Yelp LA’s All Starr Rum Cocktail Challenge

The Yelp LA community is definitely suffering from one big rum-over after last night's poolside finale event celebrating Yelp LA's All Starr Mixology team at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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The team was comprised of the top 7 Starr African Rum cocktails as voted on by yelpers throughout the month of May during Yelp's All Starr Rum Cocktail Challenge. BLT Steak's Andrew Parish had guests swooning over his STARRberry Mojito (featuring fresh strawberries, smoked agave nectar, and house-made lemon verbena), while E.T. (Eric Tecosky) of Jones Hollywood created quite the stir with his Physical Graffiti (touting canton ginger liquor, agave nectar, and fresh strawberries). Matt Biancaniello of Library Bar fame was busy concocting samples of The African Rose (with fresh mint leaves, house-made rose germanium water, and topped with a saffron-infused St. Germain foam) in between catching glimpses of the robe-wearing Aidan Demarest (The Spare Room) whipping up his Coco-Butter Baby (with hints of pineapple juice and Torani Coconut Syrup, served over crushed ice for Tropicana Bar. Rounding out the group, there was a mean shaking tournament taking place in the corner between La Descarga's Kenny Arbuckle, Eveleigh's David Kupchinsky, and The Edison's Joe Brooke. Kenny's Starr Stealer included Taylor's Velvet Falernum and a house hibiscus liqueur that transported guests to a far away land, David Kupchinsky's Banana Daiquiri suprised everyone with its delicious notes of bananas, housemade lime Cordial, and sprinkle of nutmeg (later renamed "Holler Back Girl" because "this shit is bananas…"), and Joe Brooke's Fuji Starr completed the fruit tree with fresh apple juice, fresh lime juice, and Benedictine.

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After sampling all of the exquisite Starr African Rum cocktail samples, Yelp Elites and their plus ones feasted on a Mex Beach Buffet, courtesy of Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill. The staff was friendly, speedy, and most importantly, dishing out delicious full plates of their menu's finest. The beautiful Tropicana Bar presented the perfect background to soak it all in, from the beautiful sunset to Hollywood's twinkling night lights, not to mention the slew of celebrity sightings!

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Before the night came to a close, guests had the nerve-racking task of narrowing down their favorites to just one. After the final votes had been counted, Physical Graffiti from Eric Tecosky of Jones Hollywood took home the coveted "Yelper's Choice Award." Everyone was a great sport and each drink deserves a seriously rummy nod. Also, heralded for their participation in the month-long promotion, "Best Name" went to The Gorbals for their Charlize TheRum and The Foundry on Melrose for their MadagaStarr, and The Roger Room was coined "Best Bar." Thanks also to those bars that participated all month long: Bar Lubitsch, Bar Marmont, Church & State, Copa d' Oro, and Lexington Social House.

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As the event winded down, Tropicana Bar's Summer Movie Screening began with a funky mashup of BIG and Notorious B.I.G. hits. It was a memorable Monday evening, for sure. A big shout out to all the staff at Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for their help in making this event a smashing success!

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Ellen Choi Photgraphy provides some visual stimulation here and read up on the rum madness here.

All rum-ed out!

Katie B
Katie B

LA East CM