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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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The Taste Trends Powering Natural Wine’s Perfect Storm

The Taste Trends Powering Natural Wine’s Perfect Storm

Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber’s table was swamped with admirers. The couple behind Vermont-based La Garagista Farm and Winery were among some 150 natural winemakers showing off their latest releases at the 2017 RAW WINE Fair in Brooklyn last month. Staff poured tastes of La Garagista’s Ci Confonde Petillent Natural White 2016.

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Why Do We Call Drinks ‘Shots’?

Why Do We Call Drinks ‘Shots’?

Ask a bartender to give you a shot and he or she will not present you with a bullet or new opportunity. It’s clear that you want a pour of liquor served neat in a small glass — that’s what ”shot” has always meant, right? Not really. As with many drinking terms, the origin of ”shot” […]

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Drinkstagrammers Are Transforming Cocktail Culture Without Stepping Behind the Bar

Drinkstagrammers Are Transforming Cocktail Culture Without Stepping Behind the Bar

Instagram has changed the way people interact. It’s made stars out of everyday people, propped up an entire influencer market, and can even be used to detect when someone became clinically depressed. Now it’s changing the way people think about cocktails. A host of influencers in the alcohol space have launched Instagram feeds devoted solely […]

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Brush Your Teeth With a Bottle of Jack: Breaking Down Drinking in Top 40 Lyrics

Brush Your Teeth With a Bottle of Jack: Breaking Down Drinking in Top 40 Lyrics

It’s no secret that alcohol is a big part of popular music. Whether the songs are about drinking, partying, or just getting ready in the morning with a bottle of Jack Daniels, Top 40 songs often mention the artist’s favorite brand or type of alcohol. But just how much is it mentioned, and exactly what […]

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The 10 Best Irish Drinking Songs

The 10 Best Irish Drinking Songs

Few drinking cultures are as storied as Irish drinking culture. Whether you’re talking Guinness, a dram of Irish whiskey, or pub life in general, everyone loves to drink like the Irish drink. If you really want to get in the mood, though, you need traditional Irish drinking music. Well, lads, if you don’t have an […]

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The 5 Best Museum Bars in the United States

The 5 Best Museum Bars in the United States

Museums are filled with culture, but oftentimes, they’re lacking one important part of American culture that a substantial portion of the population partakes in: drinking culture. No matter how many famous paintings, sculptures, or historical artifacts, the human story simply can’t be told without talking about alcohol. Enter the museum bar. Museum bars, when you find […]

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