June 15, 2011

Happy Hour: Pusser’s v. Painkiller

by Payman Bahmani

In the past week there’s been a lot of buzz in cocktail circles regarding the outcome of a legal dispute between Pusser’s rum and Painkiller, a tiki bar in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s a story that’s led to a lot of anger among us folks in the cocktail biz, as it touches […]

March 16, 2011

Skankynavia: Cocktails at 1105 (CPH)

by Anders Arhoj

A bar is a playground for grown-ups. A place where you can meet new playmates, taste the sweet nectar of intoxicating juices, take time off to enjoy life with your closest of pals, and on occasion enjoy the chance of entangling your reproduction organs in other people’s warm orififi and bodily fluids. The playground swings […]

August 11, 2010

Happy Hour: Savoy Cocktail Book Night (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Paystyle is out this week– after his series of recaps on Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, he’s burnt out and taking a personal day. It is Sloth Season after all, and we all deserve a break from Umamimart reporting. He suggested I fill in this week for Happy Hour as a guest writer. […]

August 3, 2010

Happy Hour: Tales Recap Pt. 4 (Highlights and Lowlights)

by Payman Bahmani

PREFACE: Tales of the Cocktail Recap Part 1 Tales of the Cocktail Recap Part 2 Tales of the Cocktail Recap Part 3 I had never been to New Orleans prior to going down for this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, so when it came to deciding where to eat and drink (which are always my […]

July 1, 2010

Sneak Peek: Ippuku! (Berkeley)

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s happening. Ippuku, the East Bay’s premiere yakitori and shochu bar is opening on Monday 7/5! HOLLA! I was lucky enough to get a tour of the restaurant before it opens and talk with the owner/chef, Christian Geideman. Located in the heart of Berkeley, the restaurant space is quite breathtaking (read: epitome of cool) and […]

June 22, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Billy Goat Tavern (#1)

by Kayoko Akabori

Billy Goat Tavern was my absolute favorite place we went to in Chicago. You know a place has really made an impression on you when you keep wanting to go back. Matt and I were only there for three days, but I made sure I went twice. I even bought a tshirt. Ha. Oddly enough, […]

June 16, 2010

The Chicago Ten: The Green Mill (#3)

by Kayoko Akabori

Whenever I travel to a new city, I try to make sure to visit a jazz club. The jazz scene in Paris, Tokyo and Rome are unreal! There’s just something about going out and listening to jazz at some grimy club, while sippin’ on a classic cocktail that transports you through time. In New York, […]

May 28, 2010

The Chicago Ten: The Violet Hour (#7)

by Kayoko Akabori

Photos by Matt K. and myself. Heard about The Violet Hour, a little speakeasy-esque bar in the Bucktown/ Wicker Park area of Chicago, courtesy of Paystyle. When Pay suggests a place, I follow, no questions asked. Matt and I definitely walked up and down the street a few times and looked around like baffled, confused […]

May 5, 2010

Whiskeys on Tap (CHI)

by Kayoko Akabori

Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve and JD on tap. Life can be so sweet. Kuma’s Corner. CHI.

May 2, 2010

Postcard from CHI: Gold Star Bar

by Kayoko Akabori

Gold Star’s a little dive bar in Wicker Park, Chicago. The bartender was a gracious, round lady, who bought her regulars rounds of drinks. She’s the daughter of the owner, meaning this bar has been around for decades. How old do you think this Bud Light wall clock is? The tamale guy came through the […]