Tuesday, November 29, 2011
1886, the Pasadena cocktail bar created by Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest inside The Raymond restaurant, recently celebrated its 1st anniversary. There had not been anyplace in the area that offered cocktails on this level until 1886 opened and the neighborhood has really embraced it.
The parking lot was tented and there was ample cocktails, spirits and snacks galore. Buffalo Trace (above) was one of the sponsors, so there was no danger of being bourbon-less at this party. Beef and chicken skewers, canapes of foie gras, a table laden with cheese were just some of the bounty on offer. This was the true kickoff to the holiday season.
Lacey Murillo (below), one of the bartenders at 1886, was making Hudson Baby Bourbon cocktails in the tent; it was hard to pry us away from her bar. Inside, Danny Cymbal, Garrett McKechnie were turning out Therapists and other signature boozy house concoctions. The turnout for the festivities was impressive as several hundred revelers enjoyed the plentiful refreshments. As a bonus there was even live music. It was great to see so many people there to celebrate the success. To those who are skeptical that customers at suburban locations will embrace quality classic cocktails, 1886 is exhibit A. Case closed. If you haven't been, what are you waiting for?
1886 at the Raymond: 1250 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena. Phone: (626) 441-4770.