Celebrate Cocktailians’ Cross-Medium Creativity at Art Beyond the Glass on Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Lounge at Sadie

We already know that our favorite Los Angeles bartenders are some of the most talented and artistic set in the city. And no, I’m not talking about constraining service employees to that stereotypical archetype of actor-actress, though I know how easy it is for you, the all-knowing Angeleno, to do so.

I’m talking about painting, photography, graffiti art, classical piano, DJing, and…who knows what else? There is plenty more in-store and ready to surprise you. All talents will be on display with no holds barred (even a surprise performance by Aidan Demarest and Marcos Tello) at the inaugural Art Beyond the Glass this upcoming Sunday. It’s an afternoon-to-evening curated by famous cocktail blogger Daniel Djang of Thirsty in LA and superstar mixologist and bar manager Zahra Bates of Providence, and what better place to do it than at Sadie Restaurant with food by Mark Gold? Mark this down as the definitive Los Angeles’s cocktail event, which brings together those sharing a beautiful artistry to showcase their artistry in all other areas.

Anxious to see just whose art, exactly, will be on display? Never fear. And those who will actually be behind the stick (an art in and of itself) are denoted with a (*):

  • Rich Andreoli (*), Mia Sarazen (* & photography) – Areal

    The Parlor at Sadie

  • Matt Biancaniello (*) – Library Bar at The Roosevelt
  • Chris Bostick – The former GM of The Varnish has graciously donated a couple of his graphic prints to display at Art Beyond The Glass.
  • Brian Butler (* & art display) – Sunny Spot, A-Frame
  • Julian Cox (*) – Picca, Playa, Rivera, Short Order, Sotto
  • Edwin Cruz (*) – Tlapazola Grill
  • Allan Katz (DJ), Angela Gomez (*) – Caña
  • Eugene Lee (* & photography), Dan Long and Rosie Ruiz (*) – Big Bar at Alcove
  • Lil’ Twisted Sangrita ft. Cari Hah (*) – Neat, & Jaymee Mandeville (*) – Drago Centro
  • Laura Lindsay (Live Music Performance) – Providence
  • Steve Livigni (DJ), Pablo Moix (Street Art – Live Graffiti), Dave Fernie (DJ), Lindsay Nader (* & Live Performance) – Harvard & Stone, La Descarga, Pour Vous
  • Joshua Lucas (Magic Show) – The Writer’s Room
  • Live Performance by Mad Planet featuring Cooper Gillespie and MonicaOlive (Thirsty Crow), Tony Crouse (Broadway Bar), Greg Gordon (supperclub)
  • Giovanni Martinez, Greg Bryson (*) – Sadie
  • China Morbosa (Artist) – Eveleigh
  • Chris Ojeda, Mia Mastroianni (*) – Soho House
  • Justin Pike (* & Artist) – The Tasting Kitchen
  • Jason Schiffer (*) – 320 Main
  • Naomi Schimek, Diana Gettinger (Both DJing)– The Spare Room
  • Erik Trickett (Live Piano Performance) – Roe Restaurant & Fish Market
  • Kylee Van Dillen, Dan McClary (*) – Westside Tavern
  • Daniel Zacharczuk (*), Ricky Yarnall (Artist) – Bar|Kitchen

The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales, artwork sales and T-shirt sales (limited edition silkscreened t-shirts by Seven Grand’s Angus McShane, that is) will be donated to Inner City Arts. It’s a fabulous non-profit organization dedicated to the arts instruction of at-risk youth on LA’s skid row, making their futures ever brighter, artistic and promising. (And that is all possible thanks to sponsors like Infinium Spirits, Karlsson’s Vodka, Sailor Jerry, Becherovka, Campari Gruppo, Java Juice, Atlantico Rum, Akvinta Vodka, St. George Spirits, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Henry Wine Group, 123 Tequila and additional sponsorship and support provided by dineLA and smartwater. So be sure to be on the lookout for those spirits in your favorite cocktails.)

Art, music, cocktails and a great cause: There’s really no reason not to buy your ticket now, is there? I’ll see you on the flip side.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

3 – 8 PM

Presale: $40
At-the-door: $50

Art Beyond the Glass at Sadie Restaurant
1638 N. Las Palmas Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
323.467.0200

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@zxenos
@sadierestaurant
@giomartinez
@futuregreg

Do This: Alcove Brunch at the Bar in Big Bar

Crab Cake Benedict ($13.95)

We all have done it. We all have stood in lines. We may have even stood in lines for brunch, even though it’s our first kick-start of the day and can’t even function standing up in said line without that first cup of coffee.

Lifeboat Cocktail

So when I took my friends visiting from Milwaukee to The Alcove for the ultimate L.A. brunch, I was feeling pretty much like a sucker when I saw the line trail out their cute, tiny cottage door and onto the brick walkway. It was a Saturday morning – brunch time at one of the most popular brunch spots – and I dared think, “I don’t stand in lines.” Luckily, one of the staff caught my “explore other options” vibe and said, “There are seats at the bar in Big Bar, if you want to sit down.” I was fast as a rocket: “Is it full menu?” “Yes.” So I sprinted into Big Bar to claim our four spots in a flash.

Bar seating is underrated. I enjoy being a part of the action (the bar at Lazy Ox Canteen is one of my favorite places to eat solo) and witness to what goes into making the food and cocktails I’m about to consume. The best seats in the house were essentially unclaimed before we had arrived. And with Rosie Ruiz and Eugene Lee behind the bar, my friends and I were about to experience a cornucopia of delectable cocktails beyond our already-excellent Bloody Marys made with pureed in-house tomato juice and sinus-clearing horseradish.

I loved my crab cake benedict and my friends (two Jessicas and an Eric) blissfully enjoyed their scrambles and crab cake sandwich. It’s no secret that food is consistently solid at The Alcove, and I was relieved that that was still true even though it’d been awhile since I had returned. Truth be told, we stayed at The Alcove for over 3 hours, thanks to our willingness to be liquid guinea pigs and Rosie and Eugene’s gregariousness and hospitality at Big Bar’s…bar.

Plymouth Gin, vermouth, jalapeno

I never did sit in front of such a lively pair of bartenders in the morning with zero guilt. Usually, I’d validate morning drinking with a bloody mary – but why restrict it to just one cocktail? Eugene asked me what I wanted to drink next, and I picked gin. And so he put together a beautifully simple cocktail that had just the right amount of kick in it thanks to the jalapeno. Hand-crafted, tailored cocktails in the morning … I can handle that.

But I apparently can’t handle notes during brunch in the morning, since the coveted recipes are nowhere to be found in my phone. (Don’t worry, I can type without looking at my phone, under the bar. Look ma, no touch screen!) One of the lost notes includes the Lifeboat cocktail, which Eugene shared is a Kirsten Dunst favorite – to the point of returning a handful of times and bothering him during his meal to make the cocktail, just to skip out on the check.

Gah. Celebrities. It may not be Hollywood, but there’s no escaping that The Alcove is a scene, a place to be. Deservedly so. Just don’t take my seat at the bar.

P.S. – Eugene’s got tunes on the patio and at Big Bar on Wednesdays, the themes of which change every week. So, be sure to pop in for food and/or cocktails for what promises to be crazy, mid-week funtime. Big Bar itself also has some of the best bar bites I’ve had in town.

All photography by Jessica Kaminski…which is why it looks professional and stuff.

Mon – Wed

6 AM – 12 AM

Thur – Sat

6 AM -1 AM

Sun

7 AM – 12 AM

Breakfast available 1 hr after opening until 5 PM

The Alcove and Big Bar
1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027-2711
323.644.0100

@bigbarlosfeliz