Iconic Cocktails at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

By Karen Loftus

When in Hollywood, waltz on to the Walk of Fame for a celebrity spin, then slip in to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for an iconic cocktail in honor of one of our great screen legends.

L.A.’s Award winning mixologist Matthew Biancaniello is always whipping up liquid gold in the Roosevelt’s Library Bar right across from the Academy Ballroom where the original Oscars took place in 1929, a ceremony that lasted all of five minutes.

Today it will take at least that long for Biancaniello to create a personalized omakase style cocktail to your personal liking. Omakase is a Japanese term that means the bartender and customer are co-creating the cocktail concoction based on the customers flavor profile. Once assessed the madness begins with Biancaniello complementing the profile with all the right ingredients and alcohol enhancements.

Biancaniello has a wide profile to play with, with his arsenal of herbs, spices and an expansive display of fresh produce sourced daily from the local farmers markets, where he is a well-known fixture. The menu or ingredients are made up individually on the fly and forgotten shortly thereafter. Consider it live libation theater. You have to be in house to experience the organically made cocktail. If you miss the moment, magic and the performance, it will never be seen, sipped or recreated quite the same again.

Biancaniello doesn’t have a cocktail menu, but will on occasion create cocktails in honor of Hollywood icons. His latest libation at The Roosevelt’s Library Bar is in honor of an old school glamour icon, the type that the hotel is known for. The spicy Mae West cocktail, is Biancaniello’s nod to the American screen siren.

The Mae West is made with Japanese-pepper spiced Saint Germain, Hendricks gin and Yellow heirloom tomato juice. She is shaken and strained into a sexy martini glass and finished off with a red pepper garnish.

The Roosevelt remains one of Hollywood’s greatest architectural gems. Designer Dodd Mitchell’s renovation in 2005 restored the property to it’s original splendor.

If looking for an inspired night out with some of the best libations in L.A., drop by The Roosevelt’s Library Bar for an Oscar worthy cocktail. If on your own, you will never be drinking alone as you never know what A-List celeb past or present will be sipping at Biancaniello’s buzzing bar.

If ordering for Marilyn, remember she likes it hot.

Images Courtesy of Thompson Hotels

  • Dee

    Love, love, your witing. Makes me want to go there right now and I live nearby, ha, ha.