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Saturday November 2, 2019 09:54 am EDT
Hey, y’all! What’s the move? | more...

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Saturday September 7, 2019 11:27 am EDT
From Our 2019 "100 Dishes" Issue | more...

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Tuesday July 10, 2018 02:32 pm EDT
The newly re-opened hotel is a stylish spot to throw back a few | more...

Cocktails, Omnivore, Homepage

Sunday February 4, 2018 10:10 pm EST
Paper Crane Lounge offers a cozy retreat atop award-winning Staplehouse | more...

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Wednesday December 7, 2016 11:07 am EST
ASW Distillery debuts Resurgens Rye, Atlanta's first rye whiskey since Prohibition | more...

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Wednesday June 1, 2016 08:00 am EDT
The barman behind Up or Down talks cocktails and the future | more...

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Wednesday February 24, 2016 09:00 am EST
The SOS Tiki Bar bartender talks booze | more...

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Monday November 23, 2015 09:00 am EST
Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia, Kirk Gibson, and Mike Blydenstein - also the team behind the Pinewood - talk booze | more...

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Wednesday October 7, 2015 08:00 am EDT
Atlanta's first | more...

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Thursday August 20, 2015 08:00 am EDT
The CEO of Atlanta-based Goza Tequila talks booze | more...

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Wednesday March 11, 2015 08:00 am EDT
Catching up with the barman behind Midtown's new Grain and Buckhead's Seven Lamps | more...

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Monday December 8, 2014 09:00 am EST
The Atlanta start-up's co-founders Missy and Kristin Koefod talk Atlanta, booze, and bitters | more...

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Monday November 10, 2014 09:00 am EST
Hardy Wallace (aka Dirty) and Matt Richardson (aka Rowdy) make rare California wine with Atlanta roots | more...

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Wednesday June 11, 2014 08:00 am EDT
The Holland-born transplant is making rum a thing in South Georgia | more...

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Wednesday May 14, 2014 08:00 am EDT
Holeman & Finch's new head bartender talks booze | more...

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Wednesday April 2, 2014 08:00 am EDT
Three and a half years after opening, the H. Harper Station owner shares his favorite Atlanta haunts, the evolution of the Atlanta cocktail scene, and more | more...

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Wednesday February 19, 2014 09:00 am EST
Former H&F Bottle Shopper and bartender on cocktails for kids, his new bar, and more | more...

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Wednesday January 29, 2014 09:00 am EST
From bars with amateur boxing, to Brazilian cocktails, to behind the scenes, the vice president of Quality Wine & Spirits has seen it all | more...

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Monday December 23, 2013 09:00 am EST
The store's affable owner talks spirits, community, and more | more...

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Monday November 18, 2013 09:00 am EST
Empire State South's bar manager talks cocktails, the state of female bartenders in Atlanta, and more | more...

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Monday September 30, 2013 08:00 am EDT
The founders of American Spirit Whiskey | more...

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Monday August 19, 2013 08:00 am EDT
The man behind the drink talks booze, and how one simple dare changed his life | more...

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Monday July 15, 2013 02:10 pm EDT
Welcome to Creative Loafing's new cocktail column | more...

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Tuesday May 17, 2011 08:00 am EDT

Last week, I was hanging with a friend who works in a kitchen and we got on the subject of tools. His query of me, delivered while unrolling a never-ending knife bag, went like this: "How come you guys don't have cool tools like we do?"

I was at once astonished and insulted. Didn't he know about the different strainer types I use? What about my requisite three types of bar spoon? Never mind...

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Tuesday November 9, 2010 09:00 am EST
Restaurant Eugene sits only across a condo-complex breezeway from its sibling eatery, the pig-parts powerhouse Holman & Finch, but the mood inside the door is a world apart. Whereas H&F is often crowded and raucous, with an edgier vibe as the hour grows later, Eugene is unflappably serene and dignified, perhaps even a tad stuffy. It also has possibly the smallest bar - six seats and a small... | more...

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Tuesday October 26, 2010 09:00 am EDT
A reason to drink more than you already do | more...

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Tuesday October 12, 2010 09:00 am EDT

More so than most of Atlanta's new breed of boozy eateries, the Sound Table refuses to be pinned down. Is it a restaurant with a kick-ass bar or a bar with a great kitchen? Or perhaps it's really a hipster nightclub that pays the bills by serving interesting food and drinks.

Frankly, the Sound Table's indefinable nature only adds to its appeal. And, whatever it is, the place has what may be...

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Tuesday September 28, 2010 09:00 am EDT

Can you feel it? The season is on the verge of changing! I'm sure that as this is printed, Atlanta is at a nice cool 93 degrees, but the fact remains that fall is swiftly coming upon us. At this time we can shift gears and prepare ourselves for the unique spectrum of autumn flavors.

One of the simplest cocktail ideas for the upcoming season is to start infusing some spirits with autumnal and...

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Tuesday September 7, 2010 04:00 am EDT
One of the driving forces behind the culinary cocktail movement is — no surprise — inspiration from flavors coming out of the kitchen. That was the case when Linda Torres, bar manager at One Midtown Kitchen, first tasted the Tabasco-spiked passion fruit mostarda, a jelly that spices up the restaurant's cheese plate. Coincidentally, one of her bartenders had been experimenting at infusing a... | more...

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Tuesday August 31, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Maybe you've noticed lately when perusing the specialty drink menus at restaurants and bars that there's a definite trend toward savory and floral inspired libations. The ingredients used to create these concoctions run the gamut from aromatic liqueurs and exotic fruit to muddled herbs and vegetables. Normally the idea of such ingredients wouldn't offend the palette, mainly because they're... | more...

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Tuesday August 24, 2010 09:00 am EDT

I recently was privy to an interesting conversation in a local coffee shop, where I can often be found procuring a dose of my other liquid fix. A patron asked the barista how much she would personally spend on coffee for home. This got me thinking — in today's ever-growing market of "specialty" products, how do we decide where to spend big and where to make do with less?

Ask any chef what...

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Tuesday August 17, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Lest you think that interesting cocktails are served only in high-concept eateries by mustachioed hipsters sporting garters on their sleeves, Eric Alsander would like to puncture your preconceptions. Alsander is bar manager at Publik Draft House, a year-old restaurant next door to the Fox Theatre serving slightly gastro-fied bar food and hosting noisy games of Team Trivia and Texas Hold 'Em.... | more...

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Tuesday August 3, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Everyone's heard of vermouth, but how many of us regularly imbibe it? For a variety of reasons, I fear not many. But let's change that. For years vermouth and other aromatized wines have tended to play in the cocktail outfield. Forever overshadowed and relegated to dust-covered shelves in many bottle shops, these interesting elixirs have quietly marched on through the years. But without their... | more...

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Tuesday July 27, 2010 09:00 am EDT
As a general whiskey rule, scotch is sipped neat and bourbon is what you use in mixed drinks. You know that a restaurant or bar is serious about cocktails when you see scotch concoctions on their menu. Since emerging on the scene in the early '90s at the erstwhile Mumbo Jumbo, chef Shaun Doty has been one of the primary engines pushing innovation on the Atlanta cocktail scene. So it's no... | more...

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Tuesday July 20, 2010 09:00 am EDT

Blueberry season is in full swing here in Georgia and the tasty little nuggets are finding their way into pies, muffins and, um, did I mention pies? Although I adore fresh blueberries, I recognize they don't always translate well into beverages, ice cream and other dishes where their subtle flavor is easily overwhelmed.

So it was refreshing to find Miller Union serving the Tangled Up in Blue,...

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Tuesday July 13, 2010 09:00 am EDT

Well, I think we all agree it's summer again. The heat of the world forces me to admit to myself that it may, in fact, be time for a Mojito. Judging from the last couple weeks at the bar, some of you feel the same way.

Speaking as a barkeep, there are few drink orders as unsettling as this in a packed bar. All it takes is one and the virus spreads faster than the zombie plague. Admittedly, the...

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Tuesday July 6, 2010 09:00 am EDT
Summer is typically when bartenders pull the brown liquors off the speed rack to make way for the clear stuff, vodka and gin, which is considered lighter and a better match for warm weather. But for those who prefer to swim against the tide — or who simply prefer the full-bodied taste of whiskey — there's the New Biddy ($9) at the Iberian Pig. Self-described "bar chef" Thomas Jhun adapted a... | more...

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Tuesday June 29, 2010 04:00 am EDT

Dipsomaniac. I'll bet you didn't even realize you were one. That's OK, my friends, admitting your true nature is the first step. I've named this column as a nod to the arcane, obscure and true roots of the cocktail. The quest ahead of us: to celebrate ingredients, techniques and history, transforming our obsession with boozy concoctions into the future of cocktail culture.

There was a time in...

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Thursday June 10, 2010 10:00 am EDT
Leon's, Decatur | more...