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.
We recently sat down with bartending royalty, Chris Lowder, the former Head Bartender at the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea. As Head Bartender, Chris was responsible for cocktail creation and beverage menu curation for the hotel’s six bars and restaurants. In its opening year (2016), his flagship bar Charles H. was named by Drinks International as the 8th Best Hotel Bar in the World, Best Bar in Korea, and took 52nd spot on 100 Best Bars in the World. In the same year, Chris was also nominated by Tales of the Cocktail as International Bartender of the Year, so, yeah, he’s kind of a big deal. Grab yourself a Singapore Sling while we rap with Chris….
You’re craving a good brew. And in the age of the craft beer, there is no shortage of pints to be found. But it is a jungle out there– how to tell one saison from the next. What separates the great craft beer halls from the rest is an expert steward manning taps, able to guide you through the many options.
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…