As if being 75 degrees and sunny 800 days a year wasn’t enough, San Diegans also enjoy the best fish tacos this side of the ocean’s surface and a thriving drink culture. Whether it’s a cerveza to wash down said tacos, a cocktail by the beach, or three fingers of Glenlivet with a little bit of pepper and some cheese that you’re craving, Sara Norris has got you covered. She writes nightlife, travel, adventure, and food stories for numerous outlets.Join us as we share a nightcap with Sara Norris.
Sushi. Karaoke. Second dates. “What are three things that go well with sake,” Alex? No longer just for 14th century Japanese warlords, sake bars and izakaya are popping up all over the place. Usually offering cool vibes, tasty small plates, and a speakeasy-esque mystique to the uninitiated, the one thing they all have in common is sake – the brewed rice wine with as many styles, looks, and complexities as David Bowie. Drink it hot, drink it cold, drink it as a shot dropped into a beer, but trust us, you want to get into some sake. Whether you’re looking for a unique date spot, a fun place to grab a bite and a couple cold ones, or just a chance to get loose with some friendly local Japanese businessmen, you simply can’t go wrong with a sake bar. Check out this week’s trending sake bars/izakaya near you.
For this week’s exclusive interview, we have a true night owl on our hands– John Henry, the co-owner of El Buho Mezcal. El Buho (Spanish for “The Owl”) is a small-batch spirit handcrafted in the heart of Oaxaca, Mexico. With fresh aromas of ripe pear and hints of pineapples grilled over a campfire, it’s a friendly and accessible mezcal meant for simply sipping or mixing.
If you’re in San Diego, you probably just got back from a bike ride and hammered a couple of fish tacos, and now you need a beer. Heck, we’re NOT in San Diego and we need one! Check out NightOwl influencer Sara Norris’s list of favorite San Diego pubs to kick back and enjoy a pint. If being around happy, tan people in the best weather you’ve ever seen isn’t your thing, take a look at NightOwl’s trending pubs across the country. Two pints of lager and a bag of crisps please!
For professional drinkers like us, ordering a cocktail seems pretty straightforward. But then we traveled to the West Village in New York City and caught up with mixologist Jim Kearns from Slowly Shirley, and we found out some of us might just be doing it wrong. Slowly Shirley is an elegant subterranean cocktail sanctuary run by owners Jon Neidich and Jim Kearns, located below the duo’s jovial restaurant and bar, The Happiest Hour. With Art Deco décor, old-school hotel service and a seriously strong cocktail game, Slowly Shirley transports guests to Hollywood’s Golden Age when glamor and sophistication ruled the day.
If you’re anything like us, you probably still make New Year’s resolutions that you have no hope of actually keeping. Oh, you’re going to go get up early to hit the gym before work, you say? Yeah, and so is everyone else for the first two weeks of January. Plan to stop hooking up with your friends? No, for real this time. Suuuuuure. If you want to peep how they ring in the New Year in countries you wished you were going to travel to this year, check this out:
NightOwl recently met with celebrated chef David Burke at his new upscale restaurant, Tavern62. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America,David has run numerous critically acclaimed restaurants, including Park Avenue Café, davidburke & donatella, Fishtail by David Burke and David Burke Townhouse.
Take a sip of history as we discuss the Speakeasy. There’s something alluring about a secret place. Someone tips you off, and just like that, you’re into another world.
Back in the days of Prohibition, if you wanted a drink, you’d most likely find yourself in a speakeasy, an illicit establishment that sold booze, often found “underground” in a garage, a basement or attic; even disguised as soda shops, cafes, and entertainment venues. The name “speakeasy” came about to keep these secret places from the authorities – therefore, the need to whisper or “speak easy” when discussing your drinking plans. The only way to gain access to a speakeasy was to know the address and the password of the night. Sometimes it took a special handshake, or you had to tap-out a secret knock on the door. After Prohibition, speakeasies largely disappeared, but in the past decade, they have seen a resurgence. Use today’s NightOwl trending list to experience top ranked drinking dens across the country that do their best to evoke the mood of the past.
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Tonight we share a Nightcap with architect and avid imbiber – Emily Arden Wells. We were intrigued to learn about her blog, Gastronomista.com, a website focused on the culture of cocktails where Emily shares her take on delicious treasures, tipples, and trips around the world. The Gastronomista has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Glamour, Company, Saveur, Gilt Taste, Eater, Coolhunting, Food Republic, Forbes, and much more. She was even featured in a national Blackberry Commercial with the food lovers app, UrbanSpoon and in Ms. Lesley M.M. Blume’s ode to the cocktail, Let’s Bring Back: The Cocktail Edition – Emily was named an “Epic Imbiber and Bon Vivant.” Kudos to you, Emily!
NightOwl:As an architect by day and avid drinker by night, tell us about Gastronomista – how and why you started the blog, how long you’ve been writing about cocktail culture, and what a typical day looks like for you?