Tag Archives: DRINK

Cleveland, Ohio

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The Velvet Tango Room

This is the place to go if you want a proper cocktail. The Tango Room is one of a handful of bars in the country that makes honest, old-fashioned drinks – the juice is fresh-squeezed, the syrups, bitters and sodas are house-brewed, everything is shaken by hand, and even the ice is specially formulated. Don’t expect anything with sugar on the rim or -tini as a suffix. I like the Apple Brandy Sours in the fall, Manhattans in the winter, Sidecars in the spring, Moscow Mules in the summer, and the French 75 all year long.

Call ahead for reservations in the back room Friday and Saturday nights – you’ll get a password that lets you in through a trick door to the inner sanctuary. Trust me – it’s worth a visit.

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Prosperity Social Club
This is my neighborhood bar of choice. At the back of the bar, there are stacks of old board games you can play, or you can try your hand at the vintage duck-pin bowling machine. It’s like like the rec-room of my dreams, and it’s the only place in the city that I know of where you can sit with a beer and play Connect-Four all night long. The food is pretty good, too.

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Stockholm

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Gondolen is the place to go for a drink – be there a little before the crowd and you might get a seat to
enjoy the spectacular views of Stockholm.

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Gondolen

If you feel like a good cup of coffee, Tvålpalatset is a small bar with a good barista.

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At Chaikhana tea house in Gamla Stan they care about their teas and serve them together with scones or
very tasty snippets of sandwiches. A beautiful place in a beautiful part of the city.

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New York City

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Thé Adoré

A little refuge from the bustle of Union Square, Thé Adoré has a French Country style by way of Japan sensibility and a wide variety of teas, savory snacks and sweets.

 A weathered staircase leads to a rustic, peaceful tearoom punctuated by simple farm tables and chairs. Upstairs, you can order a pot of tea and an impossibly adorable tart and while the afternoon away by the big picture window. The staff is known for being a little particular (they will insist on serving certain teas without milk and don’t even try to ask for jam with your brioche!) but always friendly and they’ll let you stay for hours.

Or, if it’s a nice day, grab a snack to go and take a stroll through near-by Washington Square Park.

Afternoon tea and tart by the window at Thé Adoré.

Afternoon tea and tart by the window at Thé Adoré.

 

 

 

Tailor

If you’re into cocktails but bored with vodka sodas maybe a Masala Hot Toddy, with tamarind syrup and garam masala rum or a Waylon, a concoction of smoked coke syrup and bourbon is more your speed. I like a little adventure in my mixed drinks and Tailor never disappoints. Cocktails are made artfully with incredible attention to detail: my Crumble (brown butter rum, clove and Poiré) was poured into a glass punctuated by one large perfectly square ice cube. You can splurge on dinner upstairs if you like, or fill up on gourmet corn dogs and porkbelly with miso and butterscotch, like we did.

Oh, and the sweet, salty and spicy popcorn, served in modern white vessels, is totally addictive. We went through three bowls.

525 Broome St (between Sullivan St and Thompson St)

New York, NY 10014

(212) 334-5182

Subway: C,E to Spring Street

1 to Canal-Varick St

A, C, E to Canal-Church St.

Tailor’s warm, cavernous bar is the perfect post-shopping spot for a creative cocktail and snack.

Tailor’s warm, cavernous bar is the perfect post-shopping spot for a creative cocktail and snack.

 
 
 

 

Hawaii

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Amuse Wine Bar | 1250 Kapi‘olani Boulevard Honolulu HI 96814 |

 

 

Amuse Wine Bar

Amuse Wine Bar

Remember when you would go crazy at the self-serve soda fountains when you were a kid?  Well, this time around your older and it involves wine!  At Amuse Wine Bar, located in the stylish Honolulu Design Center, you receive a card that keeps track of your drinking, browse through their selection of over 80 wines and fill your glasses up yourself, ounce by ounce. Aren’t we all grown up and fancy now?

 

 

 

Mai Tais | 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard #3247 Honolulu HI 98814 | (808) 947-2900

Mai Tais

Mai Tais

Mai Tais, an island style, open-air bar, is conveniently located in Ala Moana Shopping Center, the world’s largest outdoor mall.  This makes for a great pit stop in between all your shopping or a laidback pau hana (after work) hangout that features live local musicians every night.

 

 

 Jewel or Juice | 3619 Wai‘alae Avenue Honolulu HI 96819 |

 

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My favorite smoothie here is the green tea azuki, which has azuki beans, green tea powder, organic soymilk, nonfat frozen yogurt and honey.  A few of Jewel or Juice’s other unique combinations include peach lychee and coconut ginger.  The one really worth trying that you probably won’t find anywhere else though, is the li hing mui pineapple smoothie.  Li hing mui is made from dried plums and is salty, sweet and sour all at once – it’ll get your saliva flowing!

 

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Oh, and did I mention they also sell beads here?

Western Hemisphere – Lion Pub, San Francisco

Lion's Pub

Lion's Pub

Mojitos!!

Mojitos!!

Unlike many bars today that try to look like a modern, over-the-top bachelor pad, the Lion Pub feels like an intimate gathering of friends in a well-worn home. There are many nooks and crannies where groups of people can actually have conversations without screaming, the dim warm lighting makes the environment private without needing night vision, and best part- there are free appetizers.

2062 Divisadero St.
(between California St & Sacramento St)

(415) 567-6565

 

What's Up Dog?

What's Up Dog?

If nibbling on cheese and crackers isn’t satisfying enough, head on over to What’s Up Dog to grab a signature hot dog around 2 am when the Pub closes.  I had never been to this late night standing-only eatery, but my friends assured me that I wouldn’t be disappointed.  While I am not quite the sausage connoisseur, I loved having choices of over a dozen different varieties of dogs.  

I chose the Sante Fe turkey sausage while my friends ordered specialties such as the Chicago that has a whole lotta everything, the North Beach with mozzarella and tomato sauce, and my favorite was the chili cheese fries that were smothered in gooey goodness.  And for all the veggies out there- no need to steer clear of the dogs, there is even a tofurky dog just for you.

2211 Filbert St @ Fillmore St.

(415) 776-3647

Washington DC – DRINK

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TRYST
COFFEEHOUSE+BAR+LOUNGE
After a night out, my friends and I wind down at Tryst over a cup of chai. It’s so nice to settle into a velvety sofa and chat until the wee hours of the morning.
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Tryst

Tryst

Tryst

There are a wide variety of teas and small Japanese meals to choose from at this cozy teahouse. The Dupont Circle location is best. Try to grab a table next to a window on the second floor. My favorite drinks: iced moroccan mint green tea and ginger limeade

Outside Teaism

Outside Teaism

 

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Teaism

Pfzorheim, Germany – MUST DRINK

German Beer is exquisite. There are around 1300 breweries in Germany and it is a large part of Germany culture . Here are two Brewerys you should visit while traveling to Pfzorheim.

Ketterer received the European Beer Star Award 2008

Ketterer Beer

Ketterer Beer

Brauhaus Beer Can

Brauhaus Beer Can

Brauhaus Brewery

Brauhaus Brewery