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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Interview with Felix Cohen, Bar Manager at Every Cloud

Felix Cohen is a much-needed figure in the London bar world, though web development is his “other” career. As the owner of the tiny, charming Every Cloud (everycloudbar.com) bar in London’s Hackney neighborhood (in our top bars feature, pg....