Who is Craig Trager, What is Vintage Bar Group and What are their Specialty Cocktails for this edition of Recipe Sunday?

Craig Trager was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and has been involved in both the restaurant and nightclub business for over twenty years. Trager managed Tuttobene Restaurant, owned by well-known restaurateur Silvio Dimore where Trager learned the importance of treating customers in that special way therefore giving them a reason to come back time and time again.

Trager then went on to work with Brent Bolthouse as the Managing Partner of Babylon Restaurant. It was a Babylon Restaurant Trager felt the need to open his own establishments in order to take the customer’s needs first and foremost.

In 1998 Trager formed Vintage Bar Group with the intent to own and operate bars with the same theory that the TV show Cheers was based on and that is to make everyone who walks into a Vintage Bar Group establishment feel like a celebrity the minute they walk through the door and to provide those customers a place where the staff not only knows its customers by name but their drink as well.

Mr. Tragers philosophy has had a proven track record over the past 12 years launching six successful lounges, Daddy’s Bar & Lounge, The Well, NoBAR, The Woods, The Fifth and El BAR all of which Trager’s company, Vintage Bar Group, currently owns and operates today excluding Daddy’s which closed in 2006 due to condemnation.

Vintage Bar Group is currently expanding its services to include both business and design consulting as well as providing full service liquor catering for events. It is Trager’s long term goal to open THE TRAGER, a full service hotel in the Los Angeles area. http://www.vintagebargroup.com

Specialty Cocktails

Latin Lover Martini

Passion fruit Vodka, Patron citronge, sour mix

And A splash of cranberry juice

Chilled straight UP



KETTLE one Vodka with lychee and simple syrup,

Chilled straight up



Our signature shot served with Cuervo Platino


The matador margarita

Don julio silver tequila, licor 43 and

Fresh squeezed lime juice

Shaken and served on the rocks


Mr. c’s cucumber cocktail

Bombay sapphire gin with muddled cucumbers,

Fresh squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, sour mix

And a splash of Soda water served on the rocks


The Desperado MOJITO

Pearl POMMEGRANITE flavored vodka and st. germain

With fresh mint and lime juice

Served on the rocks


El bar sangria

Traditional red sangria 8.00


Sparkling berry sangria 10.00