07 Dec Please The Palate Pick of the Week: Office Holiday Party Pop Up at Severance Wine Bar
The Holiday season is here! If you are looking to get into the spirit, head to Severance Wine Bar in West Hollywood for their Office Holiday Party Pop Up, inspired by everything from Planes, Trains, & Automobiles to The Office. Drinking Champagne and Sherry based cocktails, eating some sweets while surrounded by tacky holiday decorations make the Severance Office Holiday Party Pop Up the Please The Palate pick of the week.
Owner Evan Charest was laid off from a tech job on Christmas Eve in 2017. In 2018, he opened Severance Wine Bar with the severance money he received. And here we are at Christmas time again, so what is better than drinking cocktails inspired by the one of the worst yet funniest workplaces, Dunder Mifflin.
Through the month of December, the space next to Severance Wine Bar on Melrose Avenue has been converted into a tacky office holiday pop-up. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, for $20++, you will get a complimentary cocktail or a sparkling wine flight. So get into the holiday spirit!
The cocktail offerings are all Champagne and Sherry based. Each is named after a Christmas themed movie that will test your trivia knowledge.
Nakatomi Plaza – Named after the famous Century City building that was featured in Die Hard, the Nakatomi Plaza is made with Amontillado Sherry, Pommeau, lemon and lavendar syrup with a sugar rim. It is a play on a brandy crusta but made with sherry and the Pommeau is used to simulate the brandy.
You’re Drunk Karen – Remembering Karen from The Office, this drink is made with Champagne, cranberry & ginger syrup, lime and orange bitters. This spicy drink is for all ginger lovers.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Honoring the classic movie, the sparkling punch made with dry Lambrusco, grapefruit, & Rinomato Liqueur is served in a suitcase.
Episcopalian Christmas – Episcopalians have a reputation for indulging in alcohol so it is all the more appropriate that this cocktail is served in a flask. The cocktail is a milk punch with lavender, sherry, pommeau, lemon and nutmeg.
Festivus: For The Rest Of Us – In honor of Festivus, made famous by Seinfeld, the cocktail is a house-made Eggnog featuring three types of sherry and a nutmeg garnish. It is rich yet light and goes down way too easily as it tastes like soft serve ice cream with cinnamon on top.
Muletide Carols – A play on a Yuletide, or Christmas carol, this cocktail is a play on a Moscow Mule but instead is made with Capertif Aperitivo, ginger syrup, lime and blood orange soda.
Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins – In honor of Elf, the Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins is made with pommeau, sherry, lemon, ginger and egg white for a delicious and tart cocktail.
If you head to the Office Holiday Pop Up between now and December 28th, be sure to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and enter the nightly contest for the ugliest sweater.
And, while you are enjoying your cocktails, you can watch classic holiday movies playing on a screen overhead and snack on pretzel bites, fried pickles, cheese fondue or other items from the Severance Wine Bar menu. Or, satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate fondue, mini baked Alaska, French macarons or ice cream sandwiches.
Make a reservation or walk-in but head to the Office Holiday Party Pop Up, the Please The Palate pick of the week.
Dates: November 29 through December 28, 2019
Hours: Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 12 midnight
Location: 7276 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046