Shake it up

Bartender/mixologist Vincenzio Marianella shakes his cocktail creations in a unique way. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times / January 28, 2009)

Make that drink with Chartreuse

Do the Carthusian monks, who produce Chartreuse, add their secret-recipe herbal liqueur to cocktails? If not, they should now. The Chartreuse Sweet 16 Competition, held at the Doheny on Aug. 10, produced several interesting cocktails by local bar superstars including Damian Windsor (Roger Room), Matty Eggleston (Wurstküche) and Chris Bostock (the Varnish). Matthew Biancaniello, of the Roosevelt Hotel, eventually won the final round with a bell-pepper cocktail, but it was his Grapes of Wrath drink, made with Concord grapes, lemon juice, agave, Hendricks gin and Chartreuse, that really had us smitten.

-- Betty Hallock

Your last stand? Have a Custer

Vincenzo Marianella's Italian accent isn't the only thing that'll spread a smile on your face. The barman has introduced several new cocktails to the menu at his Santa Monica bar Copa d'Oro, located at 217 Broadway. Some highlights include: the Custer Cocktail (Sazerac Rye, Galliano, Cynar, celery bitter and rhubarb bitter; $13), the Black Rosemary Diamond (gin, Crème de Cassis, blackberry, fresh lime juice and rosemary; $12); and the Jersey Pie (applejack, vanilla and fresh lemon juice; $11).

-- Elina Shatkin Sunday night is the time for beer pong

Need a reason to call in sick on Monday? Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge, located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., recently launched Sunday Funday, a carefree party complete with beer pong, flip cup, bean bag toss, $13 Bud Light pitchers and, of course, bowling. Party gets going at 9 p.m. What, no beer helmets?

-- Alexandra Le Tellier Hangover cure at the Roosevelt

Drink too much at the Roosevelt's Tropicana Bar Friday night? The legendary hotel at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. gets holistic with poolside yoga classes every Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. For $20 per session, the L.A. Yoga Collective will help you open your chakras in the hotel's Massage Garden.

-- Scott T. Sterling