Where and What to Drink During Negroni Week 2017 in LA

Photo Credit: The Ponte

It’s Negroni Week in L.A.—a.k.a. a good time to party for a cause! For those who are unfamiliar, Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charities around the world. From 2013 to 2016, Negroni Week grew from about 100 participating venues to 6,000 venues around the world, and to date, they have collectively raised nearly $900,000 for charitable causes. This year, Negroni Weekis taking place from June 5-11, 2017, when once again, bar and restaurants will be mixing classic Negronis and Negroni variations for a great cause. To participate, each bar signs up at negroniweek.com, chooses from a list of recommended charities, and makes an immediate donation to that charity. Now that you’re aware of what it is, here are the places to drink (and a taste of what you’ll be drinking) throughout the week in the City of Angels.

The Ponte
“A Negroni a Day…”
Details: At Scott Conant’s new West Hollywood dining destination, Bar Director Ryan Wainwright will offer seven distinct negroni variations throughout the week to benefit No Kid Hungry. Pro tip: the featured drink of the day (see below for exact line-up) will be offered at $10.

Monday: Classic Negroni / Campari Mixte
Bombay Dry Gin, Occitan Gin, Campari, Alessio Vermouth di Torino

Tuesday: White Negroni
Bombay Sapphire, Occitan Gin, Contratto Bianco Vermouth, Bordiga Extra Dry Vermouth, Kina L’Avion, Salers Aperitif

Wednesday: Rosita Oaxaca / Mezcal Negroni
El Silencio Mezcal, Campari, Alpe LYS, Punt-e-mes, Cocchi Dopo Teatro

Thursday: Rye Boulevardier Cocktail
Russels 6-year Rye Whiskey, Campari, Cinzano 1757

Friday: Il Guisto / Grappa Negroni
Gra’it Grappa, Bordiga Bitter, Bordiga Apperitivo, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Alessio Vermouth di Torino

Saturday: Beer-roni
Peroni, Cynar 70, Contratto Bitter, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino

Sunday: Kingston Negroni / Rum Negroni
Hamilton Guyana Rum, Bacardi 8 yr Rum, Gran Classico, Campari, Alessio Vermouth di Torino, Giffard Blanc Crème de Cacao

Michael’s Santa Monica
Barrel-aged Negroni
Details: Benefitting No Kid Hungry, Bar Manager Meredith Hayman’s Barrel-aged Negroni spent two months in an oak barrel to “allow the flavors to meld together + create a smoother version of the original.” The libation features equal parts Beefeater Gin, Carpano Antica and Campari (just the way proprietor Michael “Mike” McCarty likes!) and is served on the rocks with an orange twist.

Love & Salt
L&S Negroni
Details: Featuring Mezcal Del Maguey ‘Vida’, Campari and Lillet Blanc, the Love & Salt negroni is stirred + served in a Nick’n’Nora cocktail glass + garnished with an orange peel. Guests can order the drink (benefitting No Kid Hungry) at the Manhattan Beach restaurant to enjoy with chef Michael Fiorelli’s Cali-Italian cuisine.

Bacardi PDR
Details: This Playa Del Rey spot is offering up its Brand Boulevardier—rye, Campari, rosemary syrup and rosemary bitters, strained into a coupe and served with a small rosemary garnish float in honor of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Details: Top Chef star Michael Voltaggio is serving up Lapsang Souchong Negroni with Lapsang Souchong infused gin, Apricot Campari shrub and blanc vermouth—with his brulee’d fortune cookie at ink with proceeds given to the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

Details: This chic downtown hotspot is offering The Weber Negroni, made with tequila, Campari and white verjus, poured into a large cube, for No Kid Hungry.

Here’s Looking At You
Details: The “Sunburst,” a spring-seasonal riff on the classic Negroni created by Allan Katz + Danielle Crouch, is made with Avua Amburana Cachaça, cherry blossom-infused aperitivi, Carpano Bianco, hyssop and yuzu bitters. Proceeds will go to The Giving Kitchen.