This Thursday, March 27, modern cabaret “For the Record,” which played in Los Feliz for three years, will debut in its brand-new home, the 6,000-square-foot DBA in West Hollywood. The series’ Quentin Tarantino-focused show will now not only have more space to showcase a rock concert mashup of soundtracks from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Django Unchained, but a crafted cocktail program to complement the spectacle.
Cardiff Giant’s DBA is already home to epic DJ nights, live music, and nightlife theatrics so it made sense to tap drink makers well-versed in creating craft cocktails for high-volume spaces. Enter, Alexander Day, David Kaplan, and Devon Tarby of Proprietors LLC. At their downtown L.A. bar Honeycut, draft cocktails and “group format” drinks keep up with the frenzied pack of disco dance floor drinkers.
For “For the Record,” the cocktail consultants developed a straightforward, approachable list of drinks comprised of high-quality spirits and culinary elements for the masses. The menu is meant to be as versatile as the space with the drinks not only supplementing the dinner but serving as the perfect refreshment for parched nightclubbers. Nothing too bloody, splattery or involving anything remotely similar to “Marvin’s Face Shot,” however, but they all sound delicious nonetheless.
Devon shared the backstory of some of the cocktails you can look forward to on “For the Record: Tarantino” show nights ($12 each).
Big Kahuna: Aged rum, coffee liqueur, vanilla, cream, cinnamon. “There’s something really fun about White Russians. I don’t know that anyone drinks a White Russian in Pulp Fiction, but in the scene where Uma Thurman and John Travolta dance together and are drinking milkshakes, I was inspired by the milkshakes.”
Brother’s Keeper: Jameson Black Barrel, apple brandy, honey, Angostura bitters. “Brother’s Keeper is meant to be a very user-friendly Old Fashioned. Old Fashioneds feel like the new vodka soda. Everyone is ordering them, which is a really exciting indication of where cocktail culture is in L.A. right now. We wanted to do a twist on an Old Fashioned, so Jameson and a little bit of apple brandy because something about Jameson always reminded me of apples. It’s a really light, easy-drinking Old Fashioned.”
Kiddo: Pisco, muddled Mandarin, Thai basil, lemon juice. “The name of the cocktail is more inspired by the film [Kill Bill] than the ingredients in that 'Kiddo' is just a fun word to say. This drink has beautiful, fresh Mandarin and aromatic Thai basil and it feels youthful and very quaffable. It’s what I imagine a young person having their first cocktail experience would love to drink.”
Paloma: Blanco Tequila, mezcal, seltzer, grapefruit and lime juices, smoked sea salt rim. “The Paloma variation has culinary elements which is great when you’re enjoying it with dinner. But that kind of drink is also great when you’re out partying and dancing with friends because it’s light, refreshing and it goes down easy.”
For the Record is live every Thursday through Sunday.
“For the Record” at DBA, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, dbahollywood.com.