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October 17, 2012
A NEAT Night
Posted By Ariela Kozin
Leave it to owner Aidan Demarest to finish off NEAT 's first year of business with a bang. To celebrate the major feat, Demarest invited some of the industry's finest to enjoy a live band (The ...
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October 08, 2012
A Little Piece of Ireland
Posted By Ariela Kozin
Among the flock of bars that open and close every year in Los Angeles, Tom Bergin's Old Horseshoe and Thoroughbred Club has prospered for over 60 years. Despite a recent make-over that forced the bar ...
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July 31, 2012
Red Carpet Wine & Spirits
Posted By Jamie Solomon
At first, Red Carpet Wine looks like your average retail store. Stepping out of the brutal Glendale heat, I was welcomed by a refreshing blast of air. As I meandered the rows of wine and spirits that ...
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July 10, 2012
Captivating Caribbean Cocktails
Posted By Jamie Solomon
Bahama Breeze Island Grille is a casual dining restaurant that makes you feel as if you have escaped to the Caribbean...and what is a true vacation without a cold cocktail in your hand? Bahama Breeze ...
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March 27, 2012
Wednesdays Call for Whiskey
Posted By Megan Wieczorek
Whiskey has long been hailed as the quintessential man's drink, so imagine my surprise and delight when I arrived at the Next Door Lounge's "Whiskey Wednesdays" to find a table dominated by women. As ...
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February 27, 2012
The Naming Game, From Hop Whore To Nut Sack
Posted By Lisa P. Sutton
I'm a beer girl. I like an easy amber ale over lunch, a sharp IPA to sip while watching the Laker game. On a hastily-poured stout, I've been known to drink up the foamy head with a spoon. Though I ...
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January 30, 2012
And Then There Was Shandy
Posted By Lisa P. Sutton
Like most women, I wasn't born a beer fan. I came of age drinking whatever tasted least like alcohol: fruit-flavored wine coolers, mimosas, forgotten bottles of coffee liquors my parents received each ...
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March 23, 2011
View from a Bar: Te Tiare Beach Resort
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
Huahine, French Polynesia After having been evacuated from my over-the-water bungalow at 5 a.m. because of a tsunami warning, I found myself spending most of my remaining time on the islands of French ...
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March 07, 2011
View from a Bar: Café Fiore, Ventura, CA
Posted By The Armchair Oenphile
A few sips of Banfi grappa. PHOTO: ANTHONY HEAD She offered gelato, too. Such a fine pair they are. But only for lingering. And lo, I must go.
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February 25, 2011
View from a Bar: Harry Carry's Seventh Inning Stretch, Chicago
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
Hopping across the country, airport to airport, isn't the same kind of fun it used to be. If you can't travel light and efficient it's hardly worth making the effort to get to the airport. Plus, our ...
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December 02, 2010
View from a Bar: Marty's, Juluchuca, Mexico
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
Let us go then, you and I, to Marty's bar in Mexico. On the coast, just south of Zihuatanejo. We'll take highway 200 from the airport past the Hotel California (is there one in every town?) until we ...
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November 05, 2010
View from a Bar: Riley’s Tavern, Hunter, Texas
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
There is an immediate comfortable feeling inside Riley's, as if the place had been standing darn near forever and just about everybody in Texas had passed through its doors at one time or another. ...
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September 29, 2010
View from a Bar: Humperdink's, Arlington, Texas
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
If you only knew how fascinating Arlington is, you might never leave. Within two or three miles from Humperdink's "tallest" sports bar there is Rangers Ballpark, where the Texas Rangers play; Cowboys ...
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September 02, 2010
View from a Bar: Pony Club, Paso Robles, California
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
My recent half-week in wine country felt similar to that dreamlike area between the states of sleeping and waking—only in this case the states were delirious and exhausting. Delirious because to visit ...
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June 18, 2010
Mystery Solved in San Marcos
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
I've been wondering about this place called Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill just off I-35, in San Marcos, Texas. Would they really be wearing bikinis inside? I've been wondering. Really? You know, ...
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June 07, 2010
Decoding the Shaker Face.
Posted By New York Barfly
What does your shaker face say about you? That’s the question that one cheeky website asks. Shaker Faces ( www.shakerfaces.com ) thinks that you can learn a lot about your bartender from the face that ...
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May 31, 2010
The Quiet Turtle in Dallas
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
The place is empty, except for the bartender and myself. Probably just as well. The Bar at The Mansion on Turtle Creek is austere. It's refined. It's like a law school library. That's not to say it's ...
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May 11, 2010
A Bar Bottles their Mixers for Retail
Posted By New York Barfly
Most high-end New York cocktail bars make their ingredients in house, but only one is getting ready to bottle their mixtures and sell them retail. The West Village’s Employees Only restaurant is set ...
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May 04, 2010
Enjoying the Blues in Austin
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
The temperatures have hit the low-90s in Central Texas, which means we'll probably have 100+ degrees soon enough. Last summer, we passed the century mark every day for something like three months in a ...
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April 14, 2010
A real L.A. Bar
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
It is not a club. It is not a lounge or a tavern. It's neither saloon nor nightclub. It's Frank 'n Hank, and it's a bar. Which is why, even though I had only 48 hours to spend in L.A., I made it a ...
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March 31, 2010
At SXSW, a pioneer is remembered
Posted By The Armchair Oenophile
It was, sadly, not the news I expected to hear at my first of many South By Southwest events in Austin last week: the news of Fess Parker's passing. For a number of us in the wine industry, Fess was a ...
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March 22, 2010
The Magic of Agave Nectar
Posted By New York Barfly
In the span of a few months, a new ingredient has found its place behind many of New York’s top notch bars. Agave Nectar, made from the heart of the tequila producing plant, is replacing simple syrup ...
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March 15, 2010
NX35, Denton, Texas
Posted By The Armchair Enophile
While Austin boasts what the country recognizes as the premiere music conferences, South By Southwest (SXSW), Denton has one of its own: North By 35 (NX35). Named after the interstate that links the ...
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March 08, 2010
A Hotel Bar Without a Bar
Posted By New York Barfly
New bars are always seeking to stand out from the crowd, especially in towns like New York where there are 3 drinking establishments on every block (not counting the liquor stores, with those there ...
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February 08, 2010
Shochu, The Next Big Thing?
Posted By New York Barfly
New York drinkers have seen a trend of single spirit bars dominating the cocktail scene. The city’s drinking public has moved on from wine and beer bars, they now head to Tequila or Rum focused spots. ...
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January 25, 2010
Angostura Bitters Shortage Affects Cocktail Boom
Posted By New York Barfly
Cocktail makers might have to ration the dashes of bitters in their recipes due to a looming shortage of the popular Angostura brand. Word has it that distributors and sales reps are running low on ...
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December 14, 2009
A New Way to Keep Your Wine List Fresh
Posted By New York Barfly
How does Bar Henry, a recently opened restaurant in New York’s West Village, manage to rotate their wine list so frequently? Bar Henry in New York's West Village They have around 100 bottles available ...
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