Los Angeles has some of the hottest bar scenes in the country right now. With features like market-fresh ingredients, homage to Prohibition Era classics, and even a focus on molecular gastronomy, these drinks are taking center stage. We’re celebrating the city’s finest bartenders and mixologists in this piece, giving them a space to both strut their stuff and let you in on a little secret: they love hearing bad pick-up lines–especially laughing about them afterward.
Some things of note: Joseph Brooke, director of spirits at The Edison, is marrying a woman that he met at a bar (it’s not an urban legend!). Giovanni Martinez of Les Deux told us about a secret bartender’s party where they all count down to New Year’s Eve days afterward (since most will be working on the 31st). And all of them, no matter how busy, are keeping an ear open for the worst pick-up lines of the night.