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San Francisco’s Best Bartender Finally Has His Own Bar

San Francisco’s Best Bartender Finally Has His Own Bar

The sun beams through the windows of The Saratoga, a year-old cocktail bar and restaurant in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Hosts, cooks, and bartenders buzz about, readying the ship for a busy Friday night. The back bar, which seems to stretch toward the heavens, sparkles in the afternoon light. Brandon Clements, co-owner of The Saratoga […]

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For Columbia Room’s Suzy Critchlow, Vodka Sodas Are a Thing of the Past

For Columbia Room’s Suzy Critchlow, Vodka Sodas Are a Thing of the Past

Washington D.C.’s Columbia Room, which snagged the 2017 Spirited Award for Best American Cocktail Bar, is actually three bars under one roof: a casual Punch Garden, the Spirits Library, and the crown jewel of the operation, the Tasting Room. All are co-captained by head bartender Suzy Critchlow and beverage director JP Fetherston. Critchlow runs the […]

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Love It or Hate It, Without Jameson You Wouldn’t Be Drinking Irish Whiskey

Love It or Hate It, Without Jameson You Wouldn’t Be Drinking Irish Whiskey

People who say that success is a double-edged sword probably haven’t struggled to pay rent in a while. Still, certain gravy trains have their drawbacks. Take Jameson, the world’s most popular Irish whiskey. The brand moved 6.5 million cases last year and reported double- and triple-digit growth in 80 global markets in the latter half of […]

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Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Hotel Bars Are Outshining the Tiny Cocktail Lounges They Helped Create

Your great-grandmother was probably a pretty cool lady. If she lived in New York, she may have sipped an exciting new cocktail called a Bloody Mary, which, as the story goes, was invented in the 1930s at the St. Regis hotel’s famed King Cole Bar (named for the iconic 1908 mural on one of its […]

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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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You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

You Can Tell a Bar Is Serious if It Has A Fancy Banana Cocktail on the Menu

Modern mixology is bananas. It’s now easier to get a fantastic cocktail in any corner of the country, a win for those of us who consider drinking a four-season, off-court sport. On the flip side, the movement elevates prices and the sort of panoramic pretension in which your Uncle Jimmy describes his Applebee’s Margarita as […]

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Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Bartenders Are Using Technology and Michelin-Starred Technique to Blow Your Mind

Remember when foam was a thing? In the early aughts, molecular gastronomy catapulted fine dining into the 21st century. Launching from Ferran Adria’s groundbreaking elBulli, the movement brought liquid nitrogen, hydrocolloids, and sous-vide everything into innovative kitchens around the world. Now, progressive bars are utilizing innovative gadgets and scientific technique to produce show-stopping, category-redefining drinks. […]

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Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly’s Westin Galleymore Would Kill Negronis ‘Mercifully’

Underbelly, a globe-trotting Houston restaurant that earned chef Chris Shepherd two James Beard Awards, is in the midst of major changes. Last fall, it introduced its first-ever cocktail program. Spirits director Westin Galleymore began creating ambitious menus that change frequently, riff on classics, and feature seasonal produce like winter satsumas. ”People want to drink darker, […]

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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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