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Holiday Drinks: The Roger Room's Winter Cocktails

Inside the Roger Room (Photo by Ross Reyes via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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By Lindsay Armstrong/Special to LAist

Tucked two blocks (yet a world away) from the holiday hysteria of the Beverly Center, you'll find the Roger Room--an intimate speakeasy boasting vintage cocktails and top-notch service.

The dim lighting, antique glass décor and black-and-white photos of elephants, bearded ladies and other circus oddities combine to create a playful carnival vibe; however, one of the first things I noticed about the Roger Room is the smell. Smell is rarely your first impression of a bar--unless it's a bad impression. Bucking that dubious trend, the Roger Room smells good. Really good.

“That's because you're sitting right next to all of the fresh fruit,” bartender Tai Bennett explained. Indeed, an entire side of the bar is lined with fresh lemons, oranges, grapefruit and fresh cut basil alongside an impressive collection of bitters, spices, and spirits. Mixologist Jason Bran reiterated their importance: “Every spirit offers a different inspiration. Every ingredient offers a different inspiration.”