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Jaymee Mandeville at Drago Centro

In Bartender, DTLA on August 15, 2011 at 10:20 am



Head bartender Jaymee Mandeville at Drago Centro is there every night except Tuesdays and Sundays. She along with Beverage Director/ Sommelier Michael Shearin, have devloped seasonal cocktail lists that are very original. Yet there are always a number of classic cocktails on special that are great. And she’s more than happy to whip you up something to your taste or select a wine for you. And when I can’t think of something I want, she always has a mai tai for me.

Drago Centro is probably the restaurant/bar that I frequent the most.  With more than 40 check-ins according to foursquare, I’ve had a lot of cocktails from Jaymee. They’re very consistent.

The picture is from her guest stint at Michael’s Santa Monica.

Drago Centro

525 S Flower St., Ste 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071 – (213) 228-8998


George at Seven Grand

In Bartender, DTLA on July 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

George at Seven Grand

George has been at Seven Grand since it opened a few years ago. He’s absolutely my favorite bartender there. I recently went back to try the new cocktails. This was a Monday but usually George opens Wednesdays and Thursdays. He’s gone by 9 p.m. so catch him for happy hour. He’s occasionally there on Fridays and also Saturdays from 8 to close. This information was texted to me by another bar stalker so please call ahead to confirm.

Seven Grand

515 W 7th St., 2nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 614-0737

Davidson Fernie at La Descarga and Harvard & Stone

In Bartender, East Hollywood on July 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Davidson Fernie

Find Davidson Fernie at La Descarga on Friday and Saturday nights. He’s also at Harvard & Stone most other nights (Sunday through Wednesdays) with occasional shifts at Playa. Look for him at the new Pour Vous opening next month September.

I first met Dave at Test Kitchen where he’s come to gradually know my style of cocktail (brown, bitter, stirred). He always has a new whiskey cocktail to introduce to me. Quite a few of the cocktails are recipes from well-known New York cocktail bars. I love that he’s so well-versed. A recent favorite was the Americano. I’ve featured some of his bourbon cocktails here and his other whiskey drinks here.

La Descarga

1159 North Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029-1050 – (323) 466-0181

Harvard & Stone

5221 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90027-4908 – (323) 466-6063


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