Bars

Meet the Real Widow-Maker

For this week’s nightcap interview we sat down with Vince Oleson, the Head Distiller of Widow Jane Whiskey. As great whiskey distillers throughout the world – from Kentucky to Scotland – have long known, it takes sweet water from tough rock to make great whiskey. And, that’s what Widow Jane Heirloom Whiskey, distilled in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, is all about. Widow Jane Whiskey is a true New York City whiskey, evocative of both the rock that created the foundation for this city of skyscrapers and the forward looking, DIY spirit that has made Brooklyn the center of an artisanal food & beverage movement.

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Where Old and New Come Together in Austin

For this week’s nightcap we headed down to ATX and grabbed a cocktail with Justin Lavenue and Dennis Gobis. They’re the owners behind the award winning cocktail bar and music venue The Roosevelt Room in Austin’s historic warehouse district. Saddle up to the bar and join us for a drink as we sip and chat with this dynamic duo.

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A Nightcap with Vance Henderson from Drambuie

For this week’s Nightcap interview we met up with Vance Henderson, the U.S. Brand Ambassador for Drambuie – the sweet, golden colored 40% ABV liqueur. Vance is a gifted bartender and has held various positions over the past 14 years in the world of cocktails. Find out more about this often misunderstood liqueur, which means “the drink that satisfies” in Gaelic, as we chat with Vance.

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NightOwlA Nightcap with Vance Henderson from Drambuie

On the Road with Ruston Kelly

For this week’s nightcap interview we caught up with singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly, who’s been called the bastard disciple of Kurt Cobain and James Taylor, which he’s totally cool with. Ruston has logged countless miles on the road sharing the stage with The Lumineers, Robert Earl Keen, and Shakey Graves, in addition to performing at festivals including Stagecoach, Bonnaroo and Wakarusa. If you haven’t heard his latest single “Black Magic,” add it to a playlist immediately. Grab a pint as we chew the fat with Ruston.

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NightOwlOn the Road with Ruston Kelly

And the Beat Goes on at The Up & Up

We headed down to The Up & Up in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village for a chat with Ray DeLaney, their bar captain, for this week’s nightcap interview. The Up & Up is a craft cocktail destination where hospitality is paramount, and which once was the Gaslight Cafe, the birthplace of the Beat Generation. We’re sipping on one of their originals, the “Zuzu’s Petals” – so grab your favorite, and join us.

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If You Have to Have a Monkey on Your Back…

For this week’s nightcap we caught up with Sebastien Derbomez, the U.S. Brand Ambassador for Monkey Shoulder Whisky. Sebastien’s career has taken him from London to Australia, and now the U.S. When Seb is not making cocktails or travelling the world to discover new cultures, he can be found out and about in New York looking for the closest pool table. Pull up a stool, and pour yourself a dram of your favorite as we chat with Seb.

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A Nightcap with Nick Wright from Suffolk Arms

For this week’s nightcap, we’ll take you to Suffolk Arms in New York’s Lower East Side for a chat with their mixologist, Nick Wright. Suffolk Arms is a modern cocktail pub by third-generation bartender Giuseppe González, whose hospitality-driven approach to mixology has taken center stage. They argue that drinks are now better made than at any point in cocktail history, with drinks devised by today’s pioneering craft bartenders who inspire them, like Julie Reiner, Gaz Regan and Audrey Saunders. They also feature omakase-style cocktails that are customized based on your spirit and flavor preferences. Grab your favorite cocktail as we sit and chat with Nick.

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NightOwlA Nightcap with Nick Wright from Suffolk Arms

Pappy and Ginger? Don’t be That Guy.

For this week’s nightcap interview we stopped by Noorman’s Kil in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to chat with one of the owners, Marcel Simoneau. With a selection of over 400 whiskies, Noorman’s Kil features one of the most impressive collections in New York. Pour yourself a dram and pull up a barstool as we chat with Marcel.

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Swing into Action with Jennifer Sandella

For this week’s nightcap interview we caught up with born and bred New Yorker Jennifer Sandella from Burger & Lobster. Jennifer’s first gig was an unlikely venue – as part of the bar team at Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. Unsatisfied with serving vodka sodas and electric-colored show-themed cocktails, she started experimenting with craft cocktailing at home. With brief stints at New York locations such as Bobo and Cedar Local, Jennifer honed her craft with excellent mentors before coming to Burger & Lobster as part of the opening bar team. Put on your bib as we crack some lobsters and grab a cocktail with Jennifer.

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NightOwlSwing into Action with Jennifer Sandella

Back to the ba’siks with Russell Dillon

For this week’s nightcap interview we caught up with Russell Dillon, the main man behind the bar at ba’sik in Brooklyn, New York. “Back to the basics” is the inspiration behind ba’sik (pronounced basic), a Williamsburg bar that marks the return of the drinking establishment as a “public house.” Between the flowing drinks we caught up with Russell, the poet/bartender who helped turn ba’sik into an industry favorite. Sit back and grab a “Damn, Dominic!” – we did – as we chat with “the kindest man in the world.”

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NightOwlBack to the ba’siks with Russell Dillon