This bar in Culver City is known for being unassuming. It was in fact empty except for myself and my friend Alvaro who met up to exchange 6 month’s worth of life drama. We are old friends and get deep and share intimate details of shattered hearts, profound losses, family heritage, life celebration, and the basic “Thank goodness we avoided that pitfall.” He ordered Manhattans and I opted for a Tomato Martini. My drink was garden fresh as is most food and beverage in Cali! It was tasty and strong but I ended up switching it up for a vodka with grated ginger. Our bartender was brilliant. He played DJ with classic Guns and Roses with touches of TV on the Radio. He was well versed in contemporary art and art publishing. I also caught him tending to the plants outside the bar. Oh the beauty of California….Stop in the Mandrake for quality art shows, film screenings, or just good fresh drinks. The night we sat at the bar Art:21, the PBS series was showing for local artists.