For this week’s nightcap interview we pulled up a barstool to share a nightcap with Brandon Pool, the GM and head bartender at The Innertown Pub in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. ITP’s history dates back to Prohibition, and it came into its own during the late 1980s – early ‘90s, becoming a home for the local bohemian artist community. Walking into the ITP, you’ll be welcomed by the dimly lit, eclectic space with Elvis-heavy artwork and knick knacks that you’d find in your crazy uncle’s basement, not to mention free pool!
We recently mixed it up with Lucinda Sterling, Managing Partner and famed mixologist of Middle Branch in New York. This Colorado native landed in New York in late 2005 and quickly became a bartender at what was then Sasha Petraske’s newest bar, Little Branch. By 2012, her amazing mixology skills led to a full partnership. The industry now considers Lucinda a leader in the mixology movement, with articles in Thrillist, Time Out Magazine, Liquor.com and other well known publications.
For this week’s nightcap we were lucky enough to spend quality time around some high ABV beers with Patrick Rue, the Founder, CEO, and Head Brewer at The Bruery. The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery in Orange County, CA, that produced over 90 different beers last year. Hop heads should get their snifters out as we pour into their story.
For this week’s nightcap, we stopped by The Rockefeller, a local hot-spot in Hermosa Beach, CA, known for pairing great grub with their impressive beer selection (24 taps!) and a happy hour that’ll leave you with money to blow. Grab a seat for their bottomless mimosa brunch, and bring your board for a post-interview ride as we chat with the Director of Operations, Chris Bredesen.
We got a chance to catch up with Keith Roberts from the Celtic Rock band Young Dubliners for this week’s nightcap. With ten albums under their belts, and tours that have taken them all over the world, including opening for Jethro Tull and Collective Soul to name a few –they’ve got some great stories to tell. Sit back, and grab a pint, as we shoot the craic with Keith.
Whether you think Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day (it’s not), or the commemoration of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla (it is), or just a day to listen to mariachi bands and drink margaritas (also acceptable), we have good news for you: NightOwl can help you find the best margarita in town! While you and your amigos debate whether Cointreau or Triple Sec is proper, or whether to salt the rim, or what the time and place is for a frozen margarita (hint: never and nowhere), one thing we know for certain is that the margarita sits at the delicious nexus of sour, sweet, salty, and bitter; it’s like a fiesta in your mouth. Enjoy with a side of guac and pray that there will be a hole in The Wall for shipments of tequila. Click here to find the best margarita near you, wherever your night takes you. Salud!
We caught up with Ryan Te, the head bartender at Oiji in Manhattan’s East Village, for this week’s Nightcap. Oiji created a new category for Korean cuisine (all meant for sampling and sharing) in New York City by exploring traditional flavors and dishes while utilizing modern cooking techniques and ingredients. Helmed by chefs Brian Kim and Tae Kyung Ku, who trained at Gramercy Tavern and Bouley, respectively, Oiji came on the scene in 2015 winning accolades from the NY Times, The New Yorker, and Eater to name a few. Cocktails play an important role in the success at Oiji, and Ryan’s here to share why.