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December 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Who needs a drink?
Surprise of surprises, I’m raising my hand. And I found a good excuse. Thursday is Repeal Day, marking 80 years of legal drinking. Cocktail geeks and dudes with ironic mustaches may not know much about history, but they all seem to know that Dec. 5, 1933 was when the US repealed the 18th Amendment, re-allowing the consumption of alcohol.
With the cocktail renaissance, many bars now celebrate Repeal Day by throwing parties and getting patrons to dress up in 1930s garb. Though Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler has been the driving force behind the Repeal Day celebration — which has caught on nationwide — in Seattle, dozens of bars will extend happy hour, offer discount drinks and concoct other specials to mark the occasion. Below are some events:
November 8, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I’m struck by how often I hear bartenders say their favorite cocktail menu is the one they put out in the fall. The palates here tend to favor big, bitter drinks and whiskey, they say. And this cold, damp weather is ideal for that flavor profile.
September 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM
If you are out and about on Capitol Hill this Thursday or Friday looking for a libation, head to Canon and ask Sean Michael Johnson– a.k.a. Seattle’s “Most Imaginative Bartender”– to make you a Julius Henry. He can use the practice.
It’s the cocktail that made him a finalist in “Bombay Sapphire’s Search for the Most Imaginative Bartender.” This Sunday he’s competing in the national contest at the U.S. Bartender’s Guild Summit in Las Vegas, where he will share the stage with 51 of the country’s top mixologists. The winner heads to the 3rd annual global finals.
His strategy for the timed competition in Vegas is to make the drink as much as possible beforehand, “so it becomes muscle memory,” that way he can concentrate on charming the judges. (more…)
August 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM
My barhopping excursions took me to a secret scotch society tasting, a marathon sampling of Singapore Slings off Bourbon Street and ended, as it does every week, at Zig Zag Café. As noted earlier with the revamped AYCE blog, I’ll use this forum to post tidbits and random thoughts about new bars, cocktails and other happenings in our drinking scene.
We’ll start with the acclaimed Zig Zag Café, which launched a new cocktail menu for the first time in 18 months. (more…)
July 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Scoring a seat at Canon just got harder.
The popular Capitol Hill bar’s latest bragging rights: “World’s Best Drink Selection.” Canon got that honor at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Dinner in New Orleans Saturday night, one of the highest honors in the industry. (more…)
May 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Some local watering holes may need to install metal detectors for those on the way out of the bar. Or at the very least relegate the new hire to copper-mug patrol duty. Or maybe train their doormen in the fine art of sniffing out copperware being spirited away, hidden in purses and trench coats.
Maybe a Moscow Mule user fee is in order.
I’m only half-joking because the theft of those lovely tankards is getting absurd. Seattle-area cocktail spots have lost as much as $1,000 worth of these vintage mugs. (more…)
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