For this week’s NightCap we chatted with Christian Blake, the US brand representative for Erdinger Weissbier. For over 130 years, Erdinger’s outstanding quality of wheat beers has been rooted in their passion for Bavarian brewing skills. Erdinger has been brewing exclusively in Erding since 1886 – every single bottle – and they’ve never brewed anything other than the Bavarian specialty “weissbier.”
You know that place on your corner? There’s no line, no rope, no fancy cocktails, it doesn’t have “wine” in the name, and they definitely do not sell “artisanal” anything. That’s a dive bar. It’s a place where you can go any time, day or night, to find cheap drinks, cold beers, and a good time. It’s the neighborhood classic. And after a couple of trips, the bartender will know your drink, and may even know your name. OMG, the bartender bought me a round?? Yeah, that’s called a “buy-back,” and you get them if you tip well. Try getting the house to buy you drinks at a club. You might go there to be ironic, but, ironically, you’ll find yourself more at home there than any other bar you know. Check out the top trending dive bars near you.
This week we caught up with Nick Feris, rum educator, author and founder of The Rum Collective, the longest running rum society in the U.S. based in Seattle. An advocate for quality and a voice for lesser known, traditionally-made rums, Nick tirelessly promotes the beauty of his favorite spirit, loves overproof rums, and probably knows a sea shanty or two. So pour yourself a measure of grog as we chat with Nick.
If you’re looking to learn a little about whiskey, there’s no better place to start than at the knee of Todd Richman, National Whiskey Educator for the entire whiskey portfolio at Diageo, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Talisker, Lagavulin, and J&B, to name just a few. A renowned whiskey expert, Todd is the kind of guy you want to be stuck on a desert island with, provided he’s bringing the whiskey. If you’re like “less talky, more drinky,” then just jump ahead to Todd’s list of the best whiskey bars in your city.
This week we talk cocktails, winter drinking, and skinny-dipping with one of New York’s leading cocktail aficionados, Selena Ricks-Good, founder of the noted cocktail-scene blog The Dizzy Fizz. Selena produces and hosts experiential cocktail events for connoisseurs and casual imbibers, writes extensively about cocktail culture, and knows a thing or two about where to find the best warm drinks for this frigid winter. Pour yourself a hot toddy while we chat with Selena…
There are two types of people in this world: people looking for a romantic date spot for Valentine’s Day, and people looking for next year’s Valentine’s Day partner. But no matter whether you’re looking for the perfect candle-lit spot to take your special someone, or a place with 2-for-1 shots and lots of hotties to meet your next guy, gal, or other, NightOwl has got you covered. Choose your own adventure and search by Crowd to find a great singles scene, or utilize Categories to find just the right cocktail bar. With NightOwl, the night is whatever you want it to be.
You’re in Chicago and you need a beer. Happens to us all the time. Well today is your lucky day, because Chicago just happens to be one of the world’s great beer drinking towns, and you’re further in luck, because we know one of the world’s best beer drinking bars and it’s right there in Chicago! That’s right, it’s the Map Room. This week we’re hanging out with Laura and Jay from Map Room which opened back in ‘92 with a travelers’ theme, before they met brewer Greg Browne and members of the Chicago Beer Society. Through this relationship, Map Room has become one of the premiere stops for beer aficionados in Chicago. So grab a pint of your favorite suds while we sit down with Laura and Jay.
Falcons, Pats, wings, beers, huge flatscreens, and your crew. Perfect Sunday wish list, but where are you going to find all of that? Kelly’s TV is too small, Mike’s couch is too filled with Mike, and the options only get worse from there. That’s why you need to head to one of our top trending sports bars for the big game. Multiple TVs, a killer sound system, and all the wings you can eat? If you throw in an order of nachos, we’d take the under on seeing us there before kickoff.