Genever: gin speakeasy stirs things up in Historic Filipinotown

LOS ANGELES — Welcome to Genever, one of the few gin joints in Los Angeles,  recently opened by a trio of Pinays who are now shaking up Historic Filipinotown with their drink creations.

“It is our take on a modern speakeasy accessible glamour we take pride in being part of a community and neighborhood that we have deep roots in,” said Patricia Perez.

“One of our cocktails is ‘diamond and pearls,’ which is sago coconut and pandan, we also have ‘lost angel,’ which uses bitter melon,” said Roselma Samala. “We have other ones that uses calamansi juice.”

Patricia Perez, Roselma Samala and Christine Sumiller met in UCLA. A few years ago, they decided to start a business.

” What better way to figure out what business to start than figuring out what we enjoy doing together,” said Samala.

Genever is a place that the community helped build with crowdfunding, and now gets visits from city officials, celebrating a new Filipino business in a neighborhood that’s trying to keep Pinoy culture alive.

“Part of the rewards for pledging in Kickstarter you will tangibly see here at the bar,” said Sumiller. “The stools you see at the bar are actually named for whoever pledged for them. Another reward is to have your name on the table.”

“We’re very grateful and blessed to part of that especially as women business owners and to be in Historic Filipinotown or HiFi, we feel like we are part of this gem of our culture and helping to put it on the forefront is quite remarkable,” said Perez.

While born and raised in Los Angeles, these spirited ladies are quick to point out that when it comes to drinking gin, the Philippines is number two in the world — a trend they hope to ride with this one of a kind Filipino joint.


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