Category Archives: Bars

Drinking Out: Gamle Ode Cocktails at Parlour

Last week I met Mike McCarron, owner of Gamle Ode Aquavit, for a couple of drinks at Parlour in Minneapolis. We met there partly because of the bar’s acclaim and partly because that fame involves some aquavit cocktails. Full disclosure: … Continue reading

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An Interview with Pip Hanson

When I started hearing about a bartender named Pip Hanson at Marvel Bar in Minneapolis, I was intrigued: He switched everything over to the metric system. He was experimenting with super-diluted and barely chilled cocktails. He came up with an … Continue reading

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The Infamous Bone Luge

It was one of those cocktail microtrends that seemed somehow dated and irritating within days after I first learned about it — even while it sounded kind of alluring. The bone luge phenomenon, in which you pour yourself a shot … Continue reading

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Budget Bourbon at Char No. 4

Char No. 4, the Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn bar and restaurant that specializes in whiskey and pork, is one of my favorite places to drink: the whiskey selection is stunning, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the bartender is knowledgeable. Char makes … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: The Smith & Street Cocktail at Clover Club

The Smith & Street cocktail, by bartender Katie Stipe, builds on the Oaxacan Old Fashioned combination of tequila and mezcal, adding a bitter citrus element. It’s served in an old fashioned glass with one large ice cylinder that keeps the … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Cocktails at Mihoko’s 21 Grams

Mihoko’s 21 Grams, a “Franco-Japonaise” restaurant in the Flatiron District on 21st Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, opened about two weeks ago. It’s owned by a Japanese ballerina and philanthropist, Mihoko Kiyokawa, who prefers to go by one name, … Continue reading

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Suntory Whisky’s Tako Matsuri at Summit Bar

Summit Bar on Avenue C in the East Village hosted Tako Matsuri — the Japanese Kite Festival — with Suntory Whisky on Sunday. The brand ambassadors, Gardner Dunn and Neyah White, were on hand to discuss Suntory’s great single malt … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Sycamore Bar & Flower Shop

In Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park neighborhood, a few streets south of the tree-lined blocks of Victorian houses, is its main drag, Cortelyou Road. To people who live here, Cortelyou Road’s continuing development is the double-edged sword of a decades-long gentrification process. … Continue reading

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Five Odd Beverages I’d Like to See More of in Bars

Some bars need a dose of weirdness in their menus. Something beyond the typical seasonal and classic cocktails, something to give customers new tasting experiences. This occurred to me as I read an article in New York Magazine about how … Continue reading

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David Wondrich: What Your Drink Order Says About You

Cocktail historian David Wondrich, author of recent books on punch and on the legendary bartender Jerry Thomas, had a nice little essay on Gourmet.com listing what various drink orders might say about you. Here’s a couple of my favorites: Location: … Continue reading

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