Monday, March 6, 2017

Where to Drink: 1950s Cocktails @ Birds & Bees


The Drinks: 1950s-inspired cocktails with out-of-this-world ingredients

The Location: Downtown

The Vibes: Earthy, underground, mid-century modern

Good for: Alone, dates, groups

When-To-Go: Mondays – Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – midnight; Thursdays – Saturdays, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; closed Sundays

The $$ Factor: All cocktails are $14

The Names behind the scenes: Owners Dev Desai and Ankur Desai, Template Consulting’s Cocktail Connoisseur Marcos Tello, GM Nikki Sunseri and Bar Manager Bethany Ham

The 4-1-1: No food served here; live jazz coming soon

Parking Situation: Nearby parking lot and metered parking

I’ll Be Back…: For the Desi Arnaz Classic cocktail!

A new hidden cocktail den has claimed its stake in downtown Los Angeles!

Birds & Bees officially launched late January 2017, bringing a 1950s flair and tons of craft cocktails with cleverly creative names to the DTLA area. I mean, who wouldn't want to sip an Ella Fitzgerald?!



But while the names may be charming, the ingredients are quite curious and potent. Maybe it's just me, but I'd never heard of Chinese five-spiced cordials, masala-infused cognacs or butternut-squash-infused rums. Most of the current rotation of libations include two to three types of these rare and exotic liquors and mixers. For example, the Doris Day, pictured below, comprises honey, lemon and bourbon, all topped with matcha tea foam. 

 

In total, ten cocktails are evenly divided into two categories on the menu: Seasonal Classics and Forgotten Classics.

The d├ęcor pays homage to the ‘50s decade, with sleek orange couches, retro lamp fixtures and other knick-knacks from the era.

There's also a fun and unusual way to find this underground bar, but I won't give away any secrets — you'll have to figure it out yourself.

See you there soon!


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