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.
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.
For this week’s nightcap interview we caught up with the rooftop man about town in New York, Ian Magid. Ian is the Programming Director of The DL, The Delancey, and The Attic – some of the hottest rooftops in the city. Grab a drink and enjoy the views as we sit and chat with Ian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
For this week’s nightcap interview we caught up with Zach Mack – entrepreneur, writer, Certified Cicerone, consultant, and beer educator based in New York City. He also happens to own Alphabet City Beer Co., a craft beer store and bar in New York’s East Village along with writing for Thrillist. Does your growler need a refill too? Grab it, and join us, as we sip and chat with Zach.