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Sober Company: Shingo Gokan’s New Foray into Shanghai

Sober Company: Shingo Gokan’s New Foray into Shanghai

In many circles, Shanghai, China’s capital for… well, just about everything, isn’t yet considered one of the top international locations for food and drink. There’s Paris, New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles. But Shanghai, despite earning a few spots in last year’s Michelin Guide, hasn’t quite made the cut yet.…read more →

Chicago Cocktail Bar, the Aviary, Is Heading to NYC

Chicago Cocktail Bar, the Aviary, Is Heading to NYC

When I visited the Aviary in Chicago in the summer of 2015, I drank a rum Manhattan that was smoked inside a made-to-order plastic bag. I was served a drink inside a treasure chest. I used a slingshot to break open an ice sphere, which contained an Old Fashioned. It…read more →

Drinking Phoenix: Cocktailing at Tratto and Bar Bianco

Drinking Phoenix: Cocktailing at Tratto and Bar Bianco

Arizona is a place that’s made for cocktails. The weather is right all year long for any variety of tipples, from margaritas and citrus-heavy drinks in the summer to vermouth and Chartreuse-tinged libations in the winter, there’s a cocktail for every season in the Grand Canyon State. Its no wonder,…read more →

Visit Prohibition-Era Havana at Blacktail in NYC

Visit Prohibition-Era Havana at Blacktail in NYC

To step into Blacktail is to step into a freeze frame of a bygone era. With its rich wood paneling, rotating brass fans, and oversize leather couches, Blacktail channels an early 20th century Havana, where Americans flocked when their rums, brandies and other alcoholic diversions were outlawed during Prohibition. From…read more →

Five Halloween Cocktails to Haunt Your Dreams

Five Halloween Cocktails to Haunt Your Dreams

Typically, your Halloween cocktails fall into two camps: those that look the part, and those that taste good. Rarely is a drink with muddled candy corn or gummy worm garnishes something you actually want to drink. So just when you think it’s best to give up and drink some whiskey…read more →

The Dead Rabbit Is the Best Bar in the World

The Dead Rabbit Is the Best Bar in the World

The annual list of the 50 best bars in the world was just released, and Manhattan bar, The Dead Rabbit, has taken top honors. New York and London cleaned up, with the two cities accounting for nine of the top 10 spots. And though winners hail from Beirut, Hong Kong,…read more →

The Long Bar, Shanghai’s Oldest Watering Hole

The Long Bar, Shanghai’s Oldest Watering Hole

Shanghai. When one hears of it, images of the skyline of the Pudong New District, with the orb of the Oriental Pearl Tower, the bottle opener that is the World Financial Center, and other buildings come to mind. Crowds, culture, busy streets. Shanghai is one of the largest and most…read more →

Knappogue Castle Unveils a New Look, Cocktails Ensue

Knappogue Castle Unveils a New Look, Cocktails Ensue

Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey got a new look. And to celebrate, they flew in a couple heavyweight bartenders from across these great states to Pouring Ribbons in New York’s East Village just for the occasion. The visiting dignitaries: Jackson Cannon from Eastern Standard and The Hawthorne in Boston…read more →

Derek Brown’s Columbia Room Is Back in DC

Derek Brown’s Columbia Room Is Back in DC

It would be an overstatement to say that Derek Brown birthed DC’s cocktail renaissance. After all, before he burst onto the scene, there were plenty of Washington bartenders–Todd Thrasher and Gina Chersevani notable among them–doing interesting work. But when Brown opened The Passenger on an emerging block in late 2009,…read more →

Scene Report: Austin Bartender Justin Lavenue

Scene Report: Austin Bartender Justin Lavenue

Justin Lavenue is having a good year. The talented barkeep was just named Eater Austin’s 2015 Bartender of the Year, and prior to that he was named Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Mixologist and Bombay Sapphire’s Most Imaginative Bartender. So he seemed like the kind of guy we might…read more →

The Belle Epoque Cocktail and a Look at Ratafia

The Belle Epoque Cocktail and a Look at Ratafia

The Belle Epoque cocktail hails from Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans. It first caught our attention because of its utilization of a unique ingredient — ratafia. Ratafia is an infusion of a base spirit (typically brandy) with fruit. Historically, ratafia called on whatever was in season, whether persimmons, blackberries, kumquats,…read more →

Cocktailing in Austin at Weather Up

Cocktailing in Austin at Weather Up

Weather Up is that rare cocktail bar with multiple locations. So after visiting one of its New York spots, we decided to pay the Texas version a visit. It being about 1,500 miles closer to our house and all. Upon walking up to Weather Up Austin, you quickly get the…read more →

Cocktailing in Denver at Williams & Graham

Cocktailing in Denver at Williams & Graham

You enter this speakeasy-style Denver cocktail bar from the street, into a dark, quiet and musty book store. The hostess slips a piece of paper through a secret compartment to the other side, and the bookcase swings open allowing the sounds and smells of the bar to drift through. As…read more →

The Bare Knuckle Bar Fight at Tales of the Cocktail

The Bare Knuckle Bar Fight at Tales of the Cocktail

One of the most anticipated events at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail was the Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, which pitted seven bars against in each other in a drinks slinging, no-holds-barred fight to the death. Sort of. It was really just a spirited affair, in which the competing bars…read more →

Paper Plane, an Atlanta Cocktail Bar

Paper Plane, an Atlanta Cocktail Bar

Paper Plane, a collaboration between Victory Sandwich Bar and Paul Calvert, opened about two months ago, and is already, easily, one of the best cocktail bars in Atlanta. This is to be expected, with Paul Calvert at the helm of the wine and cocktail program. He’s a bit of an…read more →

Drinking in Singapore: 28 Hongkong Street

Drinking in Singapore: 28 Hongkong Street

A travel dispatch from roving reporter, Nico Martini. Down a back alley in the heart of Singapore, there’s a hidden door that leads you to an even more hidden gem of a cocktail bar called 28 Hongkong Street. It’s not necessarily a speakeasy. There’s no special knock. It’s not hidden…read more →

Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

A travel dispatch from roving reporter, Nico Martini. Not often do you have an opportunity to visit the birth place of a world-famous cocktail. So, when in Singapore, I made it my mission to drink a Singapore Sling. Invented by Ngaim Tong Boon in 1915 at the Raffles Hotel, the…read more →

Tasting Table Unveils Best Cocktails of 2012

Tasting Table Unveils Best Cocktails of 2012

Our pals at Tasting Table are a thirsty lot, regularly traipsing about the country in search of fine libations. It’s tireless, thankless work. Actually, no, it’s pretty great. But to justify their expense reports, they’ve got to have something to show for it. So they’ve recently crunched the numbers, compiled…read more →