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A Tale of Tom Bergins

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Every story about Tom Bergin’s Old Horseshoe and Thoroughbred Club seems to be personal. It’s never about someone else. They grew up nearby, grew up going there with their parents, knew people who grew up going there, and somehow, one night, they were there too, probably telling you their story. They had birthdays there. They kissed their fiance there last New Years. Before he was her fiance. They got thrown out once. They point to a shamrock on the ceiling, claiming their grandfather got it stapled up there fifty years ago. Their mother is in the other room, still eating dinner. Oh, the Mayor and some former Presidents were there once. And they were going to buy you a drink because, when they were there the first time, someone did it for them.

They all have their story.

This is a story about someone else.

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The Drink: The Blue Collar Cocktail At Short Order

The Drink: The Blue Collar Cocktail At Short Order

It is without a doubt that I can say Short Order is one of our new favorite casual-but-nice dining spots in Los Angeles. The food is always good and they have great drinks as well: it has exactly what we need and is glorified comfort food. The drinks are surprisingly great here as well, which is not something you would guess or expect from a burger spot at the back of the Farmers Market. While their menu has tons of new classics and old favorites and great local beers, one defines the restaurant for us: the Blue Collar Cocktail.

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The Drink: The Bandera Shot At El Chavito

The Drink The Bandera Shot At El Chavo

We’re kicking off a new section on LAIY dedicated to cocktails in Los Angeles that not only define a place but demand that you drink them. They are unique, they are classic, and they are good–and, we’ll share insight into how to make the drink yourself.

El Chavo is such a nice Silver Lake Mexican restaurant and bar that often gets overlooked in the shadow of Malo and even Casita Del Campo. The spot is a cute little, red lit restaurant with a back patio and absolutely adorable little hotel many people don’t even know about. The bar–El Chavito–is known for their fun crowd and frequent specials, like $2 tacos on Wednesdays and occasional Monday Loteria bingo. You usually grab a margarita there, as you should, but one thing you need to try next time is their truly crazy triple shot: The Bandera Shot.

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