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DIY Drinking: House-made ingredients are raising the bar

"When I moved to Boston," UpStairs on the Square bar manager Augusto Lino explains, "it was uncommon for bars to have anything house-made beyond a large container of vodka filled with pineapple on the back bar."

By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  March 15, 2013

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

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

Hardboiled hub

When I was growing up in Roslindale a few decades back — among tribes of ignorant, second-generation immigrant kids whose favorite words began with “f” and “n” and who liked to torture small animals and beat up small children before they moved on to thei
The city’s gritty, criminal underbelly has redefined the dark, artistic vision known as Boston noir
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 23, 2009

I remember when...

It's been a while, and I've been here for all of it. These moments are what I remember best, and what I wish there was more evidence of.
(Or at least I think I do)
By MARC SHEPARD  |  September 18, 2009


Charles Ives's Fourth Symphony is a stunner. And Boston Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic's music director designate led a stunning performance.
Alan Gilbert with the BSO, plus Collage New Music, Boston Baroque, and Teatro Lirico d'Europa
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  March 10, 2009


Class acts

The cast of Bridge of Sighs — Russo’s first novel since his 2001 Pulitzer winner, Empire Falls — may have benefitted from a refresher course with Emerson.
Richard Russo’s family tidings
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 26, 2007

All talk, no action

This article originally appeared in the January 26, 1982 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Aural sex comes of age
By MICHAEL MATZA  |  January 23, 2007

Planes, trains, & automobiles

Boston in winter: makes you wonder why you live here, right?
Your guide to winter-weekend escapes at any price
By NINA SCHWARTZ  |  March 01, 2006