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California Wine Country Bars

California is one ongoing “wine country” with dozens of appellations and massive regions home to hundreds of winemaking pioneers and varieties grown from south to north. Napa is the region that not only put California wine on the map...

Interview with Duke’s Spirited Cocktails

In 2016, a very special bar opened in downtown Healdsburg from three Spoonbar (https://spoonbar.com) alums: Laura Sanfilippo, Tara Heffernon and Steven Maduro. Since its initial days when Wine Country bartending pioneer Scott Beattie first helmed Spoonbar’s bar, cocktails in...

Cincinnati Bars

Bordering Kentucky and Indiana, Cincinnati is Ohio’s third most populated city — after Columbus, then Cleveland — with a population of roughly 300,000. Cincy, as it’s often referred to, recalls the brick-and-steel-lined industrial scrappiness of Northeast cities, combined with...

Molly Wellmann

Walking down the streets of downtown Cincinnati with native daughter Molly Wellmann (www.mollywellmann.com), it’s easy to see she’s the Queen of Cincy. Locals know and adore her, constantly stopping her in the street, waving as she passes by or...

Oakland Spirits Company Bottles the Spirit of the Ocean

In early 2016, a pioneering distillery in the heart of Uptown Oakland, CA quickly became a cult favorite. This is Oakland Spirits Co., OsCo for short. Its most well-known spirits are Sea Gin made with foraged Nori, coastal bay...

The State of Our Bar Community is Dire

It’s a terrifying time for all. But it’s a dire time for small businesses, especially our beloved restaurants and bars. Not only do our independent restaurants and bars bring the color and literal and figurative “flavor” to each of...

Interview with Bar Owner, Chris McMillian

There are bartenders who love their craft but are in the industry merely for a season. There are bartenders who get into the business for moments of press or local fame, then move on to brand ambassador-type roles or...

The Top 10 Bars in New Orleans

New Orleans’s celebratory spirit and joyous sensuality is unmatched. As one of the world’s truly great drinking cities, its crucial place in cocktail history includes being the city where many of history’s best cocktails were invented: Sazerac, Ramos Gin...

Matt Tocco

A hip bowling alley, restaurant, bar, lounge, coffee shop and general all-day hangout on the Cumberland River, Pinewood Social was an early adopter in Nashville’s cocktail renaissance. Though cities like New York and San Francisco were well over a...

The Skinny on Canned Cocktails

For many, summertime means going to the beach and lying by the pool. Unfortunately, packing a bottle of traditional craft spirits means bringing glass, which is cumbersome and typically prohibited. One viable option for a convenient, portable and refreshing...