Michael Hepworth








Venice,CA(,)12/13/16/–The recently opened Lincoln Bar in Venice is a large area that is perfect for socializing, but I do hear it gets really packed on the weekends which is really no surprise. We just had the chance to try some of Their new classic cocktails, many of them packing a big punch, so you have been pre-warned.

I did have a sip of all the special cocktails starting out with the “Jorge Wallbanger,” a Mezcal based cocktail with Galliano, Grapefruit and House Bitters that has been created by beverage director Cameron Dodge-White, a passionate and highly motivated mixologist. Mezcal seems to be tee in drink right now so this would be an excellent start to any night of serious drinking.


The “Rum Me The Right Way” features Aged Rum with House Made Horchata, Almond, Cinnamon and Sweetened Milk that is a winning choice now that the weather has finally cooled down. As I said before Dodge-White is a guy who likes to dazzle the drinker with his expertise so the “U.A.W.D.” is a house infused tequila that is creatively mixed up with Aperol, Honey, Lemon, Cayenne, Pepper and Salt that is of course nice and spicy.


If you are into Rye then try the ridiculously named “Mid-Autumn At 2:27 In Upstate New York” that features an un-named Rye served with Amero Averna, Clove, Coriander and Orange Bitters. Gin drinkers might want to take a shot with the “The Waking Dead” where again an un-named Gin is mixed up with Dry Vermouth, Cocchi, Absinthe, Mandarin and Hibiscus for a potent combination.


The wine list is short and sweet and priced at $12 and it is good to see a Prosecco on the list, in this case Anselmi ‘Il Ceppo from Fruili in Italy. Other wines are from Chile, Australia, France and South Africa with just one offering from California, that being the Pinot Noir 2014 from Folly of the Beast. I am not familiar with that brand, so some research might be in order.

There is of course beer available, highlighted by the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and the Founders Centennial Draught which are both on draught.

In another cool development at the Lincoln Bar, they have announced a weekly “For the Record” series where guests bring their own vinyl records for the resident DJs to play.

 The Lincoln feels like a longtime friend who’s come back home. Founded by partners Jeffrey Best, Kenneth Jones, and Matt Winter (who also led the design), along with bartender Cameron Dodge-White, this cocktail lounge promises to the ideal place for relaxed beverages on the Westside this spring. Opening tonight along a commercial stretch on Lincoln Blvd, everything seems pulled out of a vintage garage from the 1940s.


The Lincoln-2536 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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