By Aldous Tuck | December 2, 2016 | Lifestyle
'Tis the season for shopping, and a little drinking...
Shop ’til you bar hop! This winter, chill with a visit to a mall-adjacent pub, including Jon & Vinny’s at The Grove (pictured), which touts an in-house wine boutique, where you can stock up on all your holiday party needs
Don’t let holiday shopping stress bog you down. On your next mall run, Uber it… and decompress with a tipple or two between purchases.
Where: Cucina Enoteca (Fashion Island, Newport Beach, 949-706-1416).
“We [re-create] the experience of nonna’s house!” says lead bartender Tucky Dias.
What: The Casanova.
Why: “It brings [me] back to gingerbread house–building with loved ones,” says Dias. “The essence of vanilla, baking spices, tobacco, and bittersweet Cynar blended with festive chocolate: It’s yuletide in a cup.” environment.”
Where: Jon & Vinny’s (412 N. Fairfax Ave., LA, 323-334-3369). Partner, sommelier, and owner of the in-house wine shop, HelenJohannsen touts the restaurant’s “serene environment."
What: 2012 Rosso di Montepulciano.
Why: “Sanguineto is so radical for the holidays!” says Johannsen. “It walks the line between light- and full- bodied [and] has a lusciousness that is seductive. This wine is a holiday hug.”
Where: The Blvd Lounge at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-275-5200). The mood inside is set with “numerous Christmas trees,” says General Manager Grant Nelson.
What: Bourbon Breakfast: Maker’s 46 bourbon, cold-brew coffee, maple syrup, heavy cream, cinnamon.
Why: “The bourbon and cold-brew provide a fun, perfect pick-me-up after a long day of shopping!” says Nelson.
THE VILLAGE AT WESTFIELD TOPANGA
Where: JOEY Woodland Hills (Westfield Topanga, Woodland Hills, 818-340-5639).
What: Al Presidente: “Maker’s Mark bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, Aperol, and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice,” says bar director Jesse Sahlin. “The namesake of our president, Al Jessa.”
Why: “There is a de-stressing balance between the warmth of the bourbon, the Italian liqueurs, and the subtle sweetness of the grapefruit,” says Sahlin. Sounds like the perfect “chill” for a long day at the mall.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BLANN/GETTY IMAGES (COCKTAIL); ANTHONY GAMBOA (THE GROVE)