PREP FOR a RAGER WITH THESE 5 PRE-PARTY TRACKS “DO IT, TRY IT” M83
“CLUB WITH ME” SETH BOGART
“WE HAVE SO MANY good cocktails on our new menu at The Abbey,” says bartender Alessio Tringali. “I’m a tequila drinker, and I love the ‘East L.A.’ cocktail, which is made with Cazadores Reposado, mint, lime, fresh cucumber juice and agave nectar. It’s light, refreshing and served in a coupe, which is fun. It’s the perfect Sunday Funday cocktail for tequila drinkers. I also really like the heat from our Jalapeño Lime Margarita, which is made with our own exclusive tequila, barrel-aged for us by Patron.”
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“MAKE ME FALL IN LOVE” TIGA
OFF THE BEaTEN BAR PATH
When your regular weekend bar crawl starts to seem more like a chore, it’s time to switch things up, and these 3 local bars are just the place to do it For Cocktails: Artesia Bar
With the impending May closure of Venice gay bar Roosterfish looming over L.A. residents who will fondly remember the beachfront bar, LGBTQers will need to drive a little further south to the South Bay. Artesia Bar is the only gay bar between Venice and Long Beach, and for locals and visitors alike, it offers up drag shows, karaoke, go-go boys, happy hour (‘til 9 p.m.) and never a cover. Check it out on a Monday for its Drag Race screening party, bring a group for “Gayme Night” on Wednesdays (pool, trivia, beer pong) or prepare to really let loose at “Forbidden Fridays,” the bar’s self-appointed boys’ night. 1995 Artesia Blvd., Redondo cocktails and have a particularly keen enthusiasm for obscure aperitifs and bitters.
Now It’s Your Turn
So, want to start your own home bar? First things first: like every establishment listed here, you can’t charge for drinks, unless you enjoy dealing with the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. Some, like El Tigre Magnifico, leave out tip baskets for imbibers and count on generosity. Most, though, aren’t in it for the money—it’s a fun venture where you can meet some new friends. What about supplies? Bar Keeper is a great place for the necessary hardware and trinkets, with a special focus on hard-to-locate spirits and bitters. (Sly Bar’s Moore works at Bar Keeper, too, located at 3910 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake.) As for décor, that’s the great thing about building your own bar: it can be anything you want. Some go for a polished look, while others, like Bar Rescue regular Joseph Brooke’s Barage, keep it simple; it’s just a bar in a garage. Locating some great vinyl stools or the perfect highball glasses is easy—eBay or Craigslist are popular sources, and checking out bars that have gone kaput is a good way to snag supplies at a reasonable price. What can you do with a home bar? The obvious answer is entertain. Everyone can throw a great dinner party, but how about throwing a great whiskey tasting? Gather some friends (or strangers), pour some drinks and relax. You’ll be happy you skipped the Uber.
For a Tallboy of Beer
It’s been less than a year since DTLA became a real hotbed of L.A.’s LGBT nightlife, but way before the neighborhood’s ‘New Pink Triangle’ (as we dubbed it last August) began to draw out gays from across the city, The New Jalisco Bar was keeping things no-frills in a part of town that sees more upscale dining spots and coffee shops pop up weekly. The Historic Core dive bar—which celebrated its three-year anniversary earlier this month and which draws a mostly local, fun-loving Latin@ crowd—is a go-to for cheap drinks (bring cash) and drag performances. 245 S. Main St., DTLA
For Polynesian Specialties
Tiny East Side spot Tiki Ti scared us all last May when it announced an “indefinite closure,” but we thank the Tiki gods that the decades-old bar (it celebrates 55 years on April 28!) is back and better than ever. Well, technically it’s closed right now for Spring Break, but it will reopen on April 20! First timers: According to the bar’s website, Ray’s Mistake is its most popular drink; The Stealth is the strongest. Personally, we’re a fan of the Scorpion. Oh, and nonsmokers (and many smokers, too, most likely) will be happy to hear that lighting up is no longer allowed inside. You’ll have to take your habit to the sidewalk outside. 4427 Sunset Blvd., Los Feliz —S.H. APRIL 27, 2016
L.A. After Dark