Riverside mini-chain Lift Coffee Roasters’ latest location in Uptown Whittier is garnering rightful buzz thanks to its partnership with modern American restaurant Four Bricks. Aside from being roommates in a beautiful Victorian house with rustic furnishings perched on Greenleaf Avenue, Four Bricks and Lift have created a cocktail and coffee love-child that combines Four Bricks’ specialty craft drinks with Lift’s bold cups of joe—two guilty pleasures in a single coupe glass.
Lift Up’s combination of rye, cold-brew coffee,
Aside from the marvelous creation that is the Lift Up, the Whittier Daily News (named after the town’s daily newspaper) is a tasty winner. Served with gin, vermouth, mint, cucumber, lime and sugar (which looks so pretty and sparkly you almost feel guilty sipping it down), the Whittier Daily News is like a refreshing mojito sans the mint, lime and cucumber gunk that too often gets stuck to your lips.
If spice is your vice, then try the Jalapeño Business with vodka, clean green juice, lime,
If you’re feeling extra naughty, order the Dirty Dog-style fries to share with your barmate after you’ve both knocked back a few and are in full
Lift Coffee Roasters, 6512 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, (562) 281-8513; liftcoffeeroasters.com/whittier.