Two food bloggers walk into a bar…or two/three/four; along the way they pick up a bartender, boba cocktails, and give away pizza slices to strangers. Just an average night for a Foodbeast in LA’s Fairfax district.
In GQ’s new video series Where’s the Bar, we find our very own Elie and Rudy exploring the streets of Fairfax to experience the best places to eat and drink (but mostly drink). Enlisting in the help of LA bartender Ryan Wainwright, the three manage to hit up five top-notch spots in just one night! And that’s pretty impressive considering how full their stomachs were.
Check out the video above and the stops below for your own mini guide to owning LA’s Fairfax district.
Still from Cocktail How-to: The 50/50 Martini
Terrine is a French brasserie on Beverly, serving traditional French food with a modern twist. Chef Kris Morningstar shares that they aim to bring new life to old classics to show how/why they’re considered timeless rather than outdated. It’s here where bartender Ryan gave Rudy and Elie an intimate martini-making lesson.
The prestigious coffee chain’s Fairfax location is the first Blue Bottle in LA to feature a menu with prepared food offerings, like wafels, sandwiches, and toast. Our boys popped in for a quick pick me-up to tickle Ryan’s fancy.
A newer spot among the Fairfax scene, E.P. & L.P. is comprised of two settings: E.P., an Asian eating house, and L.P., a rooftop bar that apparently serves Taiwanese boba gin cocktails. Obviously, it’s the place to get your par-tea on.
Photo courtesy of The Dime
The Dime is a bar renowned for a good-vibes atmosphere and a no-bullshit attitude. “We take pride in a few things: our neighborhood, strong drinks, great food and the best DJs and staff in Los Angeles.” Sounds like a flawless business model to me. Our guys made sure to grab a quick drink at this LA staple.
Photo courtesy of CantersDeli.com
Across the street from the Dime, the Kibitz is the legendary bar where Guns ‘n’ Roses officially formed. “No Axl, but it was a lot of fun,” Rudy quipped. In addition to awesome drinks and good times, they also offer some rockin’ LA-famous pastrami sandwiches and killer milkshakes via Canter’s, a deli that’s connected to the bar.