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America’s Hardest Drinking City 2008 – Austin, Texas

Milwaukee, “America’s Drinking Hole,” has lost its status as the Hardest-Drinking City in America to a worthy opponent, Austin, Texas.

Known for its live music, thriving nightlife district, and the University of Texas, Austin is tops in alcohol consumption in 2008 according to Forbes Magazine. There is even an annual cocktail throwdown. With that many college students, music, and barbecue there is bound to be some drinking. In runner-up Milwaukee’s defense, they keep their college … Read more

Hospital-Themed Bars

Finally recovering after having my appendix explode a week ago, I am finally able to get back to sharing the wonderful world of cocktails with you all. Writing this from my hospital bed, I thought it would be fun to see what I could find in the way of medical- or hospital-themed bars and drinks. Good thing themed bars are all the rage!

I found bars in Australia, Japan, and one in Singapore named “The … Read more

St. Francis Cocktail – Clock Bar – San Francisco

Building on the success of his restaurant at the St. Francis Hotel, Michael Mina has converted a former jewelry store into a bar worthy of a scene out of Mad Men.

The bar was designed in “neo-mod” style, reminiscent of cocktail lounges 50 years ago. I was impressed by the extensive cocktail menu, fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Hats off to the friendly staff and amazing cocktails.

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Mad Men Lives – Agency Bars Are Back

Drinking and advertising go hand in hand. It just does, that is the way it is. I’ll never forget the head of an agency, where I once worked, proudly displaying the kegerator he had just put in. Every Friday, we let ad sales people buy us a keg. Not a bad deal.

Ad Age reports the resurgence of the in house ad agency bar. They have also put together a list of the best agency … Read more

Odessa – NYC

Odessa is a great late night place in the Alphabet City. Party dive bar part dinner with home cooking. (At least, that is what the sign says.)

Ziggy, thanks for the tip and great time!

Odessa – NYC
119 Ave A
New York, NY 10009-5820

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London Tube Drinkfest

June 1st marked the end of legal drinking on the London Underground. Bummer. Upset about this turn of events, at least 50,000 protesters stormed the Tube to ride the trains for one last drunken time. Several stations around London had to be closed due to overcrowding and all around drunken “mayhem.”

See the mayhem set to “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. Why not?

Tube drinks party sparks mayhem [BBC]

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The Ultimate Scotch Lovers Trip

Perfect for Father’s Day, Chivas Regal is offering a once in a lifetime journey to Scotland for two. The $120,000 week-long trip includes:

    First class airfare, helicopter and ground transportation
    Lodging, a private mansion with a full-service staff, world-class hospitality
    Privately prepared meals from one of Scotland’s most acclaimed chefs
    A round of golf at the World famous St. Andrew’s Link
    An intimate dinner with the Duke of Argyll at his home, Inveraray Castle (a

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America’s Most Sparkling City

[yellow tail] wines recently unveiled the top 10 nominees for “America’s Most Sparkling City,” a contest “designed to uncover the most animated, brilliant, lively and vivacious city in the United States,” said Mark Lyle, vice president of marketing for [yellow tail] wines. “We thought honoring the cities across the United States that make Americans feel the most ‘switched on’ would be a fun way to remind them to ‘always sparkle.’”

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Garden Creek Vineyards

On Saturday, I was invited to Garden Creek Vineyard to celebrate the release of their 2003 vintage. The family owned winery is one of the first fully-sustainable wineries in California. Our hosts Karin, Justin, Elsa, and Leif make some wonderful wine on this Alexander Valley Ranch. A setting so perfect, it almost makes me want to leave the city. Almost.

Karin tells us a bit more about the wine. Press Play.

Garden Creek Vineyards

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Boston Says No to Bottle Service

In a reversal of the fast-growing trend, Boston has banned bottle service.

Most people see bottle service with VIP treatment at a hot club in a big city a special treat and a perk of being able to afford spendy bottles of booze. But one Boston official disagrees and is cracking down on the clubs that offer bottle service to their clients. His argument? That the price of the bottle causes patrons to feel they

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