May 11, 2018
Far larger than the New York original, this Culver City offshoot of the barbershop-cum-speakeasy has a stylish yet retro vibe, a whiff of old Hollywood. Out front there’s a traditional and working – barbershop, offering cuts and shaves but venture out back and you’ll find a wood-panelled room, yellowed, atmospheric and faintly clandestine, serving cool craft cocktails like the Seriously Dangerously, a potent mix of bourbon, tomato, basil, lemon, and amber agave, a feisty take on the Bloody Mary, and the Sweeney Ted (see what they did there) which blends Jameson with lemon, honey, pomegranate liqueur, egg white and Creole bitters.
From their seasonal list we like the sound of the Grey Monk, a mix of Earl Grey infused gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Cointreau, Pernod Absinthe, and lemon, and the Apocalypse Now, a mix of Scotch Whisky, Cherry Heering, Orange Liqueur, and grapefruit. Bar bites include several tasty variations on the classic grilled cheese sandwich, all served with the by now obligatory kale (the Pepper Jack/ habanero/jalapeño combo served on artisan bread sounds pretty epic), Sloppy Joe sliders and bags of truffled popcorn. The music is old school too, though more 80s than 40s and DJs get the room moving on weekends.
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