2014 Cocktail Issue

Craft Cocktails: Old Standbys. Rising Stars.

Shaken or stirred?

Drinks a bit complicated, sort of the way you wish you were.

Cocktails as ephemeral art

The best craft cocktails are miniature works of ephemeral art. Here today, gone to stomach. Cat Eye Club This retro-style tiki bar looks and feels like a mid-century living room. Fruity cocktails served in glasses ...

Lame jokes made funny

Just add alcohol!

I love craft cocktails because they’re the great American drinking innovation and because they make all my lame jokes seem wicked funny. Coin-Op There’s much fun to be had at this arcade/bar, feeding quarters into ...

Drinking as human artistry

Craft cocktails create the opportunity to celebrate human artistry while going out drinking with friends. That’s what I’d call a win–win. Aero Club Known to have more than 800 whiskies to choose from, it’s little ...

Con gusto

Be it a liter of gut-wrenching booze-cophony from a TJ punk cave or a martini glass of tamarind/mezcal slush, borderland cocktails unite us, con gusto. Chiquita’s Mexican Food This Fairmount Park villa is the epitome ...

Cocktails with a personal stamp

I love craft cocktails because I have a hard time following the rules, or recipes. Everything tastes better when you put your personal stamp on it. Bailiwick Wide-open windows, big comfy sofas, and a great ...

Variations on a theme

I love craft cocktails for the same reason I love variations on a theme in a sonata: the pleasure of the familiar combined with unexpected invention. Alchemy Alchemy is where I learned to get behind ...

Quality and balance

Just as a memorable soirée includes a mix of interesting guests, a craft cocktail stimulates the senses with the quality and balance of its ingredients. Ironside Fish and Oyster Ironside boasts the newest crafty cocktail ...

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