Where to Drink in Los Angeles for Negroni Week, June 24-30
Negroni Week returns next week, June 24-30. Imbibe Magazine and Campari created the worldwide cocktail event which celebrates the beloved Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth drink in 2013 and now has grown to over 10,000 venues! Participating restaurants and bars around the world donate to the Negroni Week official charities. They also can donate to a charity of their choice before and after Negroni Week. To find a negroni and drink for a cause near you, check out the official site.
In Los Angeles, there are dozens and dozens of participating bars and restaurants. Here are my top picks!
I recently checked out Atrium in Los Feliz. They have a Negroni variation called Livin’ Loose. I really enjoyed this summery version of the classic. Atrium has picked Mercy Corps as their charity partner which connects refugees and women with secure, productive and just communities.
Livin’ Loose – Krogstad Aquavit, Ventura Spirits Strawberry Brandy, Yuste Amontillado, Dolin Dry
Atrium – 1816 – A N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Over at Ever Bar at the Klimpton Everly Hotel in Hollywood, they’re doing an 90s themed Negroni month called, “NOW! That’s What I Call A Negroni Menu”. Negroni variations are available from June 24 to July 15 (yes, past Negroni Week!). The drink shown above is not from the Negroni menu but from their Game of Thrones menu a couple months back. But how great would it be if you got a Negroni servied in a dragon goblet– wasn’t there a 90s themed sci-fi/ fantasy dragon show? Okay, maybe not. I can’t wait to see Ever Bar’s drinks since they always do so well with themes. Their holiday one was fun!
Here are some of the ones available:
- MMMBop – Hanson: Wild Turkey rye, Suze, Green Bar Hopes amaro, Cocchi Americano, Yellow Chartreuse, IPA float
- All My Life – K-CI & JoJo: Mal Bien espadin mezcal, coconut oil washed Herradura reposado tequila, Lustau East India sherry, Braulio amaro, chocolate bitters
- Barbie Girl – Aqua: Grey Whale gin, Dolin Blanc, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Blue Majik spirulina, saline, watermelon
- Say You’ll Be There – The Spice Girls: Bulldog Gin, Edinburg Gin Rhubarb & Ginger liqueur, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, five spice, ginger bitters, spice
- Karma Police – Radiohead: Del Maguey Vida mezcal, Campari, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, Fire Water Bitters
- Fly Away – Lenny Kravitz: Aviation Gin, Salers Aperitif, Ancho Reyes Verde, Noilly Pray dry vermouth
Ever Bar will donate to No Kid Hungry, a charity dedicated to solving childhood hunger.
Ever Bar at the Klimpton Everly Hotel — 1800 Argyle Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Brera went with the Italian gin, Malfy. I love the lemon Malfy. It goes so well in this Negroni variation. Actually, I prefer Negronis to be garnished with lemon twists rather than orange since Campari is so orange-forward. In this variation, the Malfy gives me that same flavor profile. The bitter is Lo-Fi’s Genetian aperitivo and completed with Dolin rouge vermouth.
Brera is donating to Water for the People which is dedicated to providing sustainable clean water as well as sanitation services around the world.
Fellini – Malfy lemon gin, Lo-Fi Gentian Aperitivo, Dolin rouge vermouth
Brera – 1331 E 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Next door to Brera is Sixth & Mill which opened a few months. If you want real Italian pizza, I highly recommend them. I will be writing a full report soon but until then, I do recommend the Independents (Negroni varation) which is with local Astral Pacific gin from The Spirit Guild. Bar Manager Tom Costello also used Brooklyn’s St. Agretsis Inferno Aperitivo Bitter and Lo-Fi Aperitifs’ sweet vermouth. Although it’s a variation since it’s not with Campari, it has all the classic bitter notes.
The Independents – Spirit Guild’s Astral Pacific gin, St. Agretsis Inferno Aperitivo Bitter, Lo-Fi sweet vermouth.
Sixth and Mill’s charity partner is the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation. This group is dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable to everyone including LGBTQI+ and women.
Around the corner is The Factory Kitchen which is part of the Brera and Sixth & Mill group. Their Negroni is a classic Negroni and their charity is PAWS. This group helps with rehab of injured and orphaned animals for adoption.
Sixth & Mill — 1335 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
The new plant based Nic’s on Beverly (in the old The Ponte space) will be featuring a Negroni called “Jean Claud Van Groni” which I imagine is what happens when Jean-Claude Van Damme drinks. This is a the mezcal drink on the menu called Bua Loy Kai Wan (shown above) with El Silencio mezcal. Bua Loy Kai Wan means rice balls in Thai. I suspect these are the Campari and sweet vermouth “roe” in the drink.
There is a Negroni Congelato on the menu that sounds really fun. It’s a Negroni granita and if it’s anything like their snow cone, I’d get that immediately! More on that in a future post.
Nic’s on Beverly is also donating to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation.
Nic’s on Beverly- 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Other spots I’d drink at for a Negroni in Los Angeles – click on each for addresses and posts from The Minty
- The Manufactory
- Bar Toscana
- Accomplice Bar
- Dirty Laundry
- No Vacancy
- Cal Mare
- The Wallace
- Roger Room
- Barrel and Ashes
- Here’s Looking at You
- The Normandie Club
- Bibo Ergo Sum
- Brack Shop Tavern
- Seven Grand
- The Nomad
- 71 Above
- Tony’s Saloon
- Cole’s French Dip
- Inko Nito
- General Lee’s
- Gold Line
- The Mermaid Bar
… and there are more! Check out the site!
Negroni Week bar crawl anyone?
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