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Cocktail-Centric Commune

April 10, 2014

Apartment A

With a slew of high profile individual projects to their respective names, the Cocktail Academy dream team comprising Matthew Landes (Montage), Brandyn Tepper (Hinoki & The Bird and Max Kestenbaum (41 Ocean) has proven once and for all that 3 top-notch bartenders are better than one. Their recently unveiled multi-purpose event space and cocktail lab, Apartment A, is a so-hip-it-hurts, loft-like vision (executed by designer Matt Winter) of polished concrete floors, homey vintage furniture, draped ivy vines and greenery, with an appealingly diverse service offering as the cherry on top.

The Apartment plays host to private functions, where signature mixes including Tepper’s gin-based Clover Club (shaken with lemon juice, raspberry syrup and egg whites) get the space buzzing, while public soirées are the talk of the town. Previous events like TRAVELocal: Mexico, a collaboration with TRUFFL, saw pop-ups including a convivial Oaxacan fiesta by way of Phillip Franklin Lee’s (Scratch Bar) El Mexican Food. When the party’s over, the Academy lets you get the inside scoop from the pros, with cocktail workshops covering production, history and varieties of spirits (from mezcal to whiskey), followed by an instructional demonstration and, of course, the obligatory ‘drink what you make’ tasting. A for A-mazing!

Room 107 / 652 Mateo St / Art District / +1 213 800 3026 /