Bar Talk

Bar Talk: Food is His Co-Pilot

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Last year, acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr’s ever-expanding Philadelphia empire made way for Serpico, the South Street restaurant helmed by James Beard Award-winning—and David Chang of Momofuku fame’s former right hand man—chef Peter Serpico. The food is not the only incentive to settle into a booth, however. The cocktail list, overseen by general manager and beverage ... read more>

Bar Talk: Liquid Comfort Zone

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Amid New York’s flurry of ever-changing restaurants vying for attention, there are unassuming neighborhood standouts that remain as fresh and vibrant as when they first landed on the scene. Dark, sophisticated Sorella, located where Chinatown skims the Lower East Side, is one example. Emma Hearst and Sarah Krathen—authors of the recently released Sorella: Recipes, Cocktails ... read more>

Bar Talk: Just Fancy Enough

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Extra Fancy, the elevated seafood shack, churns out tempting, playfully named ... read more>

Bar Talk: Pearls of Cocktail Wisdom From Oyster Experts

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Rappahannock Oyster Company, the 100-year-old family business intent on elevating the Chesapeake oyster, also has three restaurants in their portfolio—Rappahannock Oyster Bar inside Union Market in Washington, DC; Merroir tasting room in Topping, Virginia; and Rappahannock in Richmond, a farm-to-table restaurant where drinks are as coveted as bivalves thanks to head bartenders Derek Rowe and ... read more>

Bar Talk: Gin King

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

The wine list Pedro Goncalves presides over at New York restaurant Oceana is vast—950 selections encompassing 130 regions—yet the self-taught sommelier and wine director also has a soft spot for spirits. In particular, he’s besotted with gin, which spawned Oceana’s ambitious “Just Gin” program, in partnership with Simon Ford of The 86 Co. THE BEVERAGE ... read more>

Bar Talk: The Hospitable Host

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Myriad casino bars in Las Vegas certainly don’t want for crowds. But locals and clued-in tourists head off the Strip to Herbs & Rye for flatbreads and Moscow Mules in equal measure. At this kitchen and bar, a nod to the glamorous Sin City of yore, owner and bartender Nectaly Mendoza gushes about the classics—both ... read more>

Bar Talk: A Fresh Face

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Jeremy Hawn brings cocktails to wine-centric Gotham Bar & ... read more>

Bar Talk: The Second Coming

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Ted Kilgore is arguably one of the Midwest’s most influential mixologists. So, when the longtime bartender at Taste by Niche, in St. Louis, announced he was leaving to open a new bar, all eyes were on his replacement: Kyle Mathis, a finalist in the 2013 Beefeater 24 USBG National Cocktail Competition. Mathis has an enviable ... read more>

Bar Talk: A Corner Bar Gets Crafty

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Among the bright spots of Douglas Tirola’s documentary Hey Bartender is getting to know one of its protagonists, Steve Carpentieri, the longtime owner of inviting, low-key Westport, CT, restaurant and bar Dunville’s. After a fateful first trip to Tales of the Cocktail in 2011, “Carpi,” as he’s affectionately known, decided to add craft cocktails to ... read more>

Bar Talk: The Spirits Handler

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Alan Walter, Creative Director, Loa, New ... read more>
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