Leave it to owner Aidan Demarest to finish off
NEAT's first year of business with a bang. To celebrate the major feat, Demarest invited some of the industry's finest to enjoy a live band (The Bastards of Belleville), bbq and endless cocktails provided by the night's sponsor,
Sailor Jerry Rum. The bar put away its clean spirits menu for the night and welcomed NEAT's original bartenders, including Arash Pakzad, Erick Castro, John Lermayer, Rich Andreoli and Mia Sarazen, to mix up some one-of-a-kind cocktails. Or if party-goers preferred, they had the option of sipping Sailor Jerry Rum straight from the barrel.
The high voltage bash was a reflection of the relief Demarest felt following NEAT's first year. "It's said that 90% of bars close in their first year . We're the exception and I'm proud of that," Demarest enthuses.
"Even though I've opened bars for other people , this is the first bar opening of my own," Demarest says, "I still had to learn a lot and I have a lot more to learn, but tonight I party."
A Man of Many Spirits
Not only does Aidan own and operate one of the coolest bars in Glendale, he also acts as a Brand Ambassador for
Elit by Stolichnaya. Stoli Elit, a member of the
William Grant and Sons portfolio, is a premium vodka with a smoother taste that makes for an excellent cocktail. "Opening a spirits bar and then representing a vodka only seemed natural," Demarest explains.
With a bar that honors spirits served neat alongside juice or ginger, Demarest would only accept a vodka worthy of sitting on the NEAT bar: "I wanted only the best vodka and it is the best because it can stand alone or with stronger drinks," Demarest says. The bar owner and Brand Ambassador shows just how versatile Stoli Elit is by creating a barrel-aged vesper with the velvety spirit:
The Barrel-Aged Vesper:
2 oz Elit by Stolichnaya.
1 oz Hendricks
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
Aged in Oak Barrel for 30 days.