A Local Perspective on Los Angeles

Six personalities behind the best things to do in Los Angeles tell what they do, why they do it here and where you might meet them.

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Julian Cox, Executive Director of Beverages

Julian Cox, Executive Director of Beverages

If you order a drink at any restaurant where Julian Cox helms the cocktail program—Sotto, Short Order, Picca, Playa and Rivera included—you can be assured that your beverage will be as memorable as any dish on the menu.

Bartender Cox is one of the mixmasters who spearheaded L.A.’s cocktail renaissance by shaking up L.A.’s best restaurants with carefully crafted sips worth savoring. “I wanted to make good drinks and make people happy; it was something L.A. needed,” says Cox.

Career Highlights

Winning StarChefs 2010, winning the Domaine Select Roadshow National Competition in New York, which yielded a trip to France, and the James Beard recognition for the bar program at Rivera.

Why Los Angeles

People are fun here, and more and more people are getting into food and cocktails. Other cities seem to have cultures where people have had an understanding of an exciting dining scene, while in L.A., it’s just getting started.

Typical Day

It starts with training in the morning. After that, I go to one of the restaurants to train the bar staff and take care of administrative work. At the end of the day, I jump behind the bar at one of the other restaurants to serve drinks and do what I love. Ultimately, each day usually involves a trip to two to four different restaurants.

Los Angeles Moment

Back in 2009, Chivas Regal, a Scotch whisky brand, purchased kilts for me and some other handpicked bartenders to wear during a master dinner with Chivas. This happened just before we went off to embark on our own projects and make names for ourselves.

Favorite Los Angeles Places

Go to Manhattan Beach, and M.B. Post from chef David LeFevre. I love restaurants—Providence, for special occasions—as well as running in Griffith Park; shopping on Melrose Avenue; barhopping downtown at Bar & Kitchen and The Varnish.

Must-See Los Angeles

LACMA. It’s fun, and you can see the different exhibits and chill at Ray’s and Stark Bar. If you can’t tell, I’m obsessed with food.

Off-Time Hobby

Going to the movies, playing basketball.


Bar & Kitchen 819 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.784.3048

Griffith Park 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A., 213.473.0800

Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000

M.B. Post 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405

Picca 9575 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.277.0133

Playa 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300

Providence 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170

Ray’s and Stark Bar 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180

Rivera 1050 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.749.1460

Short Order Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.761.7970

Sotto 9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210

The Varnish 118 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.622.9999




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