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Pimp My Rye

1Your Bartender Tello has been tending at the Varnish bar since it opened in February. You'll also find him at the Edison's "Radio Room" nights.2Add Bitters Splash just enough Peychaud's bitters...

The Cocktail Bar

Those green apple martinis aren't just dead—they're burried. The latest liquids to fill our tumblers are mixed by an elite crew of bartenders (it's OK to call them that...

The Local Bar

Laurel Tavern Laurel Tavern has given us something unexpected: the Ventura Boulevard sidewalk scene, complete with stilettos, cigarettes, and a bouncer asking you to please—please—stand away from the entrance....

The Wine Bar

Two years ago, if you had asked us whether sipping carmenere and nibbling flatbread qualified as nightlife, we would have said, firmly, no—after we'd pointed, laughed, and said you...

The Hidden Coast: The Rugged North

About 150 miles beyond San Francisco, the town of Mendocino is the last civilized outpost above the Golden Gate before groomed hills dotted by dairy farms give way to...

The Hidden Coast: The Sunny South

So here on a misty bend of Highway 1 we shift gears—slowing long enough to pass the baton—before continuing on, to the bottom half of the state, to a...

The Hidden Coast: God’s Country

On the road to San Clemente, a few exits before I-5 meets the coast, San Juan Capistrano is the sort of town you could pass a hundred times without...

The Hidden Coast: Green Land

Pack a dog-eared love of language when you visit Anderson Valley. Natives of this timber- marijuana-wine region have spoken their own dialect, called Boontling, for more than a century,...

The Hidden Coast: Into the Redwoods

Highway 9 leaves Santa Cruz east of downtown, following trestles and winding train track to the mountain town of Felton. Outside Felton, the narrow-gauge locomotives at Roaring Camp Railroads...

Sex: The Secret Life Of…

The Switch-HitterDog walkerWest Hollywood  When I was 22 I got drunk with another in-the-closet guy. We got naked, had oral sex, and we never spoke of it again. That was...