A Complete History of Drinking (Abridged)

This edition of Touring the Cocktail: MOTAC Los Angeles featured our very own Liz Williams at the beautiful rooftop lounge of the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Guests learned about the history of drinking while sipping delicious cocktails.

SoFAB President Liz Williams, author of the forthcoming Lift Your Spirits, presented a concise and colorful history of drinking, from the ancient roots of alcoholic beverages to the modern craft cocktail revolution. Acclaimed bartender and Ace Hotel Beverage Manager Dan Sabo delivered a menu of classic libations that effectively surveyed the history of mixed drinks. Guests also enjoyed gourmet appetizers courtesy Executive Chef Ken Addington of Five Leaves and L.A. Chapter.

See more pictures of the evening on our Facebook page here. All photos courtesy of Nino Andonis.

About the Presenters

Liz Williams has been interested in the cultural aspects of food through several careers. Besides her work with SoFAB she is a lawyer who writes about the legal aspects of food, reflecting culture, policy and economics. She has served in the US Army as a JAG officer, taught arts administration law and historic preservation law. In addition she has been involved in several major economic development projects in New Orleans. She is currently working on a book about obesity lawsuits and other food-related litigation in the U.S.




Dan Sabo first stepped behind a bar in the summer of 2003, cutting his teeth on shots of Jaeger and Malibu Bay Breezes, before graduating to the NYC nightclub “Tini” movement. In 2007, he helped build his first cocktail program, and has been doing so ever since. Over the past seven years, he has helped develop and run the beverage programs at some of New York’s top restaurants. In late 2013, Sabo relocated to Los Angeles, CA, to serve as opening Beverage Manager for the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, where he currently runs beverage for the hotel’s restaurant, LA Chapter and it’s attached cocktail bar, the Mezzanine at LA Chapter, as well as its rooftop cocktail lounge, Upstairs.