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Bridges & Bourbon (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bridges & Bourbon takes its name from an enduring Pittsburgh symbol and a signature spirits collection. In this downtown bar, proprietor Scott Shaffer and his partners have assembled 150 (and counting) Bourbon labels, which they show off in flights. Just as tempting, however, are the cocktails, wild combinations that...Read Full Story

Cry Baby (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Cry Baby’s wine list has quickly made the place a neighborhood favorite in the crowded food landscape of Philadelphia’s Queen Village. Paul Rodriguez, one of the restaurant’s principals, mixes Italian classics (Castell’in Villa Chianti and Roagna Dolcetto...Read Full Story

The Thief (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

On a retail strip crowded with tasting rooms for Walla Walla’s far-flung wineries, veteran Walla Walla sommelier Emily Riley has turned a spacious 1911 feed-and-stables building into The Thief, a wine shop specializing in international bottles. “It’s important for a wine town to see outside itself,” she explains,...Read Full Story

Copa (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At Copa, Roberto Copa Matos translates the aromas and textures from his Cuban childhood into plates of plátanos rellenos, chicharrones or ropa vieja on cassava flatbreads. His wife, mixologist Elizabeth Turnbull, has dug deep to find authentic recipes and Old Havana back...Read Full Story

La Cuchara (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Housed in a 19th-century mill, La Cuchara’s centerpiece is a massive bar. Sit there to take in the open kitchen and its wood-fueled oven, and to delve into Greg Schwab’s massive list of Basque wines and ciders. Start with a glass of bracing Txacoli, which...Read Full Story

Bank & Bourbon (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

American whiskey is the backbone of Bank & Bourbon, a new bistro in the old Philadelphia Savings Fund Society building in downtown Philadelphia. Bar manager Brian Bevilacqua has gathered some 60 selections, some of which he ages further in the small barrels that line his “whiskey bank.” Many also...Read Full Story

Estadio (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In a room of wrought iron, slabs of reclaimed wood and Spanish tiles, Chef Haidar Karoum and wine director Sebastian Zutant have transformed this corner of Logan Circle into Spain. Stop in for pintxos such as a fava bean and almond spread and a glass of Txacoli—or, better...Read Full Story

Dino's Grotto (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Dino showcases Italy in small bites-crostini, cicchetti, salumi and artisan cheeses. Bigger appetite? Dig into lusty lasagnette al rag, bracioli or a whole roast fish. But don't lift a fork without reading the wine list. Owner Dean Gold's passion for Italian wines is clear in his descriptions of each...Read Full Story

The Columbia Room (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Detour around the neighborhood crowd in The Passenger and slip through a side door into the candlelit Columbia Room. Created by mixologist Derek Brown (a W&S Best New Sommelier in 2007), the 16-seat room is part performance space, part lab for Brown's obsessive experiments with fine spirits and hand-shaved...Read Full Story

Bascule (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Bascule, nestled in the heart of Cape Town's lively waterfront, claims to have the largest collection of whiskies in the Southern Hemisphere, with 420 labels, including more than 300 from Scotland, about 40 from Ireland and 30-some from the US. Sailors tie up at the front-door marina and mingle with...Read Full Story

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