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Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

To say that Bar High Five comes highly recommended is a whopper of an understatement. The Tokyo cocktail den has become a permanent fixture on international best-of lists, and achieved household name-status among bartenders the world over. So on a recent trip to Japan, my two brothers and I decided…read more →

Discovering Tokyo’s Bar Cocktail Book

Discovering Tokyo’s Bar Cocktail Book

When I set out for Tokyo, I had my bars picked out. No matter that it was the largest city in the world: I’d made up my mind to spend my nights at must-visit spots like Bar High Five and Zoetrope. But as my two brothers and I walked back…read more →

Rethinking the Piña Colada for National Piña Colada Day

Rethinking the Piña Colada for National Piña Colada Day

The Piña Colada often gets a bad rap as an overly-sweet, amateur hour concoction that should be relegated to vacations and swim-up bars. But made with fresh ingredients and some attention to detail, the Piña Colada is a delicious cocktail to be taken seriously. So to celebrate the made-up holiday that…read more →

Rise of the Machines: Tipsy Robot Opens in Las Vegas

Rise of the Machines: Tipsy Robot Opens in Las Vegas

If the machines become sentient and take over Earth, at least we can rest assured that there will still be cocktails. Because the Tipsy Robot, a new bar staffed by drinks-slinging robots, opened today in—where else—Las Vegas. You can find this innovative concept inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood…read more →

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 →