The time has come again to celebrate your imbibing ancestors who fought for your right to party. We're talking about Repeal Day, of course, which is tomorrow, December 5 -- and this year is extra special, because it's the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition. Here are five spots where you can ... More >>
A few new wine and cocktail books have hit the market, just in time for holiday gift giving--or, you know, serving as the gift you buy yourself when shopping for others. But unless you're a sommelier student or burgeoning professional in the biz, you'll find that these seemingly spirited topics ofte ... More >>
Free mixology classes with people like Franky Marshall from The Dead Rabbit, Jane Elkins of Grace, Dale DeGroff of King Cocktail, and the mixology godfather Jim Meehan from PDT? We know, it sounds too good to be true. But thanks to Whiskey & Wine Off 69 (1321 Second Avenue, 212-585-0005), this aweso ... More >>
Sticking around the city this weekend? Join other folks who decided to opt out of pumpkin picking and check out one of this weekend's brunch offers. Whether you're into cheap deals, great views, or endless drinks, carve out your own favorite brunch place from a selection of this weekend's top haunts ... More >>
When the Museum of Sex (233 Fifth Avenue, 212-689-6337) began toying with the idea of implementing some sort of food and beverage program, Emilie Baltz, the museum's brand director, spent a lot of time thinking about exactly what that would look like--and then a couple of years experimenting with so ... More >>
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Tomorrow is National Rum Day, a holiday at least as important as Arbor Day, and we are here to help you celebrate. But first, a quick history lesson.
One big draw at Bijan's brunch in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill is its list of medicinal cocktails, many of which are infused with healthful components to counteract the booze. Each of them pairs well with a menu of Persian-inspired fare that breaks the typical brunch-time mold. And best of all? One of tho ... More >>
While you could probably fry an egg on the sidewalk thanks to the weather this week, it's much more pleasant to grab a cold drink. And we have a fresh batch of places that offer discounted versions of just that.
Gregory Fellows began working with chef Anita Lo at her Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa seven years ago, and he fell so in love with the experience that he gave up his plans to follow a career in political science to stay on board. He never looked back. He's been serving at the spot ever since, ... More >>
With substantial space carved out for drinkers, newly opened ABC Cocina's bar is likely to get as much play as its dining room, and sure enough, when we stopped by last week for an early taste, the cavernous area was packed to capacity with imbibers sipping fresh, bright cocktails and pitchers of sa ... More >>
Eamon Rockey is a patient man. As co-owner and general manager of Aska, Williamsburg's new multi-course Scandinavian restaurant, he also helms the laborious cocktail program -- Rockey often spends months refining house-made tinctures and mixes before serving a finished drink to diners. But he also k ... More >>
Located near Union Square, Tortaria is a Mexican eatery and bar that serves up one of the best margaritas in the city. Responsible for this amazing concoction is head bartender Diego Mejia, who is originally from Mexico and has been behind bars since he was teenager. We caught up with Mejia during l ... More >>
After trying Bittermens gentian liqueur in The Shanty's Sauvetage cocktail, we decided to check out Bittermens Spirits, a Brooklyn-based company that specializes in bitter and herbal liqueurs. We found that its products have been embraced by some of the city's top bars like PDT, Amor y Amargo, and D ... More >>
To create the sophisticated drink menu at the new Bourgeois Pig in Carroll Gardens, Frank Cisneros has been delving into the often mysterious world of European liquor. He told us about his adventures tracking down some of the forgotten spirits and liqueurs from the Continent and mixing them back int ... More >>
The Wayland, a new cocktail lounge and small-plates eatery, will open this Friday at 700 East 9th Street (212-777-7022). Run by mixology consultant Jason Mendenhall and chef Robert Ceraso, the spot will also offer patrons live rock and bluegrass, and there will be a weekday happy-hour special from 5 ... More >>
Lauren ShockeyOnce upon a time, the martini was simply a gin and vermouth cocktail. Then came such bastardizations as the green apple martini and the coffee martini. You'd think that would have been the apogee of alcoholic disasters, but then came along the grilled cheese martini.
Brian Floyd, barman fundraiserThere's a lot of talk about tipping these days: how much is appropriate, when it should be withheld, how it should be divvied up. But a bartender in Brooklyn is throwing a kink into the conversation by giving his tips to charity. Brian Floyd of The Vanderbilt cre ... More >>
Naren Young ramps it up.After months -- or was it years? -- The Dutch has finally arrived. Foodies are duly losing their minds, but drinkies (you know who you are) are also flocking to the place. Head barman Naren Young enlightens us about what they're so excited about, including that barrel- ... More >>
Ever order a gin and tonic, only to watch the bartender take his sweet time? Don't you just want to fry the bastard with a laser? Good news! You can make a laser out of the very gin and tonic he is taking forever to mix. Popular Mechanics has the process of how to turn happy hour into laser h ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. La Taqueria in Park Slope has closed completely after downsizing from sit-down restaurant to takeout joint in October. [Eater] East Village vegan café the Little Bird appears to be closed and ... More >>
Sam HorineHavana ClubCarteles, the sunny sandwich shop in Ravi DeRossi's 6th Street Cuban complex, has been shuttered recently. It turns out that the small space will be used for special events, including four-course omakase-style dinners and cocktail classes.
One of the country's top cocktail writers, Jason Wilson, rounded up the most significant drinking trends of 2010: pisco, mezcal, tequila as the new vodka, and beer cocktails. Also, white whiskey, Benedictine, American microdistilleries, and Italian aperitivi. [Washington Post] And the top w ... More >>
Utter Bedlam on Avenue C. Avenue C is getting a new cocktail bar this fall. Bedlam Bar and Lounge is opening in the space previously occupied by 40C and before that by Batista.
zavracky.comJake ZavrackyJake Zavracky is living the dream: tending bar by day and making music by night. Or is it the other way around? In any case, when he's behind the bar at Lowlands, the beer garden that opened in Gowanus earlier this year, he aims to please. What's on tap that's season ... More >>
Left: A gin martini with a vermouth-soaked stone; Right: A melon-flavored vodka cocktail with prosciutto rimIl Matto, a nominally Italian restaurant from chef/owner Matteo Boglione, recently opened on Church Street in Tribeca. True to its name, which means "mad man," everything about the rest ... More >>
Daniel KriegerLouis Smeby: a bitter guy.Louis Smeby had always been a bit of a DIY guy. When he started experimenting with making his own bitters, the results quickly proved good enough to sell. His A.B. Smeby Bittering Company specializes in handcrafted, small-batch bitters sourced from loca ... More >>
Frank CisnerosPrime Meats just earned itself a pretty enviable review. But the kitchen staff aren't the only ones psyched about it. Benefits are being reaped behind the bar, too, according to bartender Frank Cisneros. After all, he says, a restaurant is a team effort. Tell me about pairing f ... More >>
Bourbon-glazed wingsOther than the wagon wheel hanging from the ceiling, a cow skull grinning from one wall, and a few other thematic touches, it's hard to see what's so country, or cowboy, or honky tonk about Branded Saloon, the new bar and snack spot on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights.
Michael Neff will make you a Wonder Woman cocktail.Ward III opened in Tribeca nearly one year ago. In fact, it's preparing to celebrate its first anniversary at the end of June. The three owners, Michael J. Neff, Kenneth McCoy, and Abdul Tabini, can almost always be found at the bar in some c ... More >>
drinkingtheworld.comLet Brandy Library's Ethan Kelley school you.Thousands of brown liquor-loving booze hounds will congregate at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers today for Whisky Live, a trade show featuring dozens of exhibitors and a heckuva lot of stiff drinks. Brandy Library is celebrating the ev ... More >>
Selena Ricks Just northwest of Central Park, behind an unmarked storefront with purple velvet curtains, sits one of the most surprising success stories from an otherwise rocky year for New York's hospitality industry. 67 Orange Street, located at 2082 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, celebrate ... More >>
The long-awaited Stumptown has finally opened in the Ace Hotel. It's the only New York outpost of the Portland coffee chain, although you can get Stumptown coffee at a number of restaurants and cafes, including Cafe Pedlar (both in Brooklyn and now in the LES). [Eater] Cantina Latina is opening in ... More >>
Outside Mayahuel--named for the Aztec goddess of agave--on a Friday night We stopped by Mayahuel, Phil Ward's new tequila-and-mezcal-focused cocktail bar on Friday night. It was only about 8pm, and not too busy, so we were able to snag a table upstairs. Downstairs, the low-ceilinged space is very ... More >>
Dedicated boozers handle the recession by being (slightly) more selective
$30 worth of booze: Make it stopWhen will the $15 drink die? Last night we stopped by to (belatedly) check out Apotheke (9 Doyers Street), the apothecary-themed cocktail bar/faux opium den-speakeasy. It opened in September but seems like a relic from that moment about three years ago wh ... More >>
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