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Mixology 101

An exciting new cocktail experience created with the #1 Mixologist in the world, Salvatore Calabrese. Enjoy some delightful food, friendly atmosphere and hospitality unlike any other.

Phone: (323) 370-6560
Address: 6333 West 3rd Street, Suite O20
Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Map It)

Mon–Tue 5:00pm–10:00pm, Wed–Thu 5:00pm–11:00pm
Fri – Sat 5:00pm – 12:00pm
Sun 5:00pm – 10:00pm


Mixology Evolution

GOTHIC AGE: 1775 - 1830’s

The Patent Still is invented by Irishman Aeneas Coffey

GOLDEN AGE: 1840’s - 1919

1856: The most defining and progressive age of Mixology. During this time many classic cocktails were created and the term "Mixologist" was first introduced in an issue of "Knickerbocker", a New York literary journal.

1859: The "Sazerac", known as the first cocktail in America, is created.

1870: Julio Richelieu’s saloon in Martinez, California creates what is believed by many to be the predecessor of The Martini.

1890’s: "American Bars" begin opening in London and across Europe. They presented the popular drinks developed in America to a new audience.

PROHIBITION: 1920 - 1933

With the profession of bartending coming to an end in America due to the Volstead Act, many cocktails came out in Europe and other countryies during this time:

BLOODY MARY - Created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.
NEGRONI - Created by Fosco Scarselli at Casoni in Italy.
BELLINI - Originated at Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy around 1931.

REPEAL: 1934 - 1969

With Prohibition coming to an end, alcohol becomes an outlet for many hit hard by the Great Depression.

RESURGENCE: 1985 - Present

After a less than memorable era of frozen drinks and a departure from the art of the cocktail, a resurgence of Mixology would attract a whole new generation and with it a restored dedication to classic cocktails.


Salvatore Calabrese ("The Maestro") is one of the world’s leading bartenders whose performance arena was Salvatore at FIFTY in London’s St James's. The Maestro developed his talent for combining flavours at an early age while working in a bar in Maiori, a small village on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Salvatore then came to London and took a position at Duke's Hotel in St James's. While there he developed a niche market for special cognacs. This was the start of a concept he calls Liquid History. Salvatore then moved to the illustrious Lanesborough Hotel in Knightsbridge, where he further developed his unique style. He can now be found at 'Salvatore at Playboy' in the heart of Mayfair where he has again created a bar of the utmost taste and elegance, where he continues to offer superb cocktail offerings with his own unique style and showcases his amazing collection of vintage spirits and liqueurs.

From the start, it was a passion for the great classic cocktails that led him to his career. The Maestro also experimented with new liqueurs, both new and old spirits and fresh juices, culminating in exotic cocktails that have themselves become classics.

In 1992 Salvatore Calabrese was awarded the Chevalier du Champagne, and in 1993 he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier du cognac. His most recent awards include:

Class Awards 2005 - Best New Bar, Class Awards 2006 - Bar of the Year, Class Awards 2006 Best Cocktail Offering. Class Awards 2011 - Outstanding Acheivement to the Industry, Theme magazine presented him with the Outstanding Achievement Award 2006, and the Italian Bartenders Association (AIBES) surprised him with an Outstanding Achievement Award 2006 for his contribution to the bar industry.

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