The Varnish Bar. A Classic Bar in Los Angeles.

A few weeks back, Eric Alperin, owner/bartender of the wonderful bar, The Varnish, asked us to photograph some of their cocktails. If you haven’t been to The Varnish, it truly is a step back into time. Dimly lit, jazz playing at the perfect volume and the quiet sound of a classic cocktail being shaken or stirred – it’s the perfect place to bring out-of-town guests and do a photo shoot as well. The interior is just beautifully designed and painstakingly outfitted with some of the best flea market finds ever. And the bartenders, whether it be Eric himself, Marcos Tellos, Chris Bostick (who has moved to Austin), Max or Daniel (of Bar + Kitchen) will make sure you are never thirsty. I had photographed Eric nearly two years earlier the Cocktail Revival project and it turned out to be one of the best shoots. The best photo “jobs” are the ones that don’t seem like work because they are fun. After the shoot, Eric gave me the opportunity to make one of my favorite cocktails, the Old Fashioned. I asked if he would buy one of my cocktails, at which he left no comment haha. Thanks for reading.

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9 Responses to “The Varnish Bar. A Classic Bar in Los Angeles.”

  1. Ron Diggity Says:

    Beautiful and stunning. Well done.

  2. the minty Says:

    These are beautiful! Great work!

  3. Megan Says:


  4. ali Says:

    Absolutely stunning, like everything you do. Loved this post.

  5. Dylan Says:

    Alexandra, thank you! First time seeing your blog, really nice work. I like your post processing style. Do you use VSCO?

  6. Dylan Says:

    Ron, thanks man. Appreciate your continuing support. Shauna/Megan thank you!

  7. Keri Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful work, as always,

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