The Powder Room Brings a $500 Boozy Milkshake to Hollywood
November 14, 2013 | by Jessica Estrada | Food & Drink News
Hollywood’s latest nightlife concept, The Powder Room, serves up creative cocktails and “adult” milkshakes in a casual yet luxe retro environment replete with snakeskin barstools, curved wooden walls, and a glittery marble-stone bar. The intimate Hollywood space—brought to you by the same Libertine Group behind neighboring nightspot Saint Felix—is gearing up for a grand opening next Friday (November 22), where they’ll reveal a pricey milkshake that’s sure to garner instant acclaim.
The biggest draw here is owner John Arakaki’s mission to put a foodie twist on the usual spiked milkshakes. Expect mixtures like the Steel Magnolia, with blended red velvet cake, vodka-soaked cherries, crushed salted pretzels, and vanilla ice cream, topped with cream-cheese whipped cream. The Caribbean Queen, meanwhile, mixes dark and light rums, caramelized bananas, vanilla coconut milk, pineapple juice, and vanilla ice cream.
But the star of the show is undoubtedly the aptly named $500 Velvet Goldmine. Though mixologist Adrian Biggs is still putting the finishing touches on the signature shake for its big debut at the grand opening, it’s set to feature a mix of premium spirits, decadent Belgian chocolates, and edible gold leaf. Plus, the shake puts a luxe riff on the idea of a prize at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box, with a keepsake Swarovski Nirvana Montana crystal ring acting as its “garnish.”
If you’re after something a tad tamer try one of head bartender Luke Andes’ creative cocktail creations, which focus on fresh market ingredients, housemade tonics and syrups, and freshly squeezed juices mixed with premium liquors. To wit: patrons can taste pink peppercorn-infused tequila accented with lemon juice, mint, and green tea in a cocktail called The Orient Express. The vodka-based Diamond Dog with jalapeno, mint, iced tea, and lemon juice is yet another prime example of The Powder Room’s creative combinations. 1606 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323-469-5001
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW STUART
Cover shoot: September 2014 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.