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Avery Underhill at Butchers & Barbers Has the Perfect Low-Key Bar on His Nights Off

Plus, a fall-inspired piña colada.

Avery Underhill
Avery Underhill
Caroline Juen
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

When Avery Underhill isn't behind the stick at the bustling Butchers & Barbers on Hollywood Blvd, one of the few great places to get a quality cocktail and market-driven pub fare in the area, he's usually tucked away at a quiet spot on Fairfax. Or he'll check out the amazing spirits at a well-known Westside bar. Here now, Eater talks to Underhill about his off-night bar picks around town.

Where's your bar of choice when you're off work?

Melrose Umbrella Company. I live in the neighborhood, and it's the most welcoming place that just happens to make great drinks. Closer to where I work, I'll always check out Dirty Laundry, which is our sister bar. I'm also a fan of The Walker Inn. They're doing some amazing things there with an elevated cocktail program. And if I'm on the Westside, I pick The Chestnut Club, which has an amazing collection of spirits.

But my secret bar that I like because it's off the beaten path is Blue Collar. It's really cool, with a small, focused menu. I can just roll in and they'll make anything for you. I like it because it's quiet, like I can bring a crowd or just grab a spot at the bar to get a well-made cocktail.

What's new that's happening at Butchers & Barbers?

Our new fall menu has a slant toward dark spirits. One drink I'm really excited about is essentially a fall-inspired piña colada. It's allspice-infused Coco Lopez (a cream of coconut liqueur), fresh lemon, roasted pineapple, plus Jameson Caskmates, which is aged in stout barrels, which gives it a more pronounced depth. It's great to be able to pair these drinks with food.

Blue Collar

361 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 746-5157 Visit Website

Butchers & Barbers

6531 Hollywood Blvd,, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Visit Website