Shaking Things Up With Armando Conway At La Descarga

By Shannon Washington

Just like a diamond, sometimes the best things take a little digging. In the Los Angeles bar and cocktail scene, brothers Mark and Johnny Houston are leading the pack in creating hidden nightlife gems. With their first bar La Descarga, they transplanted the essence of Habana Vieja behind a non-descript black façade on a shady strip in Hollywood and dedicated it to rum.

Inside, after being checked in and escorted by the lounge’s doorman and receptionist, you will find Armando Conway behind the bar waiting to make you the perfect rum cocktail. Lively as the drinks he creates, Armando adds his touches to the classics (The Mojito) and has created a new a portfolio of cocktails designed to compliment the charm of the venue.

On a recent trip to L.A., Société Perrier met up with Conway to take us through the process of his most popular creations so we can bring a little bit of Old Havana home. Grab your shaker and some mint leaves as Conway walks us through the Classic Mojito, Queen’s Park Swizzle, and Doctor Funk No. 2 as well as shares with us his views on why Los Angeles is one of the best places in the country to enjoy a drink.