As befits a city with so many fine restaurants, Charleston also has a range of pleasant bars in which to relax in between meals. Tiny O’Hara & Flynn has about 40 well-chosen wines by the glass, served at tables with mismatched chairs by a good-humored German owner. A lush and savory Gewürztraminer from Alto [...]
San Francisco’s Cask, on Third and Market Streets, is a worthwhile stop for lovers of spirits. The snug, wood-paneled store is managed by a group that presides over a local cocktail bar empire (Bourbon & Branch, Swig, Rickhouse). Its genial proprietors have run bars, distilled spirits, brewed beers and tasted every bottle on [...]
Started in 2007 by two American women, Arla Johnson and Julie Shore, the Prince Edward Distillery produces Canada’s only potato-based vodka (which takes full advantage of one of Prince edward Island’s primary crops). Success was almost instantaneous: In 2009, they brought home a Gold Medal from the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. They also [...]
Visitors to San Francisco in search of an early evening respite from shopping in Union Square or museum-browsing South of Market would be hard-pressed to improve on Press Club. An elegant stairwell off Yerba Buena Lane (adjacent to the Four Seasons) leads to a spacious warren of hardwood tables, lounge chairs & comfortably subdued [...]
Most people are unaware that the famous King Cole Bar in the St. Regis New York has a cousin on the west coast. The Pied Piper Bar & Grill in San Francisco’s Palace Hotel is home to another another utterly captivating mural by Maxfield Parrish. It has hung above the bar of the hotel since since [...]
The Breakers, a 540-room oceanfront resort amid 140 acres seven miles from the Palm Beach airport, has debuted a dramatically renovated bar and dining room just steps from the main lobby in the historic Florentine Room. Renowned hospitality designer Adam Tihany was enlisted to re-imagine the space as a contemporary Palm Beach cocktail soirée [...]
Talk about scotch on the rocks! On Saturday, January 19, three bottles of Scotch whisky bottled in 1898 were returned to the place where they were found — frozen in solid ice under the floorboards of the wooden hut built by legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton and the crew of his heroic but unsuccessful Nimrod expedition [...]
Some of the finest rum in the world comes from Nicaragua, produced by the century-old Flor de Caña distillery. During the turbulent revolutionary years, fearing that the Sandinistas might confiscate its stocks of aged rum, Flor de Caña hid many of its barrels abroad. After the Sandinistas were voted out of office and property rights [...]
Though I’ve long been a fan of Vail, I’ve been migrating to nearby Beaver Creek in recent years, and that held true again this year. I spent most of my time on the slopes in the eastern part of Beaver Creek, which meant lunch in the village proper. Thanks to the well-situated escalators, this is an easy proposition.
We arrived in the graceful, relaxed city of Bordeaux at the end of our French tour feeling happy but exhausted from a week of heavy-duty sightseeing. As wine lovers, we were excited to explore the world of Bordeaux, but heading out of the city to the châteaux — many of which require appointments and expect you to purchase a bottle or two — seemed daunting. Fortunately, our hotel, the exquisite Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux & Spa, turned out to be within a two-minute walk of two bars devoted to the glories of the local wine.