“Give an Irishman lager for a month and he’s a dead man. An Irishman’s stomach is lined with copper,
and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him.” -Mark Twain


213 Video Series: “Whiskey For The People” Featuring Seven Grand DTLA’s Own Pedro Shanahan

May 29th, 2013 — 11:56am

“Whiskey for the People”

Seven Grand is a Whiskey Bar. We strive to be an institution of whiskey learning, with a wide offering of flight menus, and barkeeps who can help guide our guests through explorations of their tastes. Classic cocktails, hand-crafted by our staff, bring other entries into the rich history of Whisk(e)y.

We hope to make the world of whiskies accessible to everyone, providing a community hub for people to come together, talk, listen, dance and savor.

Honest hospitality. Free live music four nights a week. Classic Cocktails handcrafted with fresh-squeezed juices and house-made syrups, and one of the best Whiskey Walls in America.

Come enjoy the experience with us.

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

For more info on the Seven Grand Whiskey Society:

To see some of our flight menus, or to learn about Private Tastings and Parties:

Zen Spirit Guide: A Visit to Japan’s Distilleries With Seven Grand San Diego’s Own Brett Winfield

May 22nd, 2013 — 11:54am

Hello out there whiskey freaks, my fellow Seven Grand Whisky hooligans and I have just returned from Japan where we visited the Suntory distilleries of Hakushu, Yamazaki, countless whisky bars, Ramen joints, and any other trouble we could muster up. But this piece is about whisky, Japanese Whisky to be specific, so we will forgo the delicious Ramen and other mischievous activities to hone in on our true passion. We went to Japan, in typical cocky bartender fashion, thinking we knew a great deal about Japanese Whiskey, we had all done our homework – read all the books, checked out all the relevant blogs and tasted anything we could get our hands on and yet we still found our selves at a loss for words at the depth and complexity that is Japanese Single Malt Whiskey. Bottom line we didn’t know shit about Japanese Whiskey and continued to be reminded of this point time and again as we tasted our way through the malts of the distilleries currently producing and most of the closed distilleries as well.

By far the most rewarding part of our trip was the distillery tours of Yamazaki and Hakushu. These are two of the greats when it comes to Japanese Single Malt Whisky. Each distillery has at least six pairs of Copper Pot Stills of different sizes and shapes and use up to five different types casks, which allow them to produce a staggering 100 different styles of malt between the two distilleries. These malts are combined in different proportions to make up the various bottlings in the Suntory line up. The stand out malts from the two distilleries were the Hakushu 18 year and the Yamazaki Mizunara Cask. The Hakushu 18yr is deeply complex with lovely hints of sherry and the typical fresh piney note, which Hakushu is known for. The Yamazaki Mizunara Cask is a truly special whisky; each year less than 200 of these casks can be made from the Japanese Mizunara Oak. This hard to work, loose grained and Leaky Oak imparts an incense and sandalwood like characteristic to the Whisky, which is simply magical. Among the other Japanese malts the whiskies from the closed distilleries of Hanyu and Karuizawa were among the best we had the pleasure to taste.

Beyond amazing whisky the most impressive aspect of the trip was the hospitality of the Japanese people. At each bar we went to the level of care and respect for the customer and the drinks was elevated to a higher level. We could all learn a thing or two from the Japanese in the hospitality department. I could go on and on but I’ll save you some time and just tell you to go to Japan, drink the Whisky, eat the Ramen, meet the people, and enjoy yourself – you will not be disappointed.

Brett Winfield / Seven Grand San Diego / GM

Seven Grand DTLA Whiskey Society: Glenmorangie w/ Mark Harvey, Tues., May 21st, 7pm

May 20th, 2013 — 11:00am

This coming Tuesday, May 21st, we will be hosting Mark Harvey from Glenmorangie. Mark will amaze and astound with his beautiful array of expressions. He will educate us on the Glenmorangie 10 yr., the Lasanta, Nector D’or, Quinta Ruban, and Ealanta. It promises to be truly a magical night. Tasting starts at 7pm, sharp. A Welcome Punch will be served at 6:30pm, so come early and get a good seat!

Attendance will be capped at 35 people, with priority given to paid-up members. Please RSVP on the link below. Latecomers will not be seated but can wait at the bar to meet Mark after the event.

Register Here!

If you haven’t RSVP’d for our “Our Whisky for Your Words” Whisky/Poetry event this Saturday, May 18th, please do so now, on the link below. It’s going to be a great night with Johnnie the Scot!

RSVP for Whisky and Poetry with Johnnie the Scot!

We still have a few spots left for the Usquebach tastings on Wednesday the 22nd. You can still RSVP for either the 7pm or the 8:30pm tasting by hitting this link:

RSVP for Usquebach tastings on Wednesday the 22nd

For more information on the L.A. Whiskey Society, hit the link beneath my signature. Memberships can be purchased at the bar, dues are $120 per year, and allow the bearer to bring a guest to any event. Not a member? First-timers can pay a $15 fee to be seated, space allowing. Come early to get on the waiting list.

We also offer private tastings for groups and parties. To learn more on that, hit this link:


Come check out the Happy Hour menu, (we now have pizza and $5 Hand-crafted cocktails until 8pm!) Stick around for some free live music after the tasting.

Thank you for your continued patronage. We hope to see you soon!

Pedro, currently sipping Hakushu 12 yr. Delightful in a Highball.

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


Huge News!: Tales of the Cocktail Announces Top 10 Finalists for the 2013 Spirited Awards! (and Seven Grand DTLA is Nominated!)

May 17th, 2013 — 1:42pm

NEW ORLEANS – May 17, 2013 – Following a rigorous evaluation of hundreds of nominees, ten finalists for each award category have been chosen for the 7th Annual Spirited Awards®, recognizing the year’s best bars, bartenders, writers, experts and more. American and International judging committees comprised of the most respected minds in the cocktail industry selected the finalists for the eighteen award categories. Winners will be announced at the Spirited Awards® taking place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans on Saturday, July 20, 2013 as part of the Tales of the Cocktail® 11th anniversary celebration.

“Clearly the Nominees for the 2013 Spirited Awards represent the best of the best, in our industry. Regardless of who the ultimate winner is, being recognized by one’s peers, above all, is simply put, an honor in its own right.” said Paul G. Tuennerman, Co-Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®.

Through its annual Spirited Awards®, Tales of the Cocktail® recognizes those that continue to represent the cocktail industry in exciting new spotlights. To embody the ideals in which Tales of the Cocktail® was originally founded, these awards were developed to recognize both national and international honorees across eighteen categories. From these top ten, the top four finalists from each category will be invited to attend the awards ceremony. The top four finalists will be announced Friday, June 7, 2013 and invited to be guests at the live ceremony in New Orleans. Each award recipient will receive an exclusive Riedel Crystal trophy.

See Seven Grands nomination (and other 213 nominations) below and read the list in it’s entirety here!

World’s Best Drink Selection
• cannon: whiskey and bitters emporium-Seattle, Washington, USA
• Cure-New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
• DaddyO-New York, New York, USA
• Eau de Vie-Melbourne, Australia, USA
• Mayahuel-New York, New York, USA
• Saxon + Parole Restaurant-New York, New York, USA
• Seven Grand-Los Angeles, California, USA
• The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
• The Hawthorne-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
• Whistling Shop-London, United Kingdom

American Bartender of the Year
• Charles Joly-The Aviary-Chicago, Illinois
• Eric Alperin-The Varnish-Los Angeles, California
• Erick Castro-Polite Provisions-San Diego, California
• Ivy Mix-Clover Club-Brooklyn, New York
• Jack McGarry- The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York
• John Lermayer-Regent Cocktail Club-Miami, Florida
• Leo Robitschek-The NoMad Hotel-New York, New York
• Naren Young-Saxon + Parole, The Daily-New York, New York
• Sean Kenyon-Williams & Graham-Denver, Colorado
• Steve Schneider-Employees Only-New York, New York

World’s Best Cocktail Bar
• 28 Hong Kong Street-Singapore
• Black Pearl-Melbourne, Australia
• Callooh Callay-London, United Kingdom
• Candelaria-Paris, France
• Clover Club-New York, New York, USA
• Death and Co.-New York, New York, USA
• Drink-Boston, Massachusetts, USA
• Milk and Honey-New York, New York, USA
• The Dead Rabbit-New York, New York, USA
• The Varnish-Los Angeles, California, USA