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Oldfield’s Liquor Room, A Tribute to Barney Oldfield, Opens October 21 in Culver City

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Elizabeth Daniels 10/11

Well, what do we have here? It's hard to tell but this is a complete overhaul of the former Saints & Sinners, located on Venice just a few blocks west of Overland. The bar finally shuttered to make way for a new vision of days past, Oldfield’s Liquor Room, a drinkery from Bobby Green of the 1933 Group (Thirsty Crow, Bigfoot Lodge). Green designed the venue as an ode to Barney Oldfield, a famous speed racer in the 1900s who has been a lifelong hero of his. In fact, Green himself builds and races vintage bars and even competes at the Bonneville Salt Flats every year.

In an effort to combine his love for race car driving and vintage cocktails, Oldfield’s was born and this bast from the past opens to the public on October 21.

GM Jared Mort has hired a grade A crew to man the bar, Armando Conway comes by way of La Descarga, Robin Jackson from Club Mallard, and Aaron Stepka from A-Frame and Rivera.

With all the above pictured tables and chairs, the space is conducive to drinking as well as dining, and chef Chester Hastings (author of The Cheesemonger's Kitchen) created a few seasonal tapas available until supplies run out nightly. The offerings for this month include: Thick-cut Fra' Mani Ham with Black Cherry Jam and Farm Butter, Challerhocker Cheese with Rosemary and Apricot Mostarda, Valhrona Bittersweet Chocolate with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Sea Salt.

And the full vintage cocktail list, also an homage to Barney Oldfield, below:

Oldfield’s Hemmingway $12
Bulleit Rye, Maraschino,
Cane Sugar, Fresh Juices

Blitzen Benz $11 (The Benz Barney raced to beat the mile, two mile, and kilometer race at Daytona Beach)
Cynar, Maraschino, Fresh Lemon,
Egg White, Peychauds Bitters

Blonde Comet $10 (A racing film he starred in as himself about a young woman trying to succeed as a racecar driver)
Elijah Craig 12 Year Bourbon,
Mathilde Peche, Grapefruit

Lovetta $11 (Lovetta is Barney's Wife's middle name. Thought it was fitting since this is originally a classic called the pink lady)
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Campari
Fruitlab Orange, Limoncello

The Vanderbilt Cup $11 (Named after the Broadway musical in which barney was a star)
Bacardi 8 Rum, Bitters,
Mezcal, Absinthe

Outlaw $10 (Barney was banned from racing by the AAA for Outlaw racing practices)
Milagro Reposado, Fresno Chile
Fresh Grapefruit, Honey

The Oakshade $12 (The racetrack near the town barney was born in. Till this day they hold an annual "Barney Oldfield Race)
Bulleit Rye, Toschi Walnut Liqueur,
Carpano Antica

The Indie Stutz $12 (The car he drove to become the highest finishing driver in the Indy race)
Jameson Irish Whiskey, Absinthe,
Creme de Cassis, Strawberries

No. 999 $12 (The car that Barney bought from Henry Ford before ever racing an automobile. Now sits in the Ford Automobile museum)
Talisker Scotch, Fresh Lemon,
Housemade Grenadine

Carthusian Fields $11
Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Chartreuse,
Lemon, Egg White, Fresh Strawberry

Peerless $11 (Barney competed at twenty tracks in 18 weeks while driving for Peerless, and won sixteen straight match races)
Miller’s Gin, Apricot Liqueur,
Apricot Nectar, Ginger Beer

Dauntless $12 (Named after the bicycle company that discovered Barney in 1894)
Bols Genever, Calvados, Lime,
Housemade Falernum, Ginger Beer

Elder Buck $12
Nolet Gin, Port Wine Reduction,
St. Germain, Peach Bitters, Ginger Beer

Sparkling Cocktails

Golden Submarine- $10 (A car Barney helped developed that incorporated a roll cage inside a streamlined driver's compartment that completely enclosed the driver)
Peach Infused Cognac, Absinthe,
Fresh Lemon, Sugar and Prosecco

The Backstreet- $10
Brandy, Averna Amaro,
Housemade Rhubarb Syrup
and Zardetta Brut

Punch Bowls

The Standing 8 Punch $75 a bowl
Hardy VSOP, Plymouth Sloe Gin,
Housemade Falernum, Fresh Juices,
Champagne and Seasonal Spices

Shrub Punch $75 a bowl
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Creole Shrub,
Blackberry and Rosemary Shrub,
Fresh Juices and Champagne

All Punch Bowls Serve 8 Guests

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