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Taking the Edge Off with Pharmacie LA


The Varnish

It’s no secret that every day is the new Friday, so we’ve asked friend and mixologist Talmadge Lowe of Pharmacie LA to share a few of his favorite local spots to grab a drink and unwind.



The Varnish
118 East Sixth Street
Los Angeles, California
213-622-9999
thevarnishbar.com

The Varnish, a well-hidden Downtown LA speakeasy located in the back of Cole’s French Dip, is dark and atmospheric- perfect for when you don’t want to be seen at all. The bar employs a team of the city’s best bartenders and counts Sasha Petraske (of Milk & Honey fame) as co-owner, so you can ensure that your cocktail will be flawless. Order the Bartender’s Choice and throw all worries to the wind.



Bar Covell

4628 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
323-660-4400
barcovell.com

No need to know more than a few adjectives (earthy, fruity, full bodied) to be provided precisely what your palate desires at this cozy wine bar in Los Feliz. The extremely knowledgeable bartenders will happily suggest an eclectic selection of beers and wines based on your personal tastes and encourage you to try them all before making any decisions. Order by the half glass and work your way through the invisible list.


Pour Vous
5574 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA
323-871-8699
pourvousla.com

The door at this French-inspired lounge can be a bit tricky to manage, but once you’ve made it in you’ll feel like an expat in Paris in the 1920′s. Go all the way and order the L’Aphrodisiac: Cabeza Tequila, Mezcal, Chareau Aloe Vera, Lime Juice, Orgeat, Cucumber.

If you are one who prefers to get your hands a little dirty and then and kick back on the couch, Tal provided us with a pair of simple, three ingredient cocktail recipes that are a breeze to make at home- just shake, strain, sip. (Might we suggest our barware set to help you along the way.)

The Lady’s Lunch (a Pharmacie cocktail)
2 oz gin
1.5 oz rosemary simple syrup
1oz lime

*Rosemary Syrup is just water (10oz) and sugar (8 oz) and 3-4 bunches of rosemary. Heat sugar and water until the sugar dissolves, take off heat and add rosemary for steeping. Always let it cool to room temperature before using. Refrigerating over night is preferred.

The Brown Derby (a classic)
2oz bourbon
1 oz honey syrup*
1.5 oz grapefruit

*Honey Syrup is just water (10oz) and honey (8 oz) heated together until they form into a “pourable” honey, usually just before boiling. . Always let it cool to room temperature before using. Refrigerating over night is preferred.

FOR BOTH DRINKS: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake vigorously. Then strain into a coupe glass.

If you want to delve deeper into the mind of a mixologist, we will be announcing the next Modern Cocktail Workshop with Talmadge Lowe soon, so stay tuned!

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