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Interview with Bar Manager, Olivia Rose Griffin

When Olivia Rose Griffin moved from San Francisco to Louisville in 2014, there wasn’t a tiki bar in the state of Kentucky — and few in the South in general. But The Limbo (www.thelimbo.club/), which Griffin opened in early...

Louisville Bars

My favorite dive and music bar is spacious, welcoming Odeon Louisville…, the kind of spot that recalls East Nashville, where local musicians jam in a midcentury living room setting, warmed by shag carpeting and a roaring fireplace. It’s not...

Interview with James Downs

Moving from Detroit to Cleveland and San Francisco, then back home to Detroit, James Downs first fell in love with cocktails and spirits working at a historic Detroit bar, then honed his craft in pioneering cocktail city, SF. He is...

Ten Favorite Bars from Around the World

There are bars, then there are bars. Like the world’s best restaurants, the top bars push boundaries in innovation, historical accuracy, spirits selection, service, design and magical environment, unusual glassware or techniques, or sometimes all of the above. As...

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...