Hidden behind a lush canopy of plants and trees is Eveleigh, the secret garden of The Sunset Strip. Their front entrance -- like a walk through a quaint forest -- leads to the comfy, country living inspired front bar and restaurant. But the real hidden treasure of this gem is the back bar where Eveleigh holds an intimate gathering known as Industry Night every Monday beginning at 7 p.m., which includes specialty drinks and a selection of bar bites priced between $3-$8.
Recently, the Eveleigh also added a guest bartender series to the mix, showcasing top rated bartenders who come from near and far to create signature cocktails. Slingin' bottles, fresh fruit and mixers all night with an abundant side of friendly conversation, guest bartender Alex Straus took the stage on Feb. 6 as part of the series. Straus hails from New York and has developed leading “fresh fruit cocktail” programs at TAO Beach and more recently Hemingway's Bar, located in Los Angeles.
At Eveleigh, his menu for the night consisted of a medley of delicious cocktails mixed with ingredients including organic vodka, Japanese plum wine, fresh lime and grapefruit juices, Earl Grey orange syrup and agave. Among all these complex beverages, Straus also kept it simple and offered his own version of a shot of tequila and a beer. Industry Night is a great way to unwind with friends, family and co-workers from having a case of the Mondays and realign your mind and soul with spirits, good food, conversation and good company for the rest of the work week ahead.
Tonight, the guest bartender series continues with Julian Cox. Recently named L.A.’s best mixologist by Angeleno magazine, Cox’s experience includes crafting cocktails at Comme Ca, Sona, Rivera and Short Order. Stop by the back bar and see what he’s mixing up tonight. For more information, visit www.theeveleigh.com
--Genie Sanchez, www.totallylikeduh.com