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Why You Should Always Tap the Table Before Taking a Shot

Why You Should Always Tap the Table Before Taking a Shot

Tapping the table with your glass before taking a shot is like drunkenly arguing about politics — you can participate even if you don’t really understand what’s going on. Unlike booze-fueled debates, however, touching the bar with a shot glass unites all involved. Here’s how it works. You heroically purchase a round of shots for […]

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This Ancient South Pacific Sipper Is Officially Trending

This Ancient South Pacific Sipper Is Officially Trending

In one of Brooklyn’s coolest neighborhoods, free-spirited locals sip on a beverage they say helps them relax, unwind, and socialize. At a similar bar in Berkeley, Cal., students imbibe during a mid-afternoon study session, taking gulps from coconut shells and chasing it with bites from a juicy tangerine. What they’re drinking is called kava. It’s […]

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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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Seven Most Instagrammable Bar Bathrooms in the U.S.

Seven Most Instagrammable Bar Bathrooms in the U.S.

Fear, panic, and dread are emotions that often grip us when faced with the prospect of a bar bathroom. Fortunately, for those who value design and comfort, bar bathrooms are getting a serious upgrade. Cocktail dens, dive bars, and other watering holes are putting energy and expertise into these oft-forgotten spaces. From Georgia to Napa, […]

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Get Lit With Seven Sunny Turmeric Cocktails

Get Lit With Seven Sunny Turmeric Cocktails

Turmeric cocktails are the latest in a series of healthy-ish drink crazes capturing the attention of drinkers and bartenders alike. The chrysanthemum-hued spice is famous for its detoxifying and immunity boosting abilities, but turmeric’s curative powers aren’t the only reason for its newfound popularity. The spice’s herbal qualities can add unique depth and exotic flavor […]

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We Asked 8 Bartenders: What’s the Best Tequila Cocktail?

We Asked 8 Bartenders: What’s the Best Tequila Cocktail?

The wild popularity of Magaritas notwithstanding, tequila does not figure as prominently into the global cocktail canon as, say gin. Yet agave spirits are arguably the most exciting category in the United States right now. As imports improve, and bars like Clavel in Baltimore and Houston’s Pastry War showcase agave spirits’ diversity, bartenders celebrate the […]

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Clyde Common’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler Doesn’t Have Room for Garbage Bottles

Clyde Common’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler Doesn’t Have Room for Garbage Bottles

There are some bartenders who keep their secrets close to the vest, revealing very little about their recipes or techniques. Jeffrey Morgenthaler is not one of those bartenders. Named American Bartender of the Year, and Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer at the 2016 Spirited Awards, Morgenthaler demystifies craft cocktail techniques and ingredients on his eponymous blog. He has […]

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Dear Irving’s Thomas Spaeth Loves Champagne, Thinks Cheap Tequila Is Shady

Dear Irving’s Thomas Spaeth Loves Champagne, Thinks Cheap Tequila Is Shady

A good bartender has had enough human interactions and seen enough of the world that he or she can hold a conversation with just about anyone. Thomas Spaeth, a bartender who has worked at Manhattan hotspots like Dear Irving and Bar Uni, is the perfect example. From living in Madrid and backpacking through Spain, to navigating high […]

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Dante Bartender Liana Oster Loves Amaro, Makes Nine Types of Negronis

Dante Bartender Liana Oster Loves Amaro, Makes Nine Types of Negronis

Since opening in 1915, New York City’s Dante has been a beacon for actors, writers, and musicians. But this isn’t some preserved-in-amber institution resting on its laurels. Named the 16th best bar in the world at the 2017 Tales of the Cocktail, Dante has a famous Negroni fountain and a Summer of Spritz program offering eight Spritz variations.

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