Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix, barmen extraordinaires and co-owners of Black Market Liquor and Scopa Italian Roots, are adding to your liquid-diet needs with this Santa Monica newcomer. The duo took over Central, a longstanding neighborhood bar and music venue, and turned it into a swank cocktail lounge, complete with brick walls, tufted leather banquettes and perfectly dim lights. Take a look around, and you’ll notice the backlit walls of liquor bottles — all the better to showcase the eclectic spirits selection, with a heavy emphasis on gin and whiskey. Sip things like the Spanish gin and tonic (properly served in a goblet), a rye- and mezcal-based El Camino, or something as simple as a beer and a shot. It’s still a neighborhood joint, after all.
1348 14th St.; 310-393-1348