Erick Castro Talks About What’s Working vs. What’s Not

Erick Castro Talks About What’s Working vs. What’s Not

Bartender Erick Castro runs the award-winning and innovative Polite Provisions, in San Diego. The documentary series he shares with his wife; Bartender At Large is increasingly being seen and screened across North America. He’s known for his time working for global brands and bars in big markets on both coasts. Notable on his bar resume are the critical hits, Rickhouse in SF and Boilermaker NYC. Given that he spends a lot of his time interviewing bartenders to gain…

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Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

In the words of Queen Victoria herself; “The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.” Victoria is the first of many journeys as a traveling bartender in 2017′. Giving you an insider look at the “industry” while spending a night on the town.   To start, when you head to any city on a drinking pilgrimage it is especially relevant to do a little research on your hotel….

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El Ritmo, by Giancarlo Jesus

El Ritmo, by Giancarlo Jesus

The Diamond’s Giancarlo Quiroz Jesus is the Canadian finalist for the Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition with his fantastic El Ritmo cocktail. This Tuesday, he’s embarked on a trip that will take him to Montreal, Miami, Puerto Rico and ultimately San Francisco, where he will compete against bartenders from all over the world for the grand finale of Bacardi Legacy. Gian managed to take a few minutes to chat with us just before he left Vancouver to share with us some stories…

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Attaboy’s Micky McIlroy talks Nashville, Sasha Petraske and the worst trends in cocktails

Attaboy’s Micky McIlroy talks Nashville, Sasha Petraske and the worst trends in cocktails

In 2004, Micky McIlroy was a young bartender in Belfast, Ireland. He was passionate to learn everything he could about his trade. He was reading bar books and researching the best bars in the world. Sasha Petraske‘s Milk & Honey kept coming up. Micky did the obvious thing. He boarded a flight to New York, found Milk & Honey and introduced himself to Sasha. The Irish citizen then asked for a job. Recently, The Canadian Professional…

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Nitro Cold Brew Espresso Martini, by Jonathan Orlando

Nitro Cold Brew Espresso Martini, by Jonathan Orlando

Today’s #FeatureBartender is Jonathan Orlando. Orlando works at The Lion, (62 West 9th Street, New York, New York). He also curates his own drink blog, called DrinksAndInk.com. Bartending Superpower: “Adaptability” How long have you been bartending Jonathan? “I’ve been behind the stick for 5 years but I’ve been in the hospitality industry for 12 years.” What is the most profound thing you’ve learned about yourself, or others, as a bartender? “Humility. Everyone has rock star moments…

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10 Questions with Ashley Wardle of baRV Brooklyn

10 Questions with Ashley Wardle of baRV Brooklyn

Ashley Wardle works for VOS Selections, a distributor in New York focusing on organic, sustainable wine and spirits. Hailing from Long Beach, CA. She resides in Brooklyn, NYC. She made that move in a 40-year-old RV. More on that RV in a bit. Bartending superpower: “No superpower, just years of practice” 1) When did you first get into bartending, Ashley? “My first bartending job was at a golf course, I was the beer cart operator…

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David Kaplan of Death & Co in 10 questions

David Kaplan of Death & Co in 10 questions

We recently caught up with Death & Co co-founder David Kaplan in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Home of their new Normandie Club and the very exclusive, 27-seat, reservation only cocktail bar, The Walker Inn. Kaplan opened up about Proprietors LLC latest projects (Presently 3 in New York, 3 in Los Angeles) and gave some thoughts about the Death & Co cocktail book nearly three years after sending it to print. 1) The team behind Death & Co…

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Cafe du Nord with Bon Vivant’s Morgan Schick

Cafe du Nord with Bon Vivant’s Morgan Schick

One of the most anticipated openings in San Francisco this year, is the re-opening of the historic Cafe du Nord. Located between Church and Sánchez, in the Castro neighborhood. The 108 year old building proudly stands boasting a below street-level music venue and prohibition-era speakeasy. With a healthy remodel, brand new bar program from the Bon Vivant‘s and late night food menu, this is a great addition to the strong cocktail bars by the bay….

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Imperfect Perfect Manhattan, 10 questions with Dale Degroff

Imperfect Perfect Manhattan, 10 questions with Dale Degroff

Dale Degroff undoubtedly pioneered a return to craft ingredients and classic cocktails from New York’s, Rainbow Room. Degroff continues to guide new generations of bartenders to pick up where he started –  the day he did something crazy and put fresh juice in a drink. We caught up with the legend at EAT! Vancouver this week, here are the first 10 questions; 1) The big story this past week is that the Manhattan Cocktail Classic…

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Gaz Regan talks about the Joy of Mixology revisions

Gaz Regan talks about the Joy of Mixology revisions

Gaz Regan knows more about bartending and hospitality than most bartenders alive today. He’s been a bartender arguably his whole life and is one of the fathers of its modern renaissance. The Joy of Mixology (2003), his breakthrough book, helped bartenders to categorize cocktails into core families to better understand that if you learn the familial style, one could remember thousands of drink recipes simply by identifying key characteristics and then using the proper spirits. Michael Dietsch,…

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