Monday, October 25, 2010

Seven Grand (Los Angeles - Downtown)


I’ve come to wet my whistle here a couple of times now.  While I
haven’t had more than a handful of drinks to consume, the cocktails
that I did try have all been very good, to say the least.

Pros:  COCKTAILS are crafted very well – AS EXPECTED.  The least
           of my favorites, is the Mint Julep (but even that is good).  Try the
           RYE FIX with muddled Raspberries.  I really enjoyed this
           cocktail and I love the "Raspado-like" Ice texture they achieve
           with their Kold Draft Ice Contraption.
            BEER –  selection is good-to-go as well.  I gotta say, I’m kinda
            surprised to see so many people drinking beer though.  I’m a
            beer drinker myself, but when I’m surrounded by Masterful
            Mixologists, I’m treating myself to their craft.  I mean,  would
            you dine at a beachfront restaurant, and given the option of
            sitting outside – with nothing but the sand and water in front of
            you – decline that to sit indoors on a warm summer’s
            day??  "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade,"
            right?  I’m just saying; If you’re at Seven Grand, take advantage
            of these bartenders and put them to use.

            PARKING – Directly across the street 2 lots behind Bottega
            Louie.  Every time I’ve parked there, on weekends, the rate
            has been $3 flat.

            Balcony & Pool Table –  Although the 2 tables are typically  in
            use, I’ve managed to play a few games.  The balcony is cool
            as well and if you’re a smoker, feel free to have at it.    

Cons:  LOCATION – 7th & Grand – enough said.  Could be worse, I
            suppose; but I wouldn’t have my girlfriend come down at night
            alone to meet me here though.  Either way, the location is not
            enough to detract me from coming back.  Honestly, I’m just
            nit-picking now.  If  "Location" is the only thing I can muster up
            to throw dirt at the place, you know you’re in for a good time

So why not rate Seven Grand a 5?  Because Copa D’ Oro is a 5 and they have a humongous cocktail menu for you to choose from, if you aren’t keen to the bounty of cocktails that exist.  Seven Grand
has a few leaflets laying around with maybe 6 cocktails on them for you to choose from.  The other list you’ll come across at Seven Grand is an extended list of Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye that they offer.  Additionally, Copa D’ Oro has servers come around to take your order, if you don’t want to order at the bar.  Not so, at Seven Grand.

I’m not saying Seven Grand Sucks.  By no means am I saying that.  I don’t have a problem with the place at all.  I dig Seven Grand a lot!  I just think Seven Grand can do a little bit here and a little bit there…to accommodate the throngs of people it brings in. Til then, 4.5 stars!!

Rye Fix with Muddled Raspberries (left) and "Blood and Sand" (right).


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