If things seem even boozier in Downtown LA this weekend, it's because the Golden State of Cocktails, a celebration of California's cocktail culture, is back. From Sunday through Tuesday (Jan. 24-26), hundreds of bartenders, mixologists, spirits reps and other cocktailians converge on The Majestic Downtown for days of seminars and events to help them make the world of drinking even better. And while most of those events are open only to those in the trade, there are more open to the public this year than ever before.
Munchies and Crown Royal has teamed up to host a series of dinners at three top restaurants around town. On Sunday, Jan. 24, dine on a prix fixe menu with cocktail pairings at Girasol, CJ Jacobson's contemporary American restaurant in Studio City; at Faith & Flower Downtown on Monday, Jan. 25; and at Hatchet Hall in Culver City on Tuesday, Jan. 26. All run from 7-9 PM and cost $100 per person.
Other events open to the public include the DTLA Bar Crawl on Monday. Things kick off at Upstairs at Ace Hotel at 7:30 PM, with a breezy walk to Beelman's Pub, The Must and the Continental Club. Each $65 ticket includes a Patron cocktail at each bar, some snacks at one of the stops and a gift bag at the end of the night. There's also The Kentucky Cantina on Monday, basically a late-night happy hour at Las Perlas (starts at 10 PM) with bourbon cocktails and tacos. A suggested $10 donation gets you a taco and two complimentary cocktails; all door proceeds goes to L.A. Kitchen, the official non-profit partner for the weekend.
On Tuesday, you can check out the Museum of the American Cocktail Agave Gallery opening at Las Perlas (6-9 PM), a free happy hour that includes a tasting of agave spirits surrounded by the gallery's new collection of mezcal and tequila artifacts and memorabilia.
After that, you may need a few days to recover.