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I’m a business consultant, boutique hotel partner, bon vivant and raconteur. I’m also a cocktail enthusiast and a native Angeleno, and I’m very happy to see that Los Angeles cocktail culture has come into its own. As Jonathan Gold aptly puts it, the city is once again experiencing its Cocktail Moment. For those seeking craft or classic cocktails, there are more options than ever, from the Cedd Moses collective and the Edison in downtown, to the Roger Room in mid-city, to Copa d’Oro on the Westside. And yet, it seems that many places are still lurking under the radar, despite local (and in some cases national) acclaim.

With that in mind, I launched Thirsty In LA to further expand awareness of LA’s thriving cocktail community. More than just a bar guide, Thirsty In LA will provide a spotlight on the talented men and women who have taken LA’s cocktail culture to the next level. If all goes well, you’ll be reading occasional guest blogs with cocktail recipes, spirit reviews, and tips for the cocktail enthusiast. Thirsty In LA will also be a source for info on upcoming events, book reviews, cocktail trends and history.

But first and foremost, I’ll be sharing my cocktailing experiences in the City of Angels, from the latest grand openings to landmark bars that have stood the test of time. Some of LA’s top bar programs happen to be at restaurants like Rivera and Comme Ca, so I’ll also be cajoling my drinking companions into occasional dining excursions. Or, to paraphrase the immortal Nick Charles: “Let’s get something to eat, I’m thirsty.”


~ Daniel

16 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2009 6:15 pm

    Welcome to the blogosphere, Daniel. Nice to see yet another person dip their toe into the online world. Let me know if you’d like to cross link. I’m adding a links page to my website.

    All best, Natalie

  2. Jack C. Merrick permalink
    July 18, 2009 2:26 pm

    Daniel: My liver is evil and must be punished! Thank you for taking my enthusiasm for alcohol even higher.

    • thirstyinla permalink*
      July 19, 2009 10:34 am

      Cheers, Jack! Looking forward to the next session.

  3. July 27, 2009 3:01 pm

    Oh, we should so go out drinking one day. Love the site

    • thirstyinla permalink*
      July 27, 2009 3:45 pm

      Would love to, Yolanda! Thanks for visiting.

      • July 28, 2009 1:32 pm

        Just hit me up on twitter as I am following you. I’m yolie007

  4. December 5, 2009 10:13 am

    Jeez, where the hell have I been, and why am I stumbling into this website only now? *smack forehead*

    Great job! Onto the blogroll you go. 🙂

    • thirstyinla permalink*
      December 5, 2009 10:37 am

      Thanks Chuck! Right back atcha…and Happy Repeal Day! 🙂

  5. December 9, 2009 2:02 pm

    Hi Daniel,

    Great blog!

    I just got a bit confused, though, as I just responded to one of your tweets on one of your Twitter accounts (I think? Maybe it was a personal one). When I give you a shout-out on a Trazzler account, which @name would you like me to use?


    • thirstyinla permalink*
      December 9, 2009 3:57 pm

      Thanks Cheri! I replied on Twitter, thanks for taking the time to find me. 🙂

  6. December 20, 2009 12:52 pm


    You are a fine asset indeed, sir–a real pleasure imbibing with you at Tar Pit. Thank you for aptly making LA a little more thirsty every day. I will very much look forward to our next meeting–agave, wasn’t that the idea…?



    • thirstyinla permalink*
      December 20, 2009 3:13 pm

      Cheers, Wyatt! The pleasure was all mine. LIkewise looking forward to our next session, and agave will indeed be involved.

  7. January 5, 2010 10:38 am

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll (as you’re on mine too). I love that we both started cocktail culture blogs on opposite coasts on World Cocktail Day ’09–how appropriate!



    • thirstyinla permalink*
      January 5, 2010 11:00 am

      Great minds drink alike! Very cool indeed. Cheers!

  8. January 11, 2010 10:47 am

    Thanks to your comment and The Drunken Army, I stumbled onto your site Daniel and find you linked to the Den on Twitter! Awesome & Thanks! Glad to make your virtual acquaintance and I’ll be adding you to the ole Blog roll.


    • thirstyinla permalink*
      January 11, 2010 11:58 am

      Cheers, Marshall! Thanks for the add, I’ll be doing the same 🙂

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