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Interview with Leigh Lacap

From coffee barista days to bartending his first gig at San Diego’s great Craft and Commerce (www.craft-commerce.com), Leigh Lacap is schooled on balance and technique, but also imparts a playful, feel-good approach that many a bar manager could learn...

Manhattan Bar Manager Naren Young of Dante

The 1988 movie Cocktail changed everything for Naren Young when he first saw it as a young lad in the 1990s. It ushered in a crush on Elisabeth Shue and—more importantly—the flair bartending and bar scenes of the film...

Bring Back the Medicine

As imbibers, we saunter up to a bar and ask for our medicine with a sagacious smirk. The bartender knows what we mean. Libations have been affectionately referred to as “medicine” for as long as they have existed. From...

Come Fly With Me or: The Story of the First Aviation’s Gin

The recipe for the Aviation cocktail was first recorded in Hugo R Ensslin’s 1916 book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks. ⅓ Lemon Juice ⅔ El Bart Gin 2 dashes Maraschino 2 dashes Crème de Violette Shake well in a mixing...

22 of the World’s Best Bars

When you visit over 600 restaurants and bars every single year, some call you obsessed. They aren’t wrong. When it’s your work and your obsession, such relentless pursuit for “the great” is an exhausting  joy. I am blessed to...

Interview with Bar Manager James Bolt of The Gin Joint

When The Gin Joint opened in 2010, there was little of national note in Charleston’s cocktail scene. Debuting the same year as famed Charleston chef Sean Brock’s Husk restaurant, The Gin Joint helped jump-start a cocktail renaissance that was...

Sipping Through Charleston

When one begins touring the historic center of Charleston, the feeling is almost museum-like. But the small city is not so much pristine as it is preserved, as if stepping straight into the 1700s. Though founded in 1670, the...
Prohibition Absinthe service

Vancouver Bars

With dramatic mountains, shimmering waters and towering high-rises, Vancouver is the city jewel of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest: one of Canada’s overall great destinations. It’s a brutally expensive city in which to live due to an intense...

Interview with Camille Cavan, Bar Manager at Quaintrelle

Portland has no shortage of bartenders, it’s true. And plenty with great bar acumen. But to find one who is experienced in spirits and cocktails and also exhibits exceptional service is not always so easy. Lucky for Portland, they...

Portland Oregon Cocktail Bars

Portlandia and Powell’s Books, breweries and Pacific Northwest cuisine, Portland (aka PDX) wears the mantle of hipster city… and that it is: a green city situated on the Willamette River, with charming cottages and homes on tree-lined streets and...