Gifts for the cocktail set
A vintage or contemporary cocktail shaker or decanter should delight just about anybody with a fondness for wine or spirits. And even if the recipient already owns one, no problem: your gift makes the beginnings of a collection. The following two Los Angeles shops stock an inspired selection of barware:
In Silver Lake, the quirky Bar Keeper is filled with new and vintage cocktail paraphenalia. Cocktail shakers run $16 to $60, decanters, $40 to $140. Small bottles of bitters (you can taste them at the bar) make perfect stocking stuffers for the drink-obsessed ($6 to $20). They have plenty of vintage and new cocktail glasses in various shapes and sizes, too, plus accoutrements for serving absinthe. And now that owner Joe Keeper finally has a liquor license you can also pick up a bottle of absinthe or other spirits.
Empiric on Beverly Boulevard in Beverly Grove sells a line of handsome bulbous glass decanters with polished brass or nickel stoppers in three different shapes, $145. And if you’re looking for a very big gift, consider one of their raw steel bar carts ($750) or the incredibly stylish polished aluminum one that looks like a kissing cousin to an Airstream, $1,175.
Bar Keeper, Silver Lake, 3910 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 669-1675 www.barkeepersilverlake.com.
Empiric, 7916 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 634-7323, www.empiricstudio.com.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photo: Brass-cube-stopped decanter from Empiric. Credit: Empiric