Dan Rook wants Hollywood to drink better. A Chicago transplant who cut his teeth at Irish pubs, Rook opened Ever Bar near the Capitol Records building in summer 2017. What differentiates Ever Bar from a crowded market of hushed, hidden, and precious cocktail lounges is accessibility. The list is simultaneously cerebral and approachable, spanning classics […]
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 […]
Some like their whiskey neat, some like it on the rocks. Some prefer it with a splash of $10 limestone water. Regardless of your predilections, there is always a time and place for whiskey cocktails. We caught up with eight New York City bartenders to learn which drinks reign above all others, and which you should […]
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 […]
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.
“Please don’t let this suck. And if it does suck, please let it be over quickly.” This is the prayer I’ve always whispered to myself en route to a first date. Of course, for me and everyone else, not even the most desperate plea to the universe will save you from every miserable meet-up. Bartenders […]
If you told a 21-year-old Brian Evans that one day he’d become a New York City bartender, he’d have called you a boldfaced liar. Yet today he helms the bar at Santina, a trendy restaurant with a coastal Italian accent in the Meatpacking District. Before that, he was at Marta, and before that he was […]
The Butcher, a bustling joint at the Albert Cuyp street market in Amsterdam’s De Pijp, is packed in evenings with locals biting into babaganoush burgers. A select few walk straight past the parade of prime Aberdeen Angus beef to TBA, a speakeasy accessed by a daily-changing password.
If you take a look behind any bar in America, you’re bound to find a variety of liquors both familiar (hello, whiskey) and unusual. But what about the workhorse bottles that bartenders reach for again and again? We asked nine bartenders from West Hollywood to Nashville to tell us about their ”Swiss Army knife” bottles, […]