Wednesday, June 13, 2012

LA Cocktail Classic @ Vibiana (Los Angeles - Downtown)


I can't wait for this event to roll around again next year.  In the meantime, I have LA's Best Bartender to look forward to in the Fall.  

You know, I thought I had it figured out before I went to this thing, but when we entered the Vibiana, I knew I was out-matched.  My game plan went right out the window.  I wish I had taken more photographs but there was so much that I felt overwhelmed.  Well, for what it's worth, here are just some of the things Terry and I ran into.  What a night.

A look at the Vibiana from outside.

Before we went inside, we were given a map reminiscent of a mall directory.  We were also given keepsake tasting glasses but they were whisked away when I wasn't looking and the other glass I managed to snag...well, lets just say it was a loooooong night and I have no recollection of what I did with it or where it is now. 

Inside of the Vibiana.  We were one of the first people to arrive so that explains why it looks so empty.  Thanks for being punctual, Terry.  Now we know what half is to blame when you guys are late.

We opened with a couple of tiki tasters.  I believe Marcis Tello was behind these drinks as he was hanging around the stand.

Karlsson's Vodka was in the house.  We had a taste of it along with this cocktail they put together.

You know I had to stop and taste Metl Mezcal.   

Maker's Mark was adjacent to them serving up...

...a punch.

At this point, it started to dawn on me that I was not going to be able to try everything they had on hand or everything I wanted to drink.  They had 50 stands and each stand had an average of 2 featured spirits.  And each stand had at least 2 cocktails to offer.  $45 was an absolute steal for this drinking engagement.  Unlimited drinks for 4 hours.  Sign me up for next year's already!

This lovely lady was representing...

...Encanto Pisco.  Hey, I wonder if that's my tasting glass right there!

Pisco Punch.

Outside, Partido Tequila was serving up an interesting...

...Punch topped with freshly grated nutmeg.

Don Julio was also present.

I had 2 Añejo Manhattans since Terry wanted no part of it.  Damn you!!

But I got back at him with Del Maguey's Pechuga.  See, you should have just drank the Manhattan!

The Japanese Whisky Bar was carving up fresh ice balls.

More pics of stuff I may or may not have drank.  Things were becoming fuzzier by the minute.

Again, I'm not sure what this drink is or where it even came from.  My name is Memo and I have officially signed out.

To help me remember, I took a photo of this!

Perfume River Cocktail (left) & The Safe Word (right). 

Because, you'd be able to remember what went into the drink, right?  Exactly!

I had never heard of these guys.  I liked it though.  Reminded me of Fall with the clove and nutmeg flavor.

It's hard to say, but I think this was a cocktail Becherovka was offering.  Then again, Im probably wrong.

They said they'd have food, but all I saw was a food truck outside.  Inside, one of the stands was giving away some liqueur soaked skewer thingies.  

MB Post was in the building.  I really want to visit their restaurant.  Hopefully by the end of the year.

I'm getting thirsty again.  Who's coming with me next year?  Terry?  Jessie? 

A whole ounce of Absinthe??  So you're what f'd me up!!

V8 on crack.

By the time we left, the place was in full-swing but there wasn't a long wait at any booth/stand.  Who ever organized this event, did a damn good job.  Props to you!

A look at the scene on the patio.

One more for the road, why not!

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