How to Order a Drink at a Bar Without Sounding Like an Idiot

photo: bogdanhoda (shutterstock) From weddings to breweries to barbecues to plain ol’ bars, alcohol is everywhere. Drinking is a ubiquitous part of our culture, and while it’s easy to stick with the drinks that you know, you might want to learn more about them (or you may be a seasoned drinker and still not know … Read more

Two French Quarter bars make Esquire magazine’s ‘best bars in America’ list | Where NOLA Eats

A balanced blend of spirits for fine cocktails and a nuanced mix of classic and contemporary are defining features of both Jewel of the South and Peychaud’s. Now, the two independent French Quarter bars have each gained some major national recognition, landing on Esquire magazine’s annual listing of the 25 “Best Bars in America.” Both … Read more

Two French Quarter bars make Esquire magazine’s ‘best bars in America’ list | Where NOLA Eats

A balance blend of spirits for fine cocktails and a nuanced mix of classic and contemporary are defining features of both Jewel of the South and Peychaud’s. Now, the two independent French Quarter bars have each gained some major national recognition, landing on Esquire magazine’s annual listing of the 25 “Best Bars in America.” Both … Read more

Juneteenth dinner, lunch, cocktail recipes by NC Black chefs

Durham chef Ricky Moore, owner of the Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham, prepares orders during lunch on April 27, 2016. Moore offers a Strawberry Hibiscus “Spanish” Cocktail for Juneteenth. Juli Leonard jleonard@newobserver.com For many families across the Triangle, Juneteenth is both celebratory and a day of remembrance, complete with a stacked dinner table. If you’re … Read more

Hail to the Grape Ape, the Unsung Legend of Minneapolis

“HOME OF THE GRAPE APE.” Those words, written in neon tubes and hung on the balcony rail of the Loon Cafe, are some of the only hype devoted to the Grape Ape in Minneapolis. At the downtown bar, bartenders prepare the 4.5-oz. cocktails on instinct: Three Olives Citrus, sour mix, Buddy’s grape soda, two straws. … Read more