Five-Cent Beers and Hard-Drinking Horses: 15 Saloon Photos Reveal the Real Wild West

Five-Cent Beers and Hard-Drinking Horses: 15 Saloon Photos Reveal the Real Wild West

The Western frontier is equal parts geographical destination, era, and myth for most Americans. Notions of the so-called Wild West conjure evocative hyphenates; we envision hard-scrabble folks carving out lives in punishing conditions, rife with dust-filled saloons and hard-drinking cowboys. This folklore inspires odes by Willie Nelson and Will Smith, and decades of films, television, and […]

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Nicole Battle Is Just Not That Into Manhattans

Nicole Battle Is Just Not That Into Manhattans

Pittsburgh bartender Nicole Battle didn’t set out to work in restaurants. But “somewhere along the way, it became clear to me that doing this was making me happy,” she told The Incline last spring. Now president of the United States Bartenders’ Guild Pittsburgh chapter, Battle mentors up-and-coming service pros and manages Pittsburgh’s stellar DiAnoia’s Eatery, […]

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The Most Expensive Wine From Every Country in the World

The Most Expensive Wine From Every Country in the World

There are more than 70 countries worldwide producing wine. Historically, 90 percent of the world’s wine came from 15 countries, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. To understand the global spectrum, we analyzed data from Wine-Searcher.com and compiled the most expensive wine from every country. From the Old World usual suspects, to […]

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The Seven Best Bourbon, Whiskey, and Rye for Boulevardiers, Ranked

The Seven Best Bourbon, Whiskey, and Rye for Boulevardiers, Ranked

Negronis hold a special place in the hearts of many drinks professionals. Boulevardiers, their dark-featured cousins, are making inroads as Americans’ love affair with whiskeys continues to grow. (“American Whiskey is on Fire” Fortune.com declared in 2017, heralding the $3.1 billion sales of brown spirits the year prior.) As with Negronis, the Boulevardier rubric features […]

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The Gold in This Italian Bank Is Actually 430,000 Wheels of Parmesan

The Gold in This Italian Bank Is Actually 430,000 Wheels of Parmesan

Credito Emiliano, a bank in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, offers loans in exchange for uniquely Italian collateral: golden wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Housed in a high-security complex surrounded by barbed wire, the bank, known locally as Credem, holds some 430,000 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano made by farmers in the area. The stacks sit 20 wheels high and […]

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The Fake Bartenders Who Ran a Real Bar to Expose Widespread Corruption in 1970s Chicago

The Fake Bartenders Who Ran a Real Bar to Expose Widespread Corruption in 1970s Chicago

In the late 1970s, owners of mom-and-pop shops in Chicago were calling the Chicago Sun-Times with complaints about city officials demanding payoffs for business licences. None of the callers wanted to go on the record, though, for fear of retribution. To get to the bottom of the story, the reporters needed proof. They needed to […]

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