Two cool kids are out to change up the drinks biz in LA.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY KATHRYN ROMEYN

“Peo­ple are drink­ing bet­ter now,” says Talmadge Lowe, owner of High­land Park’s bou­tique bar ca­ter­ing op­er­a­tion Phar­ma­cie and one half of Hi-Lo, the big­gest thing to hit Cul­ver City since Plat­form. It’s the mod­ern man and woman’s up­grade to the neigh­bor­hood bodega, con­ceived by Lowe and busi­ness part­ner Chris Har­ris in re­sponse to a col­lec­tive de­sire to buy the lat­est craft booze, bar essen­tials, and spe­cialty items in one cool, cu­rated space.

Hi-Lo sells cult IPAs along­side Modelo, small-batch whiskeys, and Jeni’s ice cream; of­fers tast­ings, stock­ing ser­vices for home bars, and spe­cialty clubs in which whiskey or craft beer lovers can stay ed­u­cated about the in­dus­try and get up-to-the-minute news about sea­sonal or rare items com­ing into stock; and cus­tom­izes gift boxes with cock­tail in­gre­di­ents, recipes, and beau­ti­ful pack­ag­ing.

The plan is to spread the con­cept far and wide, thanks in part to sup­port from Dry­bar in­vestors ex­pe­ri­enced in that area. New for sum­mer: a free­stand­ing bar and tast­ing tap, where “we can truly in­tro­duce our cus­tomers to what we of­fer, and fur­ther sup­port lo­cal brew­eries and wine­mak­ers— build­ing a com­mu­nity!” says Lowe. “We will be a hub for peo­ple who want to try new things.” What’s more, you can charge it all to a house ac­count… like a new-fash­ioned Cheers. We’ll drink to that. 8582 Wash­ing­ton Blvd., Cul­ver City, 424298-8443;

Where ev­ery­body knows your name: The old-school liquor store is be­ing up­dated by Hi-Lo co­founders Chris Har­ris (top, left) and Talmadge Lowe (top, right), whose sig­na­ture red flag­ship in Cul­ver City’s arts dis­trict of­fers up (be­low, from left)...

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