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X Bar's Astrology Cocktails: Hey, Baby, What's Your Sign?

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What better way for a Los Angeles bar to celebrate our city than with astrology cocktails? Yup, X Bar in Century City, has perhaps the funnest theme cocktail menu idea we've seen in a long time. They have created 12 cocktails ($12 each) to represent the zodiac signs and will only serve each sign's cocktail during the dates of that particular sign. Not clear? Well, right now since we're in Pisces, so you can try the Pisces cocktail through March 21, followed up by the Aries cocktail.

If you're big into astrology, you're probably hoping that they tailored each drink to suit the sign of each zodiac. How cool would that be? Cancers are moody and really sensitive meaning they'll probably like whiskey cocktails with ginger beer effervescence. OK, we made that up. But, alas, the drinks here are simply created with the color of each sign's birthstone in mind.

So for the Pisces' aquamarine stone, the cocktail is a beautiful blue hue reminiscent of decorative ponds and blueberry Otterpops. It's a beautiful drink to be sure with its sprinkling of edible flower bits floating on its surface, but the imbibing of it isn't all that enjoyable. Made of Absolut Los Angeles, lemonade and blue curacao it was very light, almost watery with a very faint taste of lemonade.

The Aquarius' amethyst cocktail was a dark purple concoction made with Grey Goose L'Orange, Patron Citronge, pomegranate juice, white cranberry juice and violet syrup. Oddly enough, we could taste the perfumey-ness of the violet juice more than the actual spirits themselves. And it actually reminded us of grape juice, but perfume-y grape juice.

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The Capricorn's garnet drink was a rich red color created by the combination of Veev Acai liqueur, raspberries, cranberry juice, simple syrup and rosemary. It was the combination of the cranberry juice and rosemary that gave it a smokey aftertaste.

And if it happens to be your birthday and you've got valid ID, your astrology cocktail is on the house!

OK, in case you couldn't tell, we weren't all that crazy about the astrology cocktails that we tried, pretty and fun though they were. We're whiskey drinkers and aren't big on flavored vodkas. But we did manage to find one cocktail on the regular drink menu that we were able to enjoy: the Lemon Basil martini which is made with Charbray meyers lemon vodka, sweet n' sour and torn basil. The basil complemented the tartness of the lemon nicely.

Drinkers on a budget can partake of happy hour half-price appetizers, well drinks, wine and draft beer from Mondays to Fridays 4 to 6:30pm. We highly recommend the chilled crab dip (reg. $14) which is creamy and has huge pieces of crab meat. Slather that on the accompanying bagel chips, soft baguette and crudite. The one-pound of fiery chicken morsels (reg. $14) is extra spicy boneless chicken with roquefort and celery. The chicken is so tender and juice and not the dry meat pebbles you usually find in most bar happy hours elsewhere.

X Bar at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City
(310) 551-3248