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The Hard Stuff: Cocktail balance

For bartenders, a cocktail's balance is everything.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 08, 2013

The cost of cocktails

After a brief, giddy period of inflation during the Great Cocktail Expansion, we seem to have settled on an unspoken baseline price structure.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 11, 2013

Dram On: The imported St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

While we take them for granted now, if you remember a bit of your history lessons, you know spices were a very hot commodity throughout much of the last millennium.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 14, 2012

A Heat-Seeking Mission

Living in New England, no stranger to the biting cold, you would think that heated alcoholic drinks would be an easy sell, but that's not always the case.
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 23, 2012

Anatomy of an Old Fashioned

When we asked the Hawthorne's Jackson Cannon to make Old Fashioneds with us, he didn't even blink. "I was born for this," he replied simply.

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  November 16, 2012

Smoke Me Out

There comes a time in every drinking career when the nuances of a well-made cocktail — the subtle botanical notes, for instance — just don't cut it anymore. You need a more intense experience.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 19, 2012


Cocktail Central: A bar crawl through Cambridge's boozy epicenter

While the past year has seen a wealth of new craft-cocktail spots, from the elegant Hawthorne in Kenmore to Union Square's backroom-y Backbar, there still aren't enough for our taste.

By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 05, 2012

Booze Your Own Adventure!

On October 4–6, the first-ever Boston Cocktail Summit will slake the city’s thirst for knowledge with more than 75 seminars, tastings, and parties at hotels and watering holes around town. We’ve assembled an interactive guide that hits some highlights. R

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  September 28, 2012

Review: LFK

One of the clever decisions made by the proprietors of LFK, a new bar and eatery on Longfellow Square, was forgoing a literary name.
Drinking and dining at portland’s newest hot spot
By BRIAN DUFF  |  August 03, 2012

Farm-fresh Booze

Yes, it's a scorcher — a season when the mere act of stepping into a Green Line station causes instantaneous lakes of perspiration to bloom under your armpits.
Luscious summer produce becomes lushes' delight in the hands of local mixologists
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 20, 2012

A beginner’s guide to the city’s best heat-beating drinks

There are only two things that make us feel better when our legs stick to the seats on the T, or when a five-minute walk down the street leaves us drenched with sweat in the most embarrassing places.
Summer cocktails
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  June 08, 2012


Photos: Iron Chef Cocktail Competition at The Hawthorne

The Iron Chef Cocktail Competition at The Hawthorne, Monday, March 19, 2012.
 Cocktails and competition at The Hawthorne
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 23, 2012

You call this a craft cocktail menu?

 I apologize in advance for plying you with yet ANOTHER "Shit [insert niche here] Say" video, but the interwebs have kicked out a variation that...
By Cassandra Landry  |  January 18, 2012

Review: Storyville

There must be some readers out there who remember the original Boston Storyville, a jazz nightclub.
Jazzing it up with old-school cocktails
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: Think Tank Bistrotheque

The owners have some very good ideas about food and drink — Southeast Asian treats are cool, and craft cocktails go better with them than wine does — but they have also produced some decisions that make the rest of us scratch our heads.
Southeast Asian treats among some head-scratchers
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 19, 2011
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Review: Posto

Some places, no matter how good, manage to fly under the radar. And the recent trend of restaurateurs opening a pizza place, establishing a reputation as a lower-priced, "On the Cheap" joint, and then upscaling into a full-tilt sit-down spot (see: Nebo),
Top-notch Italian that's under the radar no more
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 05, 2011

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Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro

Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.
A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 01, 2011

RISD's 'Cocktail Culture' offers an intoxicating history of 20th-century fashion

Across the country, on January 16, 1920, citizens drank up at liquor "wakes" before the 18th Amendment, ratified a year before, went into effect at midnight, banning the manufacture, sale, and transportation of "intoxicating liquors."
The high life
By GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2011

Review: 28 Degrees

This handsome lounge/restaurant has been living more on its drinks than its food, but that turns out to be wrong.
More than just good, cold drinks
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 18, 2011

Review: Cook & Brown Public House

When a restaurant moves into a location that has seen several eatery incarnations, it must work doubly hard to establish its reputation, both around the state and in the neighborhood. Cook & Brown Public House seems to be accomplishing both with aplo
A special culinary experience on Hope Street
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 01, 2010

Drinking stories

Twenty-five thousand members of the Lutheran Youth Congress are leaving New Orleans. Replacing them are another kind of faithful, equally dedicated in their way to their calling: 15,000 eager bartenders.
How Boston's best barkeeps survived five days of around-the-clock cocktails
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  August 13, 2010

Letter from the Editor: Liquid Issue 2010

Letter from the Editor: Liquid Issue 2010

The master mixologists in this town truly never cease to amaze me. The other night, I attended Cocktail Wars at Woodward. It’s sort of like...
By Erica Corsano  |  July 12, 2010

Stoddard's Fine Food and Ale

Some of the great ones do it by instinct, but William Ashmore, owner of Stoddard's (and Ivy across the street) appears to be someone given to second thoughts, maybe nots, and serial inspirations.
Boston's gastropub world has a new champ
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 02, 2010

Review: Temple Downtown

Temple Downtown certainly has gone through changes.
From graffiti to Gorgonzola
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 04, 2010

Russell House Tavern

For a place with major, major foot traffic, Harvard Square has proven to be a tricky spot for restaurateurs.
Tastes good, looks great — no gimmicks necessary
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 14, 2010

Old haunts

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Blithe Spirit , that cocktail shaker full of dry martini and ectoplasmic mayhem, will amuse. Playwright Noël Coward diagnosed his own gift as a talent to do just that.
Blithe Spirit at the Lyric; Hot Mikado at New Rep; August: Osage County at the Colonial
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 14, 2010


The Regal Beagle

The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks
A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 15, 2010

Keep up with the Mad Men

Don Draper and his ad men swig whiskey all day like it's no thing, but some of you daintier folk may think scotch and bourbon are too harsh.
A whiskey primer to get you in the door
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 11, 2009

Drink like Don

If Mad Men has taught us anything, it's that we shouldn't go to a 1960s advertising executive for health advice.
Whiskey drinks for people who don’t like whiskey. Yet.
By JASON O'BRYAN  |  December 11, 2009

Seasonal sipping

If you’ve got special reason to drown or celebrate this fall, Portland’s mixologists offer several autumnal elixirs that take advantage of the flavors and clean-slate feeling of fall.
Fall cocktails at local restaurants
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 16, 2009