Thursday, November 10 01:13 PM
The lure of Barcelona's nightlife has destroyed many a reputation. That's why we find the idea of dedicating a bar to creation--at least in terms of architecture--a refreshing concept. Behold Frank's Bar in the Hotel Arts Barcelona, a homage to the creative mind of starchitect Frank Gehry.
The bar honors Gehry's famous fish sculpture that sits on the waterfront adjacent to the hotel. The interiors draw from the palette of colors that the sculpture reflects throughout the day, from graphite to gold, plum to emerald. The arcs of the sofas, the geometry of the decorative moldings, and the diamond tufting of the ottomans draw lines of order, while signature margaritas (named after Gehry's wife, Berta) blur them. Sounds like the blueprint for a top Catalonian night out.
Photo: Davide Lovatti, Courtesy of Hotel Arts Barcelona
Tuesday, October 25 09:34 AM
Stumptown Coffee founder Duane Sorenson put Portland on the caffeinated world map. But now he's turning his attention to other pursuits, namely those of the alcoholic and gastronomic variety, at the new Woodsman Tavern. The restaurant's roster reads like a who's who of the Portland dining scene, all in one unassuming, reclaimed-wood setting.
Joining Sorenson are chef Jason Barwikowski and bartender Evan Zimmerman from city institutions Olympic Provisions and Laurelhurst Market, respectively. They're serving a mix of drinkin' food such as chorizo crisps and pickled mackerel along with haute tavern fare including guinea fowl with savory bread pudding. Wash it down with a cask ale or a cocktail of rye, vermouth, and cedar-steeped Campari. Or both. You can caffeinate off the hangover back at Stumptown tomorrow.
Photo: Courtesy of the Woodsman Tavern
Friday, October 21 09:00 AM
Just when we considered ourselves fluent in the upscale Mexican nightlife movement sweeping Nueva York, along comes Salón Hecho to school us in a whole new lingua franca of mezcales, micheladas, and curados.
Next to sister restaurant Hecho en Dumbo, the brand-new space is modeled on downtown Mexico City's hip neighborhood cantinas: part local watering hole, part performance space (Thursdays will feature live music), part showcase for the many moods of the agave plant. We're intrigued/borderline-scared about the cantina's signature tipples, abocados--mezcal traditionally infused with out-there flavors like juniper, lamb, and turkey. Owners Ethan Smith and Danny Mena assure us they'll be sticking to more benign spikings, however, including avocado and allspice. How do you say, "I'll ease into it with a margarita?"
Photo: Courtesy of Kimberly Sentner
Tuesday, October 04 11:32 AM
Good news for New Yorkers whose favorite annual celebration is Repeal Day (December 5, for those taking notes): There's a new gin joint in town. Subterranean cocktail spot the Tippler has opened in a cavernous 3,000-square-foot space hidden beneath Chelsea Market.
It might be infused with sepia-toned nostalgia--including vaulted ceilings, original 1880s brickwork, salvaged water-tower timber, and railway tracks reclaimed from the neighboring High Line--but this watering hole has none of the speakeasy snobbery of its similarly appointed compatriots. There's Bud in bottles and cocktail categories like Fast & Furious (shots!) and Lushies (spiked slushies). Let's toast underground without the attitude.
Photo: Courtesy of the Tippler
Friday, September 02 07:00 AM
If you had any doubt that the visionaries behind New York's Milk & Honey and PDT would go to the ends of the earth to spread their cocktail gospel, the opening of their latest venture--in Melbourne, Australia--should prove it.
Plush new bar The Everleigh recently opened its doors (at the top of a flight of stairs behind an unmarked street door) on the seedy-turned-suave strip of Gertrude Street. Under the watchful eye of mixology maestro Sasha Petraske, The Everleigh's cocktail list is heavily weighted toward Gilded Era libations such as the Old-Fashioned and the Rum Fizz.
In a town renowned for its fantastic swank-on-a-shoestring bar scene, this joint--sporting now-familiar touches such as hand-cut ice, cozy leather booths, and a whiff of the speakeasy--fits in like a waxed mustache on an old-timey barkeep. And, yes, there will be waistcoats.
Photo: Courtesy of The Everleigh