Whiskey and Beer are a man’s worst enemies… but the man that runs away from his enemies is a coward!” -Zeca Pagodinho


Los Angeles Bluesman Artwork Jamal Dead At 47, 8/13/13 – LA Times

August 15th, 2013 — 11:09am

artworkLos Angeles Bluesman Artwork Jamal Dead At 47, 8/13/13 – LA Times

Artwork Jamal once remarked that he not only sang the blues, he lived the blues. Someday, his history of hard luck and ill health may be spun into verse. But the powerful, deep-voiced Los Angeles native will sing no more.

Jamal, 47, died Aug. 6 from complications of diabetesheart disease and other ailments, said his wife, Lida Parent-Harris. Read the rest here.

A good friend and a great musician. RIP Artwork!

Seven Grand DTLA Maker’s Mark Annual 3rd of July Party!

June 28th, 2013 — 5:09pm

This coming Wednesday, July 3rd, we will be hosting our Annual Maker’s Mark Party! This will feature $5 Maker’s Mark Drink Specials, all-night-long, and live music with The Midnight Blues band at 10pm. Andrew and I are working on some other surprises as well, so come down and start celebrating your Independence a day early!

Present your paid-up Whiskey Society Membership card at the bar, and the first shot saluting Freedom is on us!

We open at 5pm, and this event is open to the public, so invite your friends and come on down! You can RSVP on the link below, just so we have a general head count and know what to plan for:

Register Here!

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 a year, and allow you to bring a guest to any event.

Our friends in the L.A. Scotch Club are having their yearly “Peatin’ Meetin’” this weekend, a celebration of the smokiest whiskies in the world, and I heard they still have some tickets left:


Luke and I worked it last year, and had a blast. To be clear, THIS IS NOT A SEVEN GRAND SPONSORED EVENT. But, Dustin and Luke will be in attendance, serving up some Peaty cocktails, and you know they roll.

We hope to see you on Wednesday. Happy Independence Day from all of us at Seven Grand!

Pedro, currently sipping Jim Beam. Keeping it real.

Pedro Shanahan
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar
Co-curator, Whiskey Society


Oh, and for your 4th of July House Parties, here is a new video of Dustin demonstrating how to make an Old-Fashioned:

213 Cocktail Series: Featuring The Seven Grand Old Fashioned!

June 19th, 2013 — 1:10pm

Seven Grand’s very own Dustin Newsome presents to you the world famous Old Fashioned. This delightful concoction consisting of Bourbon, bitters, sugar and citrus has been a Seven Grand staple since our opening in 2007. Traditionally, the first use of the name “Old Fashioned” for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been, anachronistically, at the Pendennis Club, a gentlemen’s club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City. Now, a staple cocktail in any establishment based around traditional classic cocktails. Check out how Dustin and the Seven Grand mix it up. We have it batched up on tap too!

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Lost Spirits w/ Bryan Davis, Monday, 6/17, 7pm

June 14th, 2013 — 12:06pm

Our efforts to help champion the American Craft Distiller’s movement continue: This coming Monday, June 17th, at 7pm, we will be hosting Bryan Davis from Lost Spirits Distillery in Salinas, CA.

Bryan will be tasting and educating us on some of the Lost Spirits creations, including the Leviathan 2, a Heavily-Peated American Whiskey, and the Ouroboros, launching here at Seven Grand.

The Ouroboros is made with California barley and peated with moss from the San Francisco wetlands. A bio-regional whiskey for us! Be excited.

Attendance will be capped at 35 people, with preference given to paid-up members. First-timers can pay a 15$ fee to check it out, so feel free to forward this invite to friends.

A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30, come early for a good seat and to get cozy with your neighbors.

RSVP now on the link below to be the first to taste the Ouroboros!

Register Here!

For more information on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature.

Memberships are $120 a year, allow you to bring a guest to any event, and can be purchased at the bar.

We also offer Private tastings for groups and parties, check it out:


Latecomers will not be seated, but can wait at the bar to meet with Bryan after the tasting.

We hope to see you Monday.

Pedro, currently sipping Old Scout 7yr. Bourbon. Thank you John & Mollie.

Pedro Shanahan,
Spirit Guide, Seven Grand Whiskey Bar L.A.
Co-curator, Whiskey Society

Get a little Lost Spirits Distillery tour beforehand here:

Seven Grand Whiskey For The People Video