Is It Any Good?

A nice looking Bar, overlooking the L.A. Farmer’s Market.

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Drinking is not a skill that I’ve gotten good at. What’s Stephanie Miller’s saying? “No good ever good comes from drinking games involving brown liquor”?

I’m someone who likes to enjoy what he’s eating, drinking or tasting. If I’m going to have a nice adult beverage late in the evening, or over a meal, I’d like it to taste like something…or, at least not burn out the roof of my mouth.

That’s why I like Mixology 101 as much as I do. It’s at the edge of the Farmer’s Market, just across the street from the Grove. Just as you cross the street into the Farmer’s Market, with the Marmalade Cafe to your right, you look to your left (and up), and you see Mixology. Just a quick jump up the stairs, and you’re there.

The place is meant to have a bit of a V.I.P. vibe, except that anyone can come in. The atmosphere is more easy going than that. It wasn’t that crowded (which I hope is a good thing). Getting a seat at the bar was no problem, and getting something good (tasting) to drink wasn’t hard either. There are plenty of T.V.s available, and there are plenty of softs and table to kick back and hang out at after a movie, dinner or whatever.There is an emphasis on taste and flavors. Heck, there are recipes on the wall of some of the available…and yeah, they’ll make you want to have them. I myself am now firm believer in the Tennessee Squirrel (which is going by the Mixology website’s Short & Sublime menu is: Jack Daniel’s, Disaronno amaretto, passion fruit syrup, fresh passion fruit & lemon juice, served over ice in an old-fashioned glass. A wonderful way to pass the night away.)

And yes, there’s food if you need. Of course, eating a decent meal as you have a drink is a must. The have a menu of pretty decent bar food, served up by their sister Restaurant, Planet Dallies. It’s basically Sliders, Nachos and the like, but you can have a decent dinner there.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, a drink.  Duh, what else are you there for.

My second visit had me trying a Grasshopper which was…okay. I’ve been told that if you’re not in the right mindset, a Grasshopper might taste too much like cough syrup…and…I wasn’t in the right mindset. That Grasshoppper taught me that my predominant drinking mood leans heavily toward honey and lemon. And there’s plenty of that to choose from on the drink menu. I liked their Singapore Sling. I’m now in love with the Tennessee Squirrel (see above), and I really like the idea of their Jamacian Sangria.

Food wise, I love their Sliders, both the Kobe Beef Sliders, and the Caprese Sliders (which comes with a nice hunk of fresh mozorella). I’ve also had the Turkey Meatballs, very nice, very tasty, very inexpensive. The Potstickers were okay, even though my trying them was technically a violation of the When-In-Doubt-Go-For-The-Real-Thing rule.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: That being said, the crew and staff of Mixology are mostly…yes…actors. Going the night of the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards was a bit tricky, as the staff seemed a little more interested in the awards than anything else.

That being said, you can engage in a conservation with your Barkeep. You can ask them for recommendations, and they know what they’re talking about.

 

PARKING: Trust me, you’re parking in the Grove’s Parking Lot. Life’s just easier that way.

 

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Mixology 101
6333 W 3rd St #020
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Tel: (323) 370-6561

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm