Monday, June 17, 2024

Baby Gee unveils Halloween week menu (free jello shots included)

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Following in the line of The Social List down the street, Baby Gee has decided to go all in with the Halloween spirit, decking out their interior with decorations and creating a tiny-but-mighty Halloween menu that is filled with genuinely goulish details—and we are here for it.

Owners Gianna Johns and Daniel Flores want “people to just have some fun—even score some free jello shots if they show up in costume,” Johns said happily.

Three new cocktails join the Halloween fray: A citrusy-meets-melon-y concoction dubbed Monsters Are Real, giving the illusion that a glowing green monster is climbing out of your glass, is a genuinely delightful if not outright poundable drink.

The Itsy Bitsy—whose massive cube greets you with a ghost—is the menu’s most booze-forward cocktail in terms of flavor, where Hotazaki whiskey meets layers of chile, chocolate, and stonefruit.

And the true highlight that almost feels nostalgic since its likes haven’t been seen since before the pandemic: A drink meant to be shared, the Saint + Sinner.

Shoved into a massive black skull, this ode to the season is the pumpkin spice dream you’ve been wanting: Not too sweet but definitely not dry, this tequila-centric libation has hints of pineapple, clove, and ginger. Dangerously sippable, definitively enjoyable, drinkers can also make it even boozier by adding a float of Patrón that has been aged in a sherry cask.

And, of course, the menu would not be complete a small food offering from Flores—and this round, he’s opted to take on a meatball and pepperoni sandwich layered with his own red wine marinara and Monterey Jack.

“We use a sesame loaf from the same people who make our focaccia,” Flores said. “I wanted something hearty and warm so went with that heavier red wine tomato sauce and I chose Monterey over mozzarella because there’s just that slight funk to it and its edges brown like a perfect Cheez-It. And I added pepperoni because why not?”

The result is a damned good bar sandwich that one can only hope will remain on the menu past Halloween.

And then, of course, those free jello shots for those that show up in costume from Friday, Oct. 27 through to Halloween—and these are not your jello shots of ye old college times. One is a Black Cherry Dr. Pepper shot with Hotazaki whiskey and dark chocolate while the other is a Patrón jello shot with lime and elderflower.

“And yes, we will have a costume contest with a cash prize on Saturday [Oct. 28],” Johns noted.

For those not in the mix, Baby Gee has quickly built a name for itself after opening earlier this year as not only one of the city’s best bars—it was recognized as one of the nation’s 10 best new bars by the Spirited Awards, the nation’s highest honors in the libation world—it is also dedicated to a constantly revolving menu of cocktails, but one that is always community-centric.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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