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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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Nicole Battle Is Just Not That Into Manhattans

Nicole Battle Is Just Not That Into Manhattans

Pittsburgh bartender Nicole Battle didn’t set out to work in restaurants. But “somewhere along the way, it became clear to me that doing this was making me happy,” she told The Incline last spring. Now president of the United States Bartenders’ Guild Pittsburgh chapter, Battle mentors up-and-coming service pros and manages Pittsburgh’s stellar DiAnoia’s Eatery, […]

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Ivy Mix Loves Rhum Agricole, Doesn’t Want You to Drink Bathwater

Ivy Mix Loves Rhum Agricole, Doesn’t Want You to Drink Bathwater

In the midst of New York’s seemingly endless gray winter, an evening at Brooklyn’s Leyenda is an excellent option for those who can’t escape to warmer climates. Drinks are finished with fresh flowers and small bouquets of mint, and the bar has an extensive selection of Latin American spirits like tequila and mezcal. Ivy Mix, […]

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Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

A strip mall in Parker, Colorado — a quiet suburb of Denver — is about the last place you’d expect to find award-winning wines made with centuries-old technique. But that’s just what’s going on at Purgatory Cellars. Purgatory’s Marko and Ivanka Copic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in 2013, settling in Parker to be […]

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Hinoki & the Bird’s Gregory Westcott Went to Chili’s on His 21st Birthday

Hinoki & the Bird’s Gregory Westcott Went to Chili’s on His 21st Birthday

Famous, good-looking, and famously good-looking folks fill the sunlit dining room and patio of Hinoki & the Bird, a breezily chic bar and restaurant in Los Angeles’s Century City. Chef Brandon Kida’s Asian-inspired, globetrotting menu is (rightfully) equally renowned, with Santa Barbara spot prawns and a legacy lobster roll with Thai green curry at mealtimes, and […]

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This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

This Artisanal Cocktail Apothecary Is Foraging Your Bitters (and Living Your Buzzwords)

Anyone who’s been to a bar in the last 10 years knows that the craft cocktail movement has bequeathed an obsession with all things artisanal. Bitters, shrubs, and infused syrups have gone from unusual additions to must-have ingredients with cult followings. At the forefront is Dram Apothecary, a Colorado company that produces craft bitters, syrups, […]

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Ashtin Berry Loves Dive Bars, Would Bring Champagne to a Desert Island

Ashtin Berry Loves Dive Bars, Would Bring Champagne to a Desert Island

Those who claim that NYC’s music scene is dead haven’t yet scored a seat at Tokyo Record Bar. A riff on a type of Japanese bar, at which owners painstakingly curate evening soundtracks, this Greenwich Village spot invites patrons to request one song each to hear during their meals. The considerable vinyl collection spans The […]

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Sixpoint’s Eric Bachli Feels Guilty About How Much Fun He Has With NEIPAs

Sixpoint’s Eric Bachli Feels Guilty About How Much Fun He Has With NEIPAs

The cult of big, hazy IPAs is fervent. Deemed “the most sought-after, highly rated, incessantly talked about tap offering today” by CraftBeer’s Andy Sparhawk, the style diversifies and reinvigorates the booming IPA category. Alternatively called New England IPAs (NEIPAs), Northeastern IPAs, unfiltered IPAs, hazy IPAs, or just “totally crushable,” these beers are immensely popular — […]

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