BBaF Podcast Episode 84: General Lee’s Cocktail House, LA’s Historic Chinatown

Listen to Episode 84: General Lee’s Cocktail House, LA’s Historic Chinatown

What do Frank Sinatra, Awkwafina, LA’s pioneering punk rock scene & craft cocktails all have in common? They all have a connection to LA’s historic General Lee’s Cocktail House in Chinatown.  

On the cusp of the Chinese New Year kicking off tomorrow, this week on the Bit by a Fox Podcast we are taking a deep dive into one of the oldest family owned establishments in Los Angeles, originally opened by the Lee family in Old Chinatown in the late 1800s.  

Lee family photo
Lee family photo

There is now 6 generations of the Lee Family, and Sharon Lee, one of this week’s guests, is here to talk about her family’s legacy as pioneers of LA’s Chinatown and the founders of the original General Lee’s Restaurant – one of the most glamorous destinations at the time. 

Menu design
Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins
Interior General Lee’s Cocktail House
Sharon Lee’s mother, Yuki

Jim Akimoto, General Lee’s Managing Partner, also joins us to speak on the history of General Lee’s and Chinatown, his connection to the place as a kid, and how they decided to preserve the legacy of General Lee’s. Philip Ly, head bartender, also joins us to speak on the current cocktail program at General Lee’s, and the planned Lunar Year celebrations this upcoming week.

This week’s featured cocktail is General Lee’s special cocktail for the Chinese New Year: One Lucky Buck by head bartender, Philip Ly.

One Lucky Buck 
1.5 oz Ming River Baijiu
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz ginger syrup
2 dash sichuan pepper tincture 

Shake and strain into a Collins glass 

Top ginger beer
2 dsh Angostura bitters
2 dsh peychauds bitters on top 
Mint sprig garnish

2 Comments on BBaF Podcast Episode 84: General Lee’s Cocktail House, LA’s Historic Chinatown

  1. David
    January 24, 2020 at 9:13 pm (9 months ago)

    This place is where I like to go and have a good time. I’ll be there for the Chinese New Year for sure.

    • Prairie Rose
      January 25, 2020 at 10:55 am (9 months ago)

      Fantastic! I’ll be there next Friday! Happy New Year!


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