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Speed Rack (News & Features)

If you’re heading to Chicago to take in the James Beard Awards or Chicago Style, a cocktail conference, leave time for the Speed Rack National Finals. Launched in 2011 by bartenders Lynette Marrero and Ivy Mix, the event pitches female...Read Full Story

Madre Mezcaleria (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This small space, with its Talavera tiles and extensive mezcal selection, looks like it’s been airlifted into Brooklyn direct from Oaxaca. There’s no printed menu, just a list of bottles scrawled on the mirror behind the bar, but the bartenders are happy to offer guidance, and they...Read Full Story

Bar Goto (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Kenta Goto, a Pegu Club alumnus, sets the bar high for Japanese cocktails at Bar Goto. The drinks—classics reinvented with sakes, shochus and teas—are graceful and elegant, like the Sakura Martini, which swaps...Read Full Story

Maison Premiere (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Absinthe reigns in this Belle Epoque–style bar. Twenty-five brands are available, in a classic drip or mixed into a cocktail. Order a dozen oysters from the 30-some varieties offered daily or dive into La Grande Plateau, with crab, scallops and lobster, and don’t skimp on the bread...Read Full Story

Behind Bars (News & Features)

“People equate alcohol with disinhibition and permission,” says Lauren Taylor, director of Safe Bars, a nightlife advocacy group based out of Washington, DC.{image_1}While #metoo has effectively targeted a number of famous chefs, shedding light on predatory practices in a “kitchen culture” that thrives on machismo, bartenders have...Read Full Story

Downstairs at the Esquire (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The Esquire Tavern opened in 1933, to celebrate the end of Prohibition. After 85 years, the space, with its long, burnished wood bar and pressed-tin ceiling, is still as charming as ever, but it’s Downstairs, a new offshoot situated on San Antonio’s Riverwalk, that makes...Read Full Story

It’s All in the Details (Book Review)

It’s not often that a book comes around in the cocktail world that can claim a space next to those of cocktail legends like Jerry Thomas and Jeff “Beachbum” Berry but Meehan’s Bartender Manual earns its spot. An acclaimed bartender, Jim Meehan cut his teeth...Read Full Story

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