July 27, 2010


Event News
Audrey Saunders

Tales of the Cocktail Heats Up New Orleans 
by Emily Hanna Mayock
Last week, Tales of the Cocktail took place in NOLA, bringing together some of the top minds in mixology. The event featured spirit tastings, cocktail competitions and educational seminars -- not to mention some outstanding parties.

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What's Shakin'

Cocktail Competitions and Scholarships 
by Jack Robertiello
New Orleans bartenders Jill Odom and David Bridgewater receive the Flo Woodward Memorial Bartending Scholarship, Gran Gala launches a signature cocktail contest, W Boston names "Libation Elimination" winners and Table20 opens bartender contest.

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Bar News

Latin-Inspired Bars and a Ski Lodge in the Summer 
by Jack Robertiello
Nuela, a South American restaurant and ceviche bar, and Aspen Social Club, a modern ski lodge-inspired bar, both opened in New York City, while Estadio opened in D.C. and Vessel in Seattle celebrated Bastille Day.

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Cocktail Life
Manhattan Cocktail Classic

Events, Ambassadors and Cocktail Cans 
by Jack Robertiello
Dates for the next Manhattan Cocktail Classic have been set for May 13-17, the 2010 SF Starchefs opening reception will feature top mixology minds, Erick Castro is now brand ambassador for Plymouth and Beefeater gins and Brother Jimmy's BBQ restaurants in NYC feature Trashcan Punch.

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Global Sips

Diageo's World Class Bartender and Geranium Gin Competition 
by Jack Robertiello
Diageo's World Class bartender finals in Athens, Greece, are finished, and the winner has been crowned: Erik Lorincz of London's Connaught Bar, and Geranium Gin targets Denmark with a national Gin Cocktail Competition.

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Bar News

Playboy Picks Its Top Bars 
by Jack Robertiello
Playboy has come up with its list of America's Best Bars, an odd mix of old school show places and the purposely obscure. Check out the list here, including the Continental Club in Austin, Mac's Club Deuce in Miami Beach and the Map Room in Chicago.

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Parting Shot
Bobby Heugel

The Importance of a Well-Made Menu 
by Jack Robertiello
No one talks very much about the art of menu writing for the bar, and they should, I think. Two of my favorite thoughtful bartenders have recently released new menus worth examining.

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