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.
The journey to gin, and the craft of distilling, began in 2013 for the gentlemen of Four Pillars. They embarked on a tour of the US West Coast, from Portland down to San Francisco, identifying distilling techniques and equipment they admired. They thought if they could elevate this area of expertise in Australia, and bring a modern Australian sensibility to the process, then maybe they could make a gin worth shouting about. 18 months after they returned home, they took delivery of their own custom-built still, and named her Wilma (after founder Cameron’s beautiful, but explosively tempered late mother). Wilma has been delivering since day one as they’ve been awarded a Double Gold, Gold, or Master status for all their mainstay gins in the past two years. This week we caught up with Jacob Michael Ryan, Four Pillars’ double-threat brand ambassador in New York.
NightOwl recently had a visit with Karie Engels, an avid lover of food, wine, and beer, contributor to Connoisseur Magazine, and founder of her online culinary beverage magazine, “Your Home With Karie Engels.” Karie lives in Seattle and is all about great, healthy recipes matched with wine, beer, and spirits for the ultimate meal. When not writing, Karie can be found on her road tour, tasting foods and sipping fine wines and great brews, while showcasing amazing chefs in her “Visiting Chefs” dinner series and pairing their creations with ambrosial libations.
For this week’s Nightcap exclusive we’re hanging out with Stacey Swenson, the bartender at Dante in New York’s Greenwich Village, recently ranked #34 best bar in the world by Drinks International Magazine. The original Dante opened its doors on Macdougal Street in 1915. For over 100 years, neighbors and celebrities alike have frequented this cafe for a piece of Italy. The pictures that line the walls are not only of the original owners, but also highlight the wonderful cast of characters that have passed through these doors: from artists and writers, like Anais Nin and Ernest Hemingway of the Bohemian age, to Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, and Al Pacino, Dante is a place that people have always flocked to.
We recently had a Nightcap with Director and Founder of the San Diego Spirits Festival, Liz Edwards.
Liz launched the festivalnine years ago as a celebration of craft cocktails, culinary arts, and spirits culture. With bartender competitions, tastings, seminars and parties, the festival offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for brands to be supported and gain recognition among San Diego’s cocktail and culinary community and beyond.
For this week’s Nightcap exclusive we’re in San Francisco with DJ M3 from Monarch, the reigning king of San Francisco’s nightlife. DJ M3 pulls triple duty as an owner, manager, and resident DJ at the SOMA spot known for its aerialists, live music, and beautiful decor. Kick back and get “burnified” while this jack of all trades spins his tale.
This week we sit down with Dara, the creator and editor of The Skinny Pig, a local NYC-based food blog covering restaurant reviews, recipes, and events. Dara writes about a variety of topics including food, cooking, cocktails, and dating for blogs, brands, and online publications. So pour a bacon-infused Old Fashioned and relax while we pig out with Dara.
The key to a great St. Patrick’s Day is to find a great, traditional Irish pub that isn’t just a SantaCon mosh pit dressed in green. Unless green beer and ankle-deep vomit is your thing, of course, and if that’s the case, just follow the teeming hordes of unwashed staggering masses to the next fetid, stinking swill hole. But when you want to enjoy a couple of pints, some Irish cheer, and perhaps a kiss from that cute lad or lassie, you should head to one of the area’s many great Irish pubs. A pint of Guinness and a bowl of stew? A plate of corned beef and cabbage, some bagpipes, and a whiskey? Faith and begorrah, it sounds like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to us! Check out the top trending Irish pubs near you today!
For this week’s Nightcap exclusive, we sit down with Conor Sweeney, the Brand Ambassador in NYC for Teeling Whiskey Co. Dublin has traditionally been the heart of the Irish whiskey industry, and in 1782, when Teeling forebear Walter Teeling established his distillery, there were over 35 different distilleries in Dublin alone. Today, the Teeling Whiskey distillery is the only operational distillery in the city and home to the Spirit of Dublin. Pour yourself a wee dram and join us for a chat with Conor as he shares this great story and plans for the future.
Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t make up your mind between a pint, a cocktail, or the straight hard stuff, and where to find them? Fear not, because NightOwl Influencer, It’s Just The Booze Dancing has got you covered. They’re the collaborative team passionately covering the best of the best in craft beer, whiskey, cocktails, and more. Check out their “Great Bars” taglists covering the West and East Coasts for their favorite spots.