Have the winter blues? Seems like the world is upside down lately? Do ya just need a good laugh? We feel you. This time of year is always tough, and this year seems a little tougher, which is why you need to kick those endorphins into overdrive and run, don’t walk, to the nearest comedy club. Comedy clubs are where all of your favorite comedians hone their craft and you never know who might stop in. Just last week, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, and Dave Chappelle all crashed the same show at the same New York club on the same night! If you’re feeling blue, or off your game, or for whatever ails you, laughter is the best medicine. Well, except for a VD; penicillin is probably the best medicine for a VD, but you know what we mean. Seriously, good luck with your VD. But go to a comedy club anyway.
This week we share a nightcap with a whiskey educator who is responsible for the trade education and advocacy for the entire whiskey portfolio at Diageo (Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit, Talisker, Lagavulin, J&B to name just a few!). Impressive? We’re drooling right now! A cocktail enthusiast and whiskey advocate – Todd is the kind of guy you want to be stuck on a desert island with, provided he’s bringing the whiskey. So pour yourself three fingers of your favorite brown spirit and belly up as we meet Todd Richman.
If you’re a real estate novelist, in the Navy, a waitress practicing politics, or a businessman slowly getting stoned, you probably know that feeling you get when you’re in a bar and your song comes on – it makes you want to just start belting it out as loud as you can, right? Well if you’re at a piano bar, that’s not only acceptable, it’s expected! Whether you want to channel your inner Billy Joel and sing along to classics, hear a bunch of professional singers sing your favorite show tunes, or just enjoy being around happy people singing and having fun, a piano bar is for you. And while most people will be happy to take your requests, try to be more specific than “Son, can you play me a memory?”
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:
¡Hola Amigos! For this week’s Nightcap exclusive, we’re excited to sit down and have a drink with Neil Grosscup, the CEO and maker of Tanteo Tequila. Tanteo takes ultra premium blanco tequila and infuses it with fresh peppers, putting a modern twist on tradition, and lending itself to some amazing cocktails. Grab a seat and a spicy margarita as we dive into Neil’s story.
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