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There’s a Secret Pub in the Tower of London, and Only 37 People Are on the Guest List

There’s a Secret Pub in the Tower of London, and Only 37 People Are on the Guest List

London’s toughest door admits fewer than 40 people a night. The bar itself is hiding in plain sight in one of the city’s most thronged tourist hubs. Welcome to the Yeoman Warders Club, also known as The Keys. The members-only establishment is situated in the Tower of London, the historic fortress and No. 1 paid tourist attraction […]

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The Head Bartender at NYC’s New Rooftop Just Needs a Margarita Sometimes

The Head Bartender at NYC’s New Rooftop Just Needs a Margarita Sometimes

Amir Babayoff, the cocktail innovator last seen at NYC’s Barley & Grain whiskey bar, was recently tasked with creating the drinks menu for Ophelia, a swish new Manhattan rooftop lounge atop the Beekman Tower. This wouldn’t be just any menu. It had to complement its location in the Beekman Tower, an Art Deco landmark with […]

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This Boulder Bar Is Serving Vodka Cocktails Infused With Baby’s Laughter. (No, Really.)

This Boulder Bar Is Serving Vodka Cocktails Infused With Baby’s Laughter. (No, Really.)

Shine Restaurant & Potion Bar couldn’t exist anywhere other than Boulder, Colorado. Kooky to its core, it’s no coincidence that this Colorado mountain town was the setting of ”Mork & Mindy,” a 1970s sitcom starring Robin Williams as a suspenders-wearing extra-terrestrial. There’s an otherworldly vibe to the place.

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America’s Next Big Whiskey Scene Is Big, Bold, and Deep in the Heart of Texas

America’s Next Big Whiskey Scene Is Big, Bold, and Deep in the Heart of Texas

When it comes to whiskey, the first place that comes to mind is Kentucky. The Bluegrass State has been producing some of the tastiest whiskeys for centuries — in addition to other American whiskey powerhouses like Tennessee, and even Virginia. Now there’s a new breed of distillers emerging in an unexpected place. Garrison Brothers. Whitmeyer’s. […]

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Why You Should Always Tap the Table Before Taking a Shot

Why You Should Always Tap the Table Before Taking a Shot

Tapping the table with your glass before taking a shot is like drunkenly arguing about politics — you can participate even if you don’t really understand what’s going on. Unlike booze-fueled debates, however, touching the bar with a shot glass unites all involved. Here’s how it works. You heroically purchase a round of shots for […]

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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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The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

The Global Gin Boom Washes Ashore in Ireland

Irish whiskey has been on a tear over the past few years, with sales value increasing by 22 percent in the U.S. and 18.5 percent in all markets over the first half of 2017. But gin is the fastest-growing spirits category in Ireland. There are now 30 Irish brands available, and global exports tripled in […]

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How Do You Make a Booze Brand Go Viral? The Master of Craft Explains

How Do You Make a Booze Brand Go Viral? The Master of Craft Explains

Steven Grasse has mastered the art of navigating the boundaries of the booze world. The FDA’s list of acceptable additives “tells you every single ingredient you’re allowed to use in a spirit,” Grasse says. “If it’s not on the list, you can’t use it. Unless… you can make a historical precedent for why you need […]

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