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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 →

All the Winners at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

All the Winners at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards

The 10th Annual Spirited Awards capped off another great Tales of the Cocktail, as an impressive panel of industry experts crowned winners in categories spanning bars, bartenders, new products and cocktail writing. London and San Francisco put up particularly strong showings, taking the awards for World’s Best Cocktail Bar and…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 →

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 →

Drinking in Atlanta: Cocktails at Iberian Pig

Drinking in Atlanta: Cocktails at Iberian Pig

**This week finds roving reporter Nico Martini in Atlanta or thereabouts. Below: some findings.** Next stop in Atlanta: the suburbs. In this case, Decatur. I’d heard good things about the Iberian Pig, so that’s where I went. There’s an extensive back bar. And huge blocks of ice for hand-chipping. So…read more →

Drinking in Barcelona. Via Atlanta.

Drinking in Barcelona. Via Atlanta.

**This week finds roving reporter Nico Martini in Atlanta. Below: some findings.** The latest spot on my drinks tour: Barcelona. Which, in this case, is a bar/restaurant in Atlanta. It’s a good looking spot, with lots of rustic wood, a pewter partition separating the eaters from the drinkers and black…read more →

Drinking in Atlanta: Corazon Tan Blanco at Pura Vida

Drinking in Atlanta: Corazon Tan Blanco at Pura Vida

**This week finds roving reporter Nico Martini in Atlanta. Below: some findings.** In Atlanta this week. And, well, it’s hot. Which means I’m spending a lot of time indoors. Namely, at bars. So that’s how I found myself at Pura Vida, a tapas joint with a massive wood-planked bartop and…read more →

Tales of the Cocktail Comes to Texas

Tales of the Cocktail Comes to Texas

This week marks the second Tales of the Cocktail Texas Tour, which brings a festival preview to cocktail bars in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. This time around we’ll be celebrating with a toast of Herbsaint cocktails and a sneak peak at what’s in store for the 10th annual…read more →