The Jet in the name is Jet Tila, former executive chef at Wazuzu in Las Vegas and now The Charleston's managing partner and in charge of the food.
The drink (it's at right in the photo above) was perfect with anything he served at the pre-opening party, including shortrib tacos, margherita flatbreads and, best of all, uni bocadillos.
The oozy, unctuous bocadillos aren't on the regular menu, at least not yet, because Tila hasn't found a steady source of uni.
But the Jet 75 is there every day, or rather every night, because The Charleston doesn't open until 5 p.m. It's a blend of brut Champagne, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, a perfect match for food with lots of flavor.
The 10 p.m. opening after the pre-party was perfect timing for a place to hang out at night, with drinks, food, live entertainment and, in the future, an occasional pop-up restaurant.
The Charleston, 2460 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403. Tel: (310) 828-2115.