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The Best Bottles of Wine (and Booze) for Every Holiday Party, at Every Budget

The Best Bottles of Wine (and Booze) for Every Holiday Party, at Every Budget

The holidays are expensive, especially for those both popular and polite enough to never attend a party empty-handed. Fortunately, being a (conscientious) social butterfly doesn’t have to be prohibitively pricey. The perfect host or hostess gift might be an offbeat sparkler, affordable Napa Valley crowd-pleaser, or well-chosen spirit (bonus points for bringing the mixer, too).

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Six Essential Tips for Buying Cheese for a Party Like a Pro

Six Essential Tips for Buying Cheese for a Party Like a Pro

So, you’re the lucky devil who gets to bring cheese to the party. Congratulations! You officially have the most fun assignment. Anyone else bringing food, whether it’s a store-bought baguette or their great aunt Helen’s famous homemade brownies, will be immediately overshadowed by a good cheese board. Mouths will water, conversations will stop, and, all […]

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How to Pick the Perfect Bottle of Wine for Every Holiday Party [Infographic]

How to Pick the Perfect Bottle of Wine for Every Holiday Party [Infographic]

We’re in the thick of holiday party season, which probably has you on a first-name basis with your local wine shop salesperson. Different parties require different bottles, depending on whether you’re trying to impress the boss, surviving a night with the in-laws, or being dragged along as a last-minute plus-one. Whatever the party situation, we’ve […]

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Your Holiday Party Survival Guide [Infographic]

Your Holiday Party Survival Guide [Infographic]

What you serve at a party matters. The right drinks, like a good soundtrack and carefully curated guest list, set the mood for the entire evening. Whether you’re hosting dear friends, beloved relatives, or your least interesting colleagues, VinePair’s holiday party infographic has you covered. Drink up, party down, and prepare to host more people […]

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Have Costume, Will Travel: 5 Cities With the Best Halloween Parties

Have Costume, Will Travel: 5 Cities With the Best Halloween Parties

With more adults than ever celebrating Halloween on their own boozy terms, finding the right party is crucial. Almost every large city puts on a celebration, but a handful of American destinations really go all out by closing major thoroughfares, hosting live music and performances, and throwing massive public parties. From East Coast to West, […]

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A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

It was 4:00 a.m. the Sunday night before the Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ holiday. A crowd of about 600 was cavorting to techno/house music from legendary DJ Jonathan Peters at Analog, a no-frills Brooklyn club with a great sound system. For 15 years, Jonathan Peters deejayed on average four gigs a week and had a seven-year residency […]

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That Time We Blew Up a Nuclear Bomb as a Party Trick

That Time We Blew Up a Nuclear Bomb as a Party Trick

There are few excuses to drink like mutually assured destruction. That excuse was firmly seized by Hawaiians in the the heat of the Cold War on a summer night in July of 1962. That fateful night, a hydrogen bomb, code-named “Starfish Prime,” was shot above the Earth’s atmosphere and detonated, causing a nuclear light show of […]

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