An open bar transforms the disagreeable task of waiting for a bartender into a beautifully efficient drinking process, similar to a caterpillar's dazzling metamorphosis into a smooth-talking, tequila sipping bug-man. Behold the effortless belly-filling wonders of nature with today's Groupon: for $500, you get a three-hour party package for 30 people from Three Headed Productions (a $1,200 value). This Groupon is valid at Cans Bar and Canteen, Salud Tequila Lounge, Junior's Sports Lounge, or Evil Olive. The cost of a private room is not included. However, a private room, upgrade to premium package, and extra guests can be added for an additional fee.
No matter the bar you choose, Three Headed Production's three-hour party package includes open-bar access with call drinks for thirsty guests while furnishing grumbling tummies with a variety of hunger-slaking appetizers. If parking your party at Salud's, more than 75 premium tequilas and fresh, upscale Mexican-American eats await discerning palates. Evil Olive prompts revelers to shake a leg on the dance floor to world-renowned musicians, while laid-back imbibers can coolly watch from any of the four bars peppered throughout the two-story late-night destination. Cans Bar and Canteen chills out party-goers with its neighborhood vibe, and lip-smacking comfort fare nestles up to import, craft, and domestic brews. Those leaning more toward the sporty end of the spectrum can plant stems at Junior's Sports Lounge, where upscale pub fare flirts with sudsy soaks, and HDTVs and LCD screens broadcast the game or thrilling commercial marathons. As the night moves on, ditch the smooth comfort of a booth for the free-flailing expressionism of dancing on Friday and Saturday nights when DJs spin after 10 p.m.
The philanthropically minded can use this package for nonprofit events, charging guests at the door to raise awareness and money for endangered species, charities, or to return discontinued breakfast cereals to their rightful place on the supermarket shelf.
The Drawing Room
Since Esquire named The Drawing Room one of America's best bars in 2011, the subterranean den has undergone changes that have only added to its air of elegance and tradition. Chief mixologist Sergio Serna has ceded his mixers and martini glasses to apprentices Owen Worley and Will Patton, whose culinary cocktails evince a level of artistry that goes far beyond mere competence.
There’s no one secret to the bartenders’ craft, but one might boil it down to an essential three: fresh ingredients, house-made mixers, and small-batch spirits. Whether crafting an MadHattan with Templeton Rye and Punt e Mes, or mixing a Hemingway daiquiri with the barrel of an elephant gun, they gladly walk guests through the process. Chef Brian Beverly shares his counterpart’s obsession with fresh ingredients, crafting progressive American dishes with seasonal inspirations. The bar’s décor lives up to the food and drink with its shaded chandeliers and velvet chairs that slide together to form cushy loveseats.