Thursday, January 29, 2015

Naut-y by Nature

Santa Monica Canyon's cocktail country club, Shore Bar

Bring on your rich, your just-on-the-way-back-from-a-clambake, your khakied masses.

Oh, and leave the vodka soda drinkers at home.

If J. Crew designed a bar, Shorebar is what it would look like: a two-story maritime-inspired oceanside hideaway, prepped out in lots of white wood and stripes.

Shorebar is not called ShoreKitchen for a reason. There isn’t a single fried calamari ring in the house. 

But that’s not to say that you can’t squeeze in some sustenance in liquid form. From their 29-strong cocktail menu by barman Vincenzo Marianella (Copa D’Oro, Providence), our suggestions for hitting each of the food groups:

Fruits and veggies
The Finlandia grapefruit vodka, St. Germain, fresh lemon juice, mint leaves and red bell pepper in The Campanula Shore are chock-full of antioxidants.

Rye is the key here. Especially the Sazerac six-year in the Good Ole Boy, shaken with benedictine, cynar, rhubarb bitter, celery bitter and served on the rocks.

Meat, poultry, eggs
Protein up with the organic egg white in the Tower 15, adding froth to the Appleton extra Jamaican rum, creole shrub clement, homemade ginger honey, fresh lime and orange juices.

Call a White Russian, plead lactose-intolerant, or just pick up a bacon double cheeseburger and milkshake on your way home.

Shore Bar
Soft open now
112 W. Channel Rd. (PCH), Santa Monica
(310) 429-1851

Price: 3 (out of 4) Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Street
Scene: 30-somethings swathed in Lacoste and boat shoes
Best bets: Good Ole Boy; Tower 15; Campanula Shore
Hot seat: In the members-only upstairs (if you’re a member)
Nearby: Caffe Delfini; The Hungry Cat; Marix

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