I also enjoyed learning how to put a twist on traditional drink. The atmosphere was casual and laid back but classy and tasteful at the same time. I highly recommend Roberts & June for any special occasion!”

 

 

-Jenny, Los Angeles

“Loving it! The art of mixology comes to life at Roberts & June’s cocktail tasting parties. Fun and informative, this is a great way to spend an evening with friends. Can’t wait for the next event.”

 

-Rae, Cambridge

“Innovative and imaginative ideas combine with great taste and attention to making the event unique and personal. The cocktails were delicious, but their professional yet warm and friendly approach were the qualities that made the event one I will never forget.”

-Jayme, Washington D.C

“The whole proposal of welcoming everyone into the world of cocktails is really great, as were the drinks themselves.”
-Jose, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

“They think of everything to make the experience fun and delightful.

 

-Alexa, South Orange

 

  • they have an eye for detail
  • fun & festive
  • Loving it!
  • Wow, they know how to throw an amazing party
  • welcoming everyone into the world of cocktails
  • they think of everything