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Can Better Bars Save Hotels From Airbnb?

Can Better Bars Save Hotels From Airbnb?

“Airbnb is a mortal threat to the U.S. hotel industry.” This dramatic proclamation was delivered by legendary American entrepreneur, hotelier, and real estate developer Ian Schrager, the mind behind both Studio 54 and our current boutique hotel boom, in a piece for the WSJ online. Schrager, promoting his newly unveiled NYC property Public, counsels that […]

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Fake Accents and Craigslist Scams: Bartenders Reveal First-Date Horror Stories

Fake Accents and Craigslist Scams: Bartenders Reveal First-Date Horror Stories

“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 […]

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Cocktails With Pumpkin Spice Flavors Are (Obviously) Delicious

Cocktails With Pumpkin Spice Flavors Are (Obviously) Delicious

Not even cocktails are immune to the power of pumpkin spice. As cooler temperatures arrive for much of the U.S., this season’s beverages are transitioning away from bright, summery flavors like mint and citrus. Now bolder, boozier drinks with earthy and woodsy undertones, orange citrus, and baking spice are headlining cocktail bars coast to coast.

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‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

‘Speakeasy’ Bars Are Killing It in Countries That Never Had Prohibition

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.

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Why Top Bartenders Are Reclaiming a 350-Year-Old American Spirit

Why Top Bartenders Are Reclaiming a 350-Year-Old American Spirit

Bourbon is often called “America’s native spirit,” and for good reason. But there’s another type of liquor that can claim the title of being America’s oldest native spirit. It’s one that many drinkers aren’t familiar with, even though it’s been bottled in New Jersey by descendants of a Revolutionary War fighter since the 18th century. […]

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Barcelona’s Best Gin Cocktails Are Stepping Out of the G&T’s Long Shadow

Barcelona’s Best Gin Cocktails Are Stepping Out of the G&T’s Long Shadow

While the holy trinity of sun, sand, and sangria reliably attracts millions to Barcelona every year, the city is also home to a budding craft distilling movement. The last few years have seen a rise in interest and ingenuity surrounding one spirit in particular: gin. These days, a new crop of serious and seriously fun […]

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Pop-Up Theme Bars Are Cashing In on the Nostalgia Economy

Pop-Up Theme Bars Are Cashing In on the Nostalgia Economy

Nostalgia is trending. And it’s everywhere. On Netflix and NBC, you can find the freshly reanimated corpses of canceled TV shows, ranging from the critically acclaimed (Will and Grace) to the … less so (Full House). On Instagram, #tbt-tagged photos clog feeds with images of cherished memories – or just that day last week when […]

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Yogurt Cocktails Are Light, Bright and Surprisingly Refreshing

Yogurt Cocktails Are Light, Bright and Surprisingly Refreshing

You’ve heard of the boozy breakfast, but what about breakfast-y booze? Possibly due to Bols Yogurt Liqueur’s launch in 2013, and the yogurt category’s general growth as a healthy food, the creamy ingredient is now appearing in inventive cocktails nationwide. Bartenders across the country are embracing yogurt’s sour, acidic, and silky notes, and using it […]

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Drink Like Santa At These 18 Xmas-Themed Bars Around The World [MAP]

Drink Like Santa At These 18 Xmas-Themed Bars Around The World [MAP]

Two years ago, partners Greg Boehm and Zachary Sharaga were getting ready to open their celebrated cocktail bar Mace in Manhattan, along with one of the five most legendary bartenders in New York, their head bartender, Nico de Soto. But Greg’s mom had an idea: Instead of rushing to get the bar open in December, why not open […]

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