Destination: Cocktails: The Traveler's Guide to Superior Libations

Overview


Featuring hundreds of cocktail bars in dozens of cities across the United States and around the world, Destination: Cocktails is the traveler’s guide to the craft cocktail movement. From New York to Los Angeles and London to Tokyo, this book is the ultimate reference to a network of fantastic bars providing their customers with only the best in gourmet beverages. Destination: Cocktails explores a variety of venues, and features urban lounges, dive bars, and five-star hotels alike. Some locations are brand new, ...
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Overview


Featuring hundreds of cocktail bars in dozens of cities across the United States and around the world, Destination: Cocktails is the traveler’s guide to the craft cocktail movement. From New York to Los Angeles and London to Tokyo, this book is the ultimate reference to a network of fantastic bars providing their customers with only the best in gourmet beverages. Destination: Cocktails explores a variety of venues, and features urban lounges, dive bars, and five-star hotels alike. Some locations are brand new, and some have been serving drinks since the 19th century. What do they have in common? They all make quality cocktails, crafted with care, using only the best ingredients. For a bar to be included in this distinguished guide, all that mattered was what was in the glass. With drink reviews, insightful interviews with the proprietors and mixologists, fascinating historical trivia, and a bonus recipe section, Destination: Cocktails is an unrivaled reference book for the craft cocktail enthusiast. Your ultimate cocktail crawl begins here and now—don’t forget to send us a postcard!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An exuberant celebration of dives, lounges, and upscale watering holes around the globe, Teitelbaum's guide to craft cocktails is a must-have for road-trippers and jet-setters looking to wet their gullet. Readily acknowledging the pretentiousness that can accompany many a libation and drinking establishment ("Sleeve garters, a mustache, and a bottle of Peychaud's bitters do not a skilled bartender make."), Teitelbaum is reverent but realistic when it comes to breaking down a bar scene. Expected landmarks like NYC's Please Don't Tell, San Francisco's Bourbon & Branch, and Harry's New York Bar in Paris are featured, but Tietelbaum diligently includes plenty of equally inviting lesser known venues, like the Museum of the American Cocktail, fittingly located in New Orleans, the pirate-themed PX in Alexandria, Virginia, and Tokyo's Y&M Kisling, whose bartenders "take whole courses on ice as part of their training." Tietelbaum (Tiki Road Trip) is an adventurous tippler and an enthusiastic guide, though his writing skills are not as developed as his palate. An irritating habit of beginning entries with "there are two types of in the world," and his insistence on referring to his female drinking compatriot as "Gal Friday Night" quickly loses its novelty. If readers can get past his prose and consume the book in small doses (just like its subject matter), they'll have a fine time planning their next boozy outing. Photos. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

"The author . . . has done a wonderful job of not just listing bars and their offerings, but also slowly cultivating the perfect mélange of context, history, humor, intrigue and information, much like a seasoned bartender would meticulously create a cocktail to remember." —New York Amsterdam News (December 2012)

"When it's time to belly up to the bar, you'll want to consult Destination Cocktails . . . by mixed-drink maestro James Teitelbaum. . . . All recommendations have quality ingredients, mixology smarts, and superior service in common." —Boston Globe (January 13, 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595800725
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,534,275
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author


James Teitelbaum has been researching cocktail culture since the early 1990s, when he began working on his book Tiki Road Trip (Santa Monica Press). Teitelbaum has traveled the world to fully explore the art of mixing the perfect cocktail. Among the publications he’s written for are Playboy, American Heritage, Film Threat, Tiki magazine, AAA World, and Beverage World. Teitelbaum also works in the music industry and teaches college classes in sound engineering. James’ interest in cocktail culture began when he was researching Tiki Road Trip—a process that began in the early 1990s—as he began to dread the thought of yet another sugary, headache-inducing mai tai at each destination. Coming to truly appreciate the better examples of this usually-bastardized libation, his horizons soon expanded far beyond the tropical drink genre, towards a respect and enjoyment for all well-crafted beverages. He lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents

Craft Cocktails: What Are They, and Why Now? 7

Destination: Cocktails House Rules 16

United States 25

New York 26

Boston 61

Washington, DC 65

Philadelphia 74

Cleveland 79

Chicago 84

Milwaukee 109

St. Louis 115

Louisville 118

Nashville 121

Atlanta 125

Miami 126

Fort Lauderdale 128

New Orleans 130

Austin 144

Houston 149

Denver 153

Reno 167

Anchorage 169

Seattle & Tacoma 171

Portland 188

San Francisco Bay Area 206

Los Angeles 239

San Diego 264

International 270

Vancouver 271

Havana 284

London 288

Edinburgh 313

Belfast 315

Paris 317

Amsterdam 329

Barcelona 334

Berlin 338

Hamburg 348

Munich 353

Vienna 359

Copenhagen 360

Zurich 363

Melbourne 365

Brisbane 370

Sydney 373

Wellington 376

Tokyo 378

Shanghai 390

Destination: Nightcap 399

Original craft cocktail recipes to enjoy at home.

Bar Index 407

Acknowledgments 415

Photo Credits 415

About the Author 416

About Gal Friday Night 416

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