Monday, November 20, 2017

Have a Craft Beer Thanksgiving 2017

Enjoying Craft Beers for Thanksgiving 2017 at a Craft Beer Bar

Enjoy both dark and light beer this Thanksgiving. Now, where does she work?

If you think Thanksgiving is all about Turkey, stuffing, pies, and schtuff like that, I’m here to tell you that you have it all wrong. Thanksgiving is all about drinking! Drinking craft beer! Beer is food! Who the hell needs turkey? Give the poor bird a break, will ya? I’m here to help you have a craft beer Thanksgiving 2017 style.

Calm down, calm down. I’m full of it. Kind of. Let’s get some things straight. I love Thanksgiving. I love the whole chowing down on Turkey and other good stuff traditions. At my family’s annual Thanksgiving gathering, there’s well over a hundred of us. No joke. Over a hundred of us and we eat twice. Not for the faint of heart. Surprisingly, never any arguments. It’s a great time that myself, relatives, and friends all look forward to every single year!

Your Thanksgiving gathering does not have to have over a hundred attendees in order to add delicious craft beer to the fun. Remember, beer is food. So, craft beer is even better food! Let’s eat and drink in high style with some damn tasty and refreshing Thanksgiving 2017 craft beer “must drinks”.

Wednesday is Thanksgiving Party Night 

You most likely don’t have to work, so why not start your Thanksgiving day with some “hair of the dog”. You are going to party down Wednesday night, right? Where I’m from, the night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest party nights of the year. Make it a fun night for you too!

Presenting Your Thanksgiving 2017 Craft Beers!

Double Stout from Green Flash

I recommend starting your Thanksgiving morning with Green Flash Double Stout. It’s almost 9% ABV so that’ll put you back right where you need to be to have fun with your relatives. Even the ones you don’t really care for that much. There’s great coffee flavor to it and you can pour in a little more joe to it for that added caffeine kick. Enjoy the chocolate goodness blended in which makes this stout a sweet holiday breakfast with a dose of ass kick!

Enjoy Yuengling Black & Tan

If you’re a real beast and want to start off the day two-fisted another way, I have a suggestion for that too. Here’s what you do, get your coffee going and have a cup in one hand and wash it down with a Yuengling Black & Tan. Yuengling’s Black & Tan is a mix of their Porter and Premium beer. It has a pretty mild ABV of around 5%.

Thankful for Craft Beer TooIf you don’t want your family to look at you like a rehab-bound lush, drink your coffee first. After that, grab that beckoning Black & Tan bottle of holiday cheer while mouth-watering aromas make your stomach growl for that tasty turkey feast. No need to deny your thirst while waiting for din din. Since this brewski is a little lighter than an imperial stout and clocks in at a lower ABV, no problem making this your all day choice for Thanksgiving and consuming mass quantities of this craft beer.

How About Wheat Beer?

On the other hand, worried about getting “too full” on darker beers and having to go short on Turkey and all the fixings? I’m tempted to say “man up”, but I won’t…even though I just did. How’s that for some light-hearted double talk? All in the name of fun. But wait, didn’t I just mention the word “light’? What a segue to me mentioning Hefeweizen. Yes, it’s wheat beer time my TMB friends.

I’m going all St. Louis with my Hefeweizens. There’s a lot of German beer tradition in St. Lou and they’ve seen a lot of craft breweries become players. I’m not the biggest Hefeweizen fan on planet beer, but I have no problem with these taste bud tingling easy to drink suds bombs.

Let’s go to a grand pappy of St. Louis craft brewers. They got out of the gate back in 1991 with a Pale Ale and a Hefeweizen. Let’s visit Schlafly’s now.

Try Hefeweizen from Schlafly’s

Schlafly Hefeweizen is a bottle of flavors that will make you re-read the label. They’ve gone “hoppy” with this wheat beer. Crisp malts are married with floral hops to make this craft beer almost defy categorization. The initial aroma blast also wafts hopsy, but in the end, Schlafly has come up with a seriously unique and outrageously flavorful Hefeweizen that pushes the envelope and earns them extra craft beer innovation points from yours truly.

Here’s another gem of a craft beer from St. Louis. It has the odd name of Schnickelfritz which, coincidentally, was the name of my neighbor’s dog when I was a kid. I found out it is a German origin term of endearment. Back to the beer.

Drink Schnickelfritz…WTF?

Urban Chestnut is a craft brewer and they do things right. They are especially skilled when it comes toBeer goes with your thanksgiving meal putting out German styles of beer. Their Schnickelfritz Weissbier is a stellar example of their Hefeweizen brewing skills. Urban Chestnut’s Schnickelfritz is both crisp and clean with a balanced aroma of, oddly enough, both clove and banana. It tastes like heaven in a glass with a tiny bit of sweetness to finish it off.

Get Schnickelfritz from Urban Chestnut. Drink Schnickelfritz for Thanksgiving and beyond. Just do it. You’ll thank me. Oh yes, you’ll thank me.

I’ve laid out your craft beer Thanksgiving starting with your morning eye-openers and moving throughout the day. I didn’t overwhelm you with choices. I kept it simple. Only four beers. Just picking two of these, a dark and a light, and enjoying them throughout the day is a recipe for flavorful enjoyment, smiles on your face, and buzzy fun with food, relatives, and football.

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Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

Thanksgiving Appetizer IdeasA couple friends asked  if I had any thanksgiving appetizer ideas, so I thought I’d follow up from my last post about different dinner recipes for Thanksgiving. If you’re your family is anything like mine, when we were kids, we normally made an all-day affair of Thanksgiving. We all gathered to eat lunch, then the adults would veg out, well the men would normally fall asleep watching television. The women would go outside under the large patio, sip on tea, and chat the afternoon up, while we kids would play hide and seek, baseball, climb trees, or anything else we could think of for fun. Once we came back covered in mud from head to toe. That was a sight to see and a Thanksgiving fun time we would never repeat.

I have tons of appetizer recipes to share, but I’m going to share the one’s that tend to go over best at my parties. This first one is lighter and is perfect for health-minded folks. Remember we have a variety of friends nowadays that range from meat eaters to Vegetarians, so when planning, keep in mind those family and friends.

Yogurt Fruit Dip

1 – 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 cup of yogurt (any flavor)
¼ cup sugar (I prefer brown sugar, it makes it richer, however white will do)

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with hand mixer until it’s smooth. Add yogurt and sugar and combine until smooth.

You can serve this with grapes, berries, melons, strawberries, pears, pineapple, and apples. If you choose apples, if you are not serving immediately, you may want to toss a little lemon juice over them, so they do not brown. Serves 6-8

Crispy Salmon Pizza

3 flour tortillas
5.2 ounces boursin cheese
6 ounces smoked salmon thinly sliced
3 tablespoons capers
Fresh dill springs
Olive oil

Cut each tortilla into 6 wedges. Lightly brush wedges with olive oil on both sides. Broil for a few minutes on each side until golden brown and crisp. Let cool, then spread with equal amounts of cheese. Top with smoked salmon and garnish with capers and tiny sprigs of dill. Makes 18 wedges

Chili Cheese Dip with a twist

1 – 8oz package cream cheese
1 – 15oz chili – your choice, beans or no beans
cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 tomato diced and seeded
3 green onions diced
bag of small tortilla strips (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees. (You can also do this in the microwave, however I don’t like using the microwave. Warm chili in a pot. Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a 8×8 glass baking dish. Once oven is preheated, spread chili over top and sprinkle with half the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes. Pour tortilla strips on top, remaining cheese and green onions, cook for another 5-7 minutes until other cheese has melted. Serve immediately.

If you’re not going to serve immediately, you can skip adding the tortilla strips on the top and serve as a dip with regular tortilla chips. Serves 6-8

Ranch Cheese Ball with Crackers

1 – 8oz cream cheese – softened
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 package ranch dip mix (1 oz)
Optional walnuts or pepper
Fancy crackers

This one is easy, once cream cheese has set out a while to soften, mix all ingredients together and form a ball. You can roll it in either the walnuts or the black pepper to coat the outside. Place in the middle of a serving dish and place crackers around it. Serves 8-12

Stuffed MushroomsStuffed Mushrooms Appetizer for Thanksgiving

24 large mushrooms
1 – 8oz cream cheese softened
1 – 6oz package Stove Top Stuffing
½ cup margarine/butter
2 tablespoons oil
Parmesan cheese

Clean mushrooms and remove stems. Prepare the stuffing by following the basic directions on the box. Mix cream cheese and stuffing until cream cheese us completely melted. Fill mushrooms with mixture Melt butter in a large skillet, then add the 2 tablespoons oil and mushrooms with stuffing side up. Cover skillet and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until done. Top with parmesan cheese and serve. Serves 6

There are other items that go over well as appetizers. You can pick up fruit trays and vegetable trays at the grocery store if you are in a pinch, although, I like preparing my own. You can also find really tasty and a large variety of cheeses or cheese spreads at places like Trader Joes or Whole Foods that you can simply buy, place them on a long serving tray together and surround by various types of crackers. Throw a few fresh basil leaves or sprigs of dill and it will look like you’ve hired a professional.

Another easy appetizer is bread dipping oil. There’s a variety of recipes that include olive oil, some add balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic, and other spices to it. Serve with Italian bread, baguettes, or any other type bread loaf.

Get creative and see what sounds good. Remember though, depending on how may you are feeding, don’t overdo the appetizers and cocktails before the main course or you may have a ton of Thanksgiving leftovers. A great idea is to keep to go plates on hand and not end up with a refrigerator full of food for 3 weeks. Have fun and enjoy this holiday season. Don’t forget to remember what all you have to be grateful for.

 

 

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

What To Bring To A Tailgate Party

tailgate partyTraditionally tailgating parties were based around a football game, these days they can be based around any sporting events, outdoor performances (think Opera or orchestra) and Nascar events too.

 

 

What do you bring to a tailgate party? It depends what sort of event you are visiting, you always take food and drink – that used to be a sandwich and a couple of beers, now people pull their tailgate down, get the grill out and prepare a feast!

Top Secrets To The Perfect Tailgating Party

You want something delicious, easy and that proves your team loyalty for the perfect tailgate.

#1. Pre-prep your tailgating treats

Let’s face it, guys and their grilling skills is super well-known, if we make our barbeque skills perfect we can impress our guests with ease and flair!

So, if you really want to impress, do some pre-prep by researching your steaks and turning up to the tailgate with some succulent high-end cuts of beef. You could go for the Wow factor and arrive with a tomahawk steak or casually mention that you decided to go with wagyu today instead of kobe.  No-one will have the slightest clue what you are talking about, but will LOVE the taste of your meat!

You could go upmarket and instead of beer, have a cocktail party! There are loads of great martini recipes on ThingsMenBuy.com and you could take all the ingredients in ready-made containers and mix your martinis at the party!

#2. Deck Out Your Tailgate with your Team

Make sure that you have your team colors and memorabilia out on display to show that you are a true fan.

You could go one step further and theme your food or drink with the team colors.

My team is New England Patriots and I have been known to have pomegranate martinis or blueberry martinis, garnished with a cherry for my drink of the day (I make these with this recipe and substitute the pomegranate for blueberries!)

I will also bring along blueberry muffins and red velvet cakes to the party. There is always plenty of Patriotic Twizzlers in my team colors.  Go Patriots!

#3. DIY Lawn Games

Tailgating lawn games are always great fun and they provide you with plenty of time to make new friends and hang out with buddies before the game.

Tailgating Tricks

Here’s how to really impress the babes that you want, the next ‘level’ of DIY games!!

Get practising guys, if you can impress your date with these tricks you will be so super cool – you’ll be able to choose which bodacious babe you want to date! Check out our guide on First Date Advice to help you once you’ve picked up that first date in your diary.

#4. Supportive Friends & Family

And of course, the most important thing for a tailgating party is it’s not who you support but it’s about having fun with a great group of people who all want to get together. I love the community feel of tailgating it’s a great excuse to enjoy life with each other!

 

 

 

things to have at your tailgate

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Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

The holidays are packed full of family, fun, spirits, food, and a ton of calories. One search online and I can come up with tons of new Thanksgiving dinner ideas. This is exactly what I needed because as a kid, every year we would have with the same food: Aunt Betties “famous” mashed potatoes with gravy, Helen’s squash casserole, mom’s green bean casserole topped with crunchy onions, baked turkey, that was normally as dry as could be, with stuffing that was either one extreme or the other (sticky or dry), and the old faithful dessert, pumpkin pie. And me, I was always in the middle of the kitchen mess with mom.

As an adult, I wanted to spice things up a bit, instead of the traditional recipes, I hunted for new and exciting ways to fix a rocking Thanksgiving meal. Start with the main meat, the turkey. Let’s face it, most turkeys are so dry and tasteless, simply because the person preparing it doesn’t know how to properly brine a turkey and then cook it. My cooking of choice it the greaseless turkey fryer. Yeah baby.

In the kitchen, I am very creative with the side dishes. Anyone who has been to my cookouts, knows I mix things up. It doesn’t get boring here. Although I do receive request for some of the same dishes. I do my best to oblige.

Below are a few recipe ideas I have used. They include some of my favorites and the guests loved them too. I really like this first one because it’s great served with turkey or pork. It’s not limited to only a Thanksgiving side dish. Use it anytime to add flare to your meat.

Kicked-Up Candied Apples

6 cups apples (your choice) I like pink lady. Peeled and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
¼ cup Jack Daniels Whiskey (optional) I have sub for other brands

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place apples, sugar, and butter in a saucepan. Cook stirring occasionally until butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Pour into 9×9 inch baking dish. Bake 40 minutes or until apples are tender and sauce is bubbly. Optional stir in whiskey while apples are hot.

Credit given to the folks at the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchberg, Tennessee

Tip: Prepare this so it is one of the last to come out of the oven or place it in a warmer to keep hot and serve a scoop next to or over the turkey. Oh man, this is so good!

Sweet Potato Gratin – Instead of Candied Yams

3 tablespoons butter, divided
4 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut crosswise into ¼ inch slices
¾ parmesan cheese, grated
2 cups heavy whipping cream
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add one third of the sweet potatoes to the bottom of the pan, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with ¼ cup of the grated parmesan cheese. Repeat with two more layers of sweet potatoes and cheese. In a small bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Pour over potatoes. Dot the top with the remaining 2 table spoons of butter. Cover the dish with foil and bake for twenty minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until potatoes are tender and slightly browned, around 20-25 minutes.

Balsamic & Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

8 cups cauliflower florets, cut into 1 inch thick slices (1 large head will normally do)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
¼ teaspoon salt
pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large glass bowl, toss in the cauliflower, pour olive oil over and mix. Make sure all florets are covered well in oil. Sprinkle marjoram, ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper on top of coated florets, mix well, to ensure even coat. (Optional: you can place a sheet of aluminum foil on a large baking with rim first, shiny side down – this makes for easier cleanup) Arrange florets on baking sheet, so that they do not cover each other. Place in oven and roast until they start to soften and brown on the bottom, about 15-20 minutes. Pull out of oven and put back in cleaned bowl, then add vinegar, toss well. Sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven. Roast for another 5 – 10 minutes, until cheese is melted, and all moisture has evaporated.  Serve immediately. Serves 4.

Garlic Butter Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus
½ stick butter
1 small clove of garlic (sometimes I used already minced garlic)
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash asparagus and cut ends off(not the flowered portion, the other end). Layer them in a glass baking dish. Cut butter into small thin squares and lay on the asparagus. Chop garlic and spread over top of butter (or add minced garlic on top). Sprinkle with salt. Bake for around 20 minutes or until tender. Not mushy, you want them with a little crunch.

Fair warning on this next recipe, it takes time and preparation, however it’s so yummy and worth all the effort.

To Die for Eggplant Parmesan (Not Kidding)

1 medium sized eggplant, peeled and sliced
Breadcrumbs
3 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
3 cups cooking oil
1 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
1 cup romano cheese
**Tomato sauce  (See recipe for instructions)
Kosher salt
Optional 3-4 basil leaves

Peel eggplant. Slice into about ¼ inch slices. If the eggplant seems dry, you can wet them. Next step is to make the eggplant slices sweat. To do this, arrange a layer in a colander, then sprinkle well with salt, place another layer and repeat until all slices have been covered in salt, place a paper towel on top, then place a bowl or something heavy on top as a weight. This helps get the moisture out so the eggplant when cooked is tender and not rubbery. Let them sit for 1 hour. After the hour, rinse each piece to ensure all salt is rinsed off. Lay on paper towels and blot dry.

While you’re waiting on the eggplant slices to sit an hour you can make your tomato sauce, or you can use an already prepared sauce, like an Italian spaghetti sauce no meat (I buy the plain spaghetti sauce and add basil, garlic powder and onion powder to taste). I’ve made my own tomato sauce before and it’s yummy, but if you are short on time, you can use already made kind. Heat the sauce up right before you start frying the eggplant slices.

Let’s get the assembly line ready. 

Place breadcrumbs in a bowl. In another bowl combine eggs and milk, then whip. Place oil in frying pan on a medium heat setting to get hot. Now you have your sauce heated and have a baking dish ready. At least an 9×9 size. (If you have extra, you could prepare, cook and freeze or serve fried eggplant as part of the meal or an appetizer with the sauce for dipping)

Once oil is hot (not too high because you don’t want to burn, take the first slice of eggplant and dip in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs. Coat one side then flip to coat the other, place in frying pan, repeat until you have the oil surface full of cooking eggplant. Fry on side until golden brown, then flip (about a minute on each side). Repeat until all eggplant is cooked golden brown on both sides. Once they come out of the frying pan, place on top of a few paper towels, to absorb some of the oil.

At this point you will have some of the eggplant that has been cooked, now you can put a layer of sauce in the baking dish on the bottom, then arrange a layer of the cooked eggplant, then sprinkle the parmesan cheese and then the ramona cheese on top of the eggplant slices. Next, spoon in another layer of sauce on top of the cheeses. (If I have them, I added a few basil leaves on top of this layer of sauce- this gives extra flavor). Repeat the process one to two more times, according to the size of your baking dish. Make sure your final topping is the cheese. Bake half an hour at 350 degrees.

This eggplant recipe is one of my favorites and was given to me by a family friend. She has lived in Italy and visits often. Her food is delicious. If you’d like to watch her video you can do that here. I like to use any leftover cheese and make Italian cheesy bread to go along with it.

I’d love to know if you try any of these alternative recipes to make your Thanksgiving dinner menu a bit more exciting and different than every other year. Hey, if you think friends and family will freak out, try a one or two to start and see how it goes this year. Then if they love it, you can do a few different ones for next year. Just make a note of what went over well and what didn’t. The same old thing gets boring, at least to me it does. If you love Martini’s as much as we do at our parties, you might want to check out some of the adult beverage Martini recipes.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

What is the Best Place to Have a Martini in Boston

checking out the top place to have a martini in Boston, MASince I am a big fan of the classic martini and since I have a big appreciation of history, it’s natural to combine the two. For me, the best time to enjoy martinis and quality adult beverages, in general, is before, during, and after checking out local history. Why limit yourself, eh? With that in mind, I want to figure out what is the best place to have a martini in Boston. You can imbibe in martinis in any city, but there’s something that feels rightly rebellious about drinking a martini here.

Martinis and Puritans…What?!?!

Boston was founded by Puritans. Not exactly the most party-hardy of folks. What better way to rub their face in it, much after the fact but still appealing to a hedonistic iconoclast like me, than to quaff ridiculously stiff drinks while engaging in fun-loving frivolity with like-minded men and women. Heavy emphasis on women. Take that you fun sucking Puritans!

When drinking martinis, atmosphere is everything. Well, its everything as long as you have an expert martini mixer behind the bar doing things right. Many places have martini menus ten feet long including every flavor and permutation you may or may not have imagined. Let me tell you what, it all starts with the classic ingredients of gin (always my preference) or vodka and dry vermouth. To get respect from me, the tender has to get the classic right.

Finding Out What is the Best Place to Have a Martini in Boston

Oak Long Bar and Kitchenthe popular oak long bar for martinis

They get martinis right at the Oak Long Bar and Kitchen. Traffic-wise, Boston can be a tough town to get around. Parking is a real bear. Public transportation is your friend. Hey, we’re drinking martinis here after all. So, hotel bars are the place to be for me. The atmosphere, the variety of people, and the top shelf cocktails. Pricey…usually, but worth it in my book. With that in mind, the best place to have a martini in Boston is the Oak Long Bar and Kitchen at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

Dress to impress and be ready to drop some coin at this 4 Star, 4 Diamond hotel in operation since 1912. The Back Bay location of the historic Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel is easy walking distance to a number of Fairmont Copley Plaza has Fantastic Cocktailshistoric sights in Boston including Beacon Hill.

The Oak Long Bar and Kitchen features a copper top bar, hand-crafted cocktails, and farm to table dining with locally sourced ingredients. They won the “Best Hotel Bar” in Boston Magazine’s annual Best of Boston competition for 2017. Also in 2017, they won Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. This means that locals and out of towners love this place!

Pay to Play Boston Martini Time!

The scene trends a little older, but this place is lively and a great place to get social while you’re sipping their amazing, and huge, classic martini! I’m talking next level martini here. Expert mixing and execution, killer presentation, and you get plenty for your $22 cocktail spend.

You are served the best martini in Boston in appropriate glassware with your very own martini filled carafe iced down in your very own martini chilling pail. Don’t bitch, don’t wimp out, go here and gladly throw down your big limit credit card for a massive martini and order up some incredible food too. Your taste buds will be thanking you forever.

I feel a Boston vacation calling me…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Getting Winter Ready With Under Armour Cold Gear

As you all know, I am a HUGE fan of Under Armour.  Their brand is one of the staples in my closet, and it never fails to perform in key situations.

In preparation for the cold winter travels we have ahead of us (my son and I are going to Nevada a few times) we loaded up on some new stuff.

Under Amour ColdGear Fleeces & Swackets

Under Armour Cold Gear

As you can see, I couldn’t help myself and grabbed another Project Rock shirt. I’m a huge fan of his line of clothing at UA.

So the swackets were something that came out last year, and I got a few of them.  They are awesome!  My son wanted one as well so hence the Boys UA swacket purchase.  These are very comfortable and actually provide a decent amount of warmth.

I’ll be traveling to Europe this Winter, so I’ll be in need of a lot of gear.  Of course, UA is always my go-to.

I’ll be back more, make sure you visit this page for the latest deals I’ve found online.

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What is the Best Place to Have a Martini in Los Angeles

the best place to have a martini in los angeles is at Musso and Frank served by MannyWhat do you think of when anyone mentions Los Angeles? Smog? Beaches? Traffic? Ocean? The Lakers? The Dodgers? Sure, I think of all those things. Hell, I’ve experienced most of those things and more when in LA. What I mainly think of when I hear Los Angeles is Hollywood. To me, Hollywood makes LA, LA. So if you ask me what is the best place to have a martini in Los Angeles, I’m going to tell you to “go Hollywood”.

Since I have an appreciation for Hollywood, its history, movies, entertainment legends, and that whole scene, I want to drink my martinis in classic digs. Places that have a history, a legendary vibe that you can almost sink your teeth into and taste all the coolness that has taken place there over the years.

What is the Best Place to Have a Martini in Los Angeles?

To me, Los Angeles means Hollywood. And for the best joints to sip classic martinis (and other great cocktails) in Hollywood, there are two stand outs. Musso and Frank Grill is one and The Dresden is the other. Both are icons in their own right and are places to be experienced for adult beverage imbibing men.

Checking out Musso and Frank Grill

Hollywood, CA martini landmark Musso and Frank GrillWhen you’re having a martini in Musso and Frank Grill located in the heart of Hollywood, you are drinking with the ghosts of legends. Bogart, Orson Welles, Garbo, Chaplin and other entertainment giants from the past and present. This place opened back in 1919.

Stop right there! If you think that you’ll get second class service here because you’re not some big celebrity, you couldn’t be more wrong. Everybody get A #1 top shelf service here. That’s part of their secret to being in business almost a hundred years!

A bartender named Manny Aguirre has been mixing “the best martinis in town”, just ask him and he’ll telthe bar at muss and frankl you, there for over 25 years. I haven’t been out there lately, but I’m pretty sure he hasn’t retired. Whether you prefer gin (which I do) or vodka, you’ll get a spectacular martini served just right with extra in a little decanter. I highly recommend you having a classic martini which is beautiful in its simplicity. Gin or Vodka, Dry Vermouth and an olive.

Time for The Dresden

Another best place to drink a martini in Los Angeles is in East Hollywood. The Dresden has been there for classic martinis in Los Angeles, California at The Dresdenabout 60 years. You’ve seen The Dresden in films such as “That Thing You Do” and “Swingers”. They have great music, jazz and standards, every night of the week. The restaurant is on left when you go inside and the piano bar lounge is on the right.

If you want to dig right into one of LA’s best made martinis, head to the bar and order their classic martini. It is so good that is famous in its own right. If that’s not an incentive, I don’t know what the hell is.

They’re Both Great Los Angeles Restaurants Too!

A huge bonus is that both of the best places to drink a classic martini in LA are also excellent places to eat. Having dinner and martinis is satiating two appetites at once just like we men like to do. Enjoy my friends.

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