Drink Negronis Across Los Angeles All Week, For Charity
The 'Rey Negroni' at Magnolia House in Pasadena. (Photo courtesy Magnolia House)
By Jessica Hamlin
Monday marks the fourth annual worldwide Negroni Week, a celebration of the classy red-hued cocktail with a charitable twist.
Started by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, Negroni Week is a chance to enjoy classic or creative takes on the libation—traditionally made with equal parts gin, vermouth and Campari—at participating bars that pledge to donate $1 from each drink to the charity of their choosing.
Negroni Week runs from June 6-12 and you can see a full list of participating locations and their chosen charities at the official Negroni Week website. Naturally, several spots in Los Angeles are participating, offering up their own takes on the cocktail. Here's our list of some of them especially worth checking out.
The 'Red Light Negroni' at Belcampo Meat Co. (Photo by Belcampo Meat Co.)
Belcampo Meat Co., Santa Monica
Cocktail: Part of Belcampo’s new sensory menu, the Red Light Negroni is equal parts Bols Genever, Campari and sweet vermouth, served in a gutted light bulb. The red light effect is a cheeky nod to Amsterdam’s Red Light District, where Bols was founded in 1575.
Charity: Share Our Strength
Belcampo Meat Co. is located at 1026 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Cocktails: The fun but intimate Asian fusion DTLA restaurant and bar is serving a trio of tipples: They have a Classic Negroni, a "Dutch Raja" made of Bols Genever, Chai tea infused Punt e Mes, Aperol, Campari, coconut milk, egg white, grenadine; and the "Easy Street," comprised of rye, Amaro Nonio, Aperol, and grapefruit.
Charity: Budokan of Los Angeles
Far Bar is located at 347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The 'Old Trails' Negroni at Good Times at Davey Wayne's (Photo courtesy GTaDW)
Good Times at Davey Wayne's
Cocktail: The 70s themed bar and lounge entered through a refrigerator will serve an "Old Trails" Negroni. This concoction calls a glass filled with mesquite wood chip smoke before pouring in a mix of Bols Genever, Carpano Bianco, Tempus Fugit Kina L'Aero D'Or and Orange Cream Citrate.
Good Times at Davey Wayne's is located at 1611 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Cocktail: The craftsman bungalow in Pasadena is mixing up a "Rey Negroni" with La Caravedo Pisco, Cappelletti Aperitivo, La Quintinye Rouge, and Grapefruit Bitters. This is their “Cocktail of the Moment” for the week, so it’s just $7 during happy hour.
Charity: The REAL Bark
Magnolia House is located at 492 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Cocktail: The "La Musique" is a symphony of flavors—Park VSOP Cognac, Bonal apéritif, lemon juice, apricot preserves angostura and orange bitters
Pour Vous is located at 5574 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
The Brig's 'White Negroni' (Photo courtesy The Brig)
The Brig, A-Frame and Alibi Room
Cocktail: All three locations will serve a classic Negroni garnished with an orange peel, as well as their own variations, which are:
- The Brig: White Negroni with gin, Besk, Bianco Vermouth, grapefruit peel
- A-Frame: A-Negroni with gin, Campari, Amaro CioCiaro, Chinato Vermouth, orange wedge
- Alibi Room: Mezcal Negroni comprised of Mezcal, Campari, sweet and dry vermouth and grapefruit peel
Charity: Abbot Kinney Festival Association Community Grants Program
The Brig is located at 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291; A-Frame is located at 12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066; and Alibi room is located at 12236 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Break Room 86
Cocktail: Travel back to the 80s and get a radical red, white and blue drink while you’re there. This take on a Negroni features gin, Campari, blueberry syrup, Lillet blanc and lemon juice, layered and served on crushed ice.
Charity: Inspire Artistic Minds
Break Room 86 is located at 630 S Ardmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Harvard & Stone
Cocktail: The R&D bar will serve a different Negroni variation each day of Negroni Week, including one with Peychaud’s bitters, Burma tonic, Dolin Blanc, China-
China Amer, and a bottom blend of Giffard pamplemousse and amere nouvelle.
Charity: Niños de Guatemala
Harvard & Stone is located at 5221 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Flintridge Proper
Cocktail: Each of the bartenders at the swanky-looking but comfortable lounge will present their own version of a Negroni. Since the bar boasts one of the largest gin selections in the world, including their housemade gin crafted with local botanicals, there are a lot of possibilities.
Charity: Elizabeth House
The Flintridge Proper is located at 464 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
The Sunset Strip cocktail by Jones (Photo by Patricia Lang)
Cocktail: The rock n’ roll inspired Sunset Strip cocktail created by Eric “ET” Tecosky has Jack Daniel’s single barrel, aperol and Giffard Pamplemousse grapefruit liqueur.
Jones is located at 7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Jessica Hamlin is a journalist, web producer and editor born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. So she’s, like, a bonafide Valley Girl. Jessica formerly worked as an editor for AOL’s hyperlocal news start-up Patch and her work has appeared on KPCC’s website and in LA Downtown News, Pasadena Weekly and Pasadena Magazine. A Kombucha addict passionate about wellness and nutrition, Jessica likes making and discovering tasty and healthy food and started taking pictures of meals back when everyone used film cameras. You can find her work on her website, Twitter and Instagram.