Archive for July, 2009

SF LCL Bartenders Featured at Clock Bar Anniversary

Posted in Left Coast Libations with tags , on July 14, 2009 by Mr. Manhattan

Just back from Tales of the Cocktail (will do a bit of blogging on that later) but wanted to report that several of the SF-based LCL bartenders will be working guest slots with Marco Dionysos at the Clock Bar this week as part of celebrating its one year anniversary. Here’s the skinny:

Brooke Arthur (Range) & Neyah White (NOPA) will be there on Tuesday the 14th of July.

Erik Adkins (Heaven’s Dog) will be there on Thursday the 16th of July.

The Clock Bar is located in the lobby of the Westin St. Francis hotel, off Union Square. Marco’s cocktails (if you haven’t had them before) are simply divine. My favorites are the Uptown Manhattan and the English Breakfast (which will be featured in the book by the way). Marco also makes a mean Wibble, created by Dick Bradsell of London fame.

Of course, I am sure Brooke, Neyah and Erik will all be mixing up specialties of their own. Probably best to come early and bring a posse so you can sample all the goodnes.



Announcing Left Coast Libations Fall 2009

Posted in Left Coast Libations with tags on July 6, 2009 by Mr. Manhattan

Scott, Ted and I are just about to leave for New Orleans. We’ll be arriving tomorrow (Tuesday) evening and staying at the venerable Monteleone (with all the other poor fools). We’re hauling a big pile of print collateral (paper is heavy!) which I’ve spent a lot of the last week or so designing and then sending off to the printers. For those of you not fortunate enough to be at Tales where we’ll be handing all of this stuff out and/or simply wishing to save a tree, click on the image below to download your very own PDF version of our announcement… Enjoy! [P.S. It’s a BIG file.]

Announcing Left Coast Libations Fall 2009

P.P.S. Don’t forget to ask us about the secret cocktail schmooze…

Oh, That Cocktail Book!

Posted in Left Coast Libations with tags on July 1, 2009 by Mr. Manhattan

Yes, I’ve been a busy boy for the past few months, making ice blocks, brewing shrubs, drinking peach whiskey, tasting bitter tinctures and visiting a lot of local bars. But, wait, you say! Didn’t you start this blog to write about the making of a new cocktail book? Whatever happened to that project? Well, I am glad to say, I’ve never stopped working on it! The three of us on Team Left Coast (Ted Munat, Scott Bodarky and myself) have been operating in stealth mode for the past few months while we continued to work on the book, hammer out business details and setup more infrastructure. With Tales of the Cocktail just a little over a week away, we are now ready to move full speed ahead. Meantime a few mesmerizing details:

Our Spiffy New Logo!

Left Coast Libations Logo

It was a long hard road but we finally managed (with the help of our trusty graphic designer Pilar Erika Johnson) to get this baby finished. And just in time too, as we make a mad dash to the printers to get business cards and other collateral printed up to hand out in New Orleans.

Our Website

We are live. We are building a mailing list. We are even taking pre-orders for the book. Check it out at

The Secret LCL Cocktail Schmooze

Team Left Coast will be hosting a cocktail party sometime during our week in New Orleans. We’ll be offering three four select drinks from the LCL100 plus visits from the bartenders who made ’em. “How do I get to attend this event?” you ask. Well, first you need to get your ass to the conference and then you need to find one of the three of us. Tell us how excited you are about the book and how you plan on buying a copy for everyone in your family this Christmas. Fill our heads with flattering fluff and nonsense. Then, when you think you have us buttered up enough, ask for details on the cocktail party. Hopefully, we’ll remember them too.

See you at The Monteleone next week!