The inevitable is happening: Mad Men is ending. Nooooo! After Sunday, the show you actually dressed up for, the one that made you long for those good ol’ days of office bar carts and smart attire, will blend into the ether like the long ago era it has depicted for the past seven years. If you don’t want to be alone for this moment, there are plenty of screening parties around town (including the sold-out live reading at the Ace), all involving booze, of course.
At Bigfoot West in West L.A., sip on General Manager Vanessa Kemling’s Mad Men cocktails ($9 each) while watching the episode at the bar. She didn’t go for the easy Old Fashioned or Gimlet, but rather she created her own, like The Playboy Sour with Evan Williams whiskey, lemon juice, and rosemary simple syrup; and the Jet Set with Singani 63 Pisco, crème de mûre, lemon juice, simple, egg whites, and Luxardo cherry.
Leave it to Melrose Umbrella Co. to top everyone in the “cocktail ode to Mad Men” department. The Melrose Avenue bar will not only screen the show and encourage Mad Men costumes, but it will also debut its new Old Fashioned cocktail service for the special price of $10 each. They’ve made Old Fashioneds out of sweet potato-infused Mandarin Napoleon, Irish whiskey, and reposado tequila.
Even though that whole “Don Draper is DB Cooper” theory is out the window, wouldn’t it still be fun to watch the finale at a mid-century travel-inspired cocktail lounge? Now Boarding will show the episode on its 65-inch flat screens and offer popcorn, prizes for best dressed, and even tissue. Four cocktails named after the partners of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce will be featured for $11 each.
- Sterling: Reyka Vodka, Carpano Dry Vermouth, pickle brine, chilled and served up
- Cooper: crème de menthe, crème de cacao, cream served up
- Draper: Rittenhouse Rye, Amaro Nonino, bitters, chilled and served neat
- Pryce: Bombay Dry Gin, Velvet Falernum, lemon, passion fruit, orgeat, served tall
The OffBeat in Highland Park will be doing a costume party screening, starting at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and complimentary appetizers, drink specials, dancing, and a costume contest after the show. The best dressed winners will get prizes, like free drinks.
Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge in Hollywood has popped up in many a Mad Men episode (including the scene pictured above in the season 2 finale when Betty Draper needed a gimlet to steel herself for an affair), so it seems right that it would be the spot where you drink away that last precious hour of the award-winning show. Tickets for the event are $25 each if purchased in advance ($30 at the door) and include two cocktails—The Betty a.k.a Vodka Gimlet and the Don Draper, a rye Old Fashioned. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. To keep your spirits up there will be a photo booth, live music by 1950s lounge act Bobbi Decarlo and the Starlites, and even door prizes, like a $125 Pinup Girl Clothing gift certificate.
For Tom Bergin’s screening party, Beverage Director Brandi Boles created a special cocktail menu inspired by characters from the show, like a Campbell Whiskey Sour, a Draper Old Fashioned, and a Sally Tom Collins ($10 each). Show up in your favorite era outfit from the ’50s, ’60s, or ’70s, and if you get there early enough, you might score a special Mad Men mug (limited supply). The Irish neighborhood bar/restaurant will screen the show twice, at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.