For almost as long as Bar Centro by José Andrés has been open, mixologist Conor O’Brien has been at the helm, concocting a brand of killer cocktails for your drinking pleasure. Each inspired drink here is treated with care and creativity—so you end up getting not just a beverage, but an entire experience with your order. This attention is clear, given the creative lengths O’Brien and his staff go through to update classic cocktails, like incorporating a smoker and using liquid nitrogen. Paired with exclusive late night bites like jicama-wrapped guacamole or pa’amb tomaquet, you’ve got the makings of the perfect evening.
To prep you for a night of inspired alcoholic enjoyment, O’Brien tipped us off on what to watch for in Bar Centro‘s future, as well as other 2015 mixology trends:
- Look out for stirred (not shaken) cocktails and pre-prohibition styles.
- Venue-specific cocktails, including barrel aged cocktails and unique infusions.
- Establishments will continue to do more than just sell cocktails; they will create an experience centered around their unique cocktails.
- There will be an emergence of more small batch, artisanal spirits, notably Mezcals, Gins and Amaros. I particularly look forward to the Fernets and Herbal Liqueurs.
- Beer culture in L.A. and The Bazaar by José Andrés will step back from all the hoppy-driven IPA’s that have flooded the market and return to the popularity of ales, ambers, and stouts.
- Patrons will be more willing to try new experiences whether it’s an egg white cocktail such as our amazing Pink Lassie, or a Mezcal and Truffle Salt Air cocktail like the Truffle Noir.
- With Foie Gras returning on the menu, people will be open to trying anything that pairs well with it, which will give us a unique opportunity to share some of our amazing dry Sherries and Vermouths.