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The Best Bars in NYC for Summer
A quick glance at the clock tells you it's 5:45 pm. No one is responding to email requests or phone calls now, let's face facts, the rest of New York has probably already gone home. To hell with it, you're switching off your monitor. There's no issue or inquiry that might arise between now and the time it takes you to get to the elevator that can't possibly wait until tomorrow. Stepping outside you see the sun hangs low in the sky, that's nice – but more importantly, you need a drink. It's the only way the problems and predicaments of the last eight hours can be safely dealt with. Right, where to go...
10 Things I Learned from 30 Days of Not Drinking
Mocktails will save your life. As a casual wine drinker (it's 5 o'clock somewhere), I had to immediately find a substitute beverage for my evenings and social events. Sparkling water became my go-to, either alone or with juices and fresh or frozen fruit (still served in a wine glass for old times' sake). La Croix and cranberry-apple is my staple, but don't forget about smoothies and any (virgin) summer cocktail. When out at the bars, soda water and a lime will keep anyone from asking you where your drink is.
Is Beer Belly Real?
If there's one thing that strikes fear into every dieter's heart when they attend a party, it's the possibility of gaining a beer belly. It's easy to see why; beer belly's not exactly the most attractive thing to see on a person.
Best Wine Delivery Services
Wine is a staple for cultures around the world. Shared over dinner with friends and family, the cure to a long day, even an offering of gratitude or apologies. No matter how wine is received (or consumed), it is almost always appreciated.
Guide to Chilling Red Wine
I feel like I might end up getting crucified by certain oenophiles for writing this, but yes, the world does need a guide to chilling red wine properly.
A Romantic Getaway to Burntshirt Vineyards in the Carolinas
The area around Henderson offers spectacular scenery, quaint bed and breakfasts, and an opportunity to visit one of North Carolina’s best-kept secrets; the Burntshirt Vineyards in Henderson.
History of Wine and Church
The church is not exactly what most people would think of when they are asked to name a champion of partying. However, it'd be a lie to say that the often straight-laced church didn't have a major contribution to the modern bar scene.
How To Open Wine Without a Corkscrew
There was a point where I lived in a warehouse with a bunch of other rag-tag artist individuals. None of us were particularly wealthy, but a lot of us did enjoy our wines. But, unlike the 40s of malt liquor we often drank, wine wasn't always easy to open unless it was the cheap stuff that came in boxes.
Best Wine Bars in NYC
Prior to my current job, I was a food critic. I spent a huge amount of time going to bar after bar, sipping wine and cocktails while I took mental notes on everything from the service, to the ambiance, to the actual cocktails themselves.
Do Hangover Pills Work?
If you have gone to a Whole Foods or even just walked up to a bodega, you have probably seen pills that claim that they can end a hangover or even prevent a hangover. Some pills even suggest that they can help reduce the effect of a hangover brought on by drugs. Many people have seen them, tried them, and have stories about using them.
Rise of the Mobile Wine Bar
We live in a wonderful age of accessible, affordable street food. Food trucks are mobile marvels of modern meal management from which hungry passersby can avail themselves of breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert from virtually any cuisine. With the number of options available having climbed steadily over the past several years, it seemed like time to look at food service areas to which less attention has been devoted. Trucks with beverages, particularly alcohol ones, as their main focus have been slower to propagate than their edibles-based brethren, though it seems that these itinerant drink stations are on the rise as well. After all, why go out to the bar when the bar can be brought to you? The following list of mobile bars touches locales all over the world where indulging your love of wine is as simple as stepping toward the curb.
Best Summer Beers
Summertime is beer season for many of us—and it's understandable why that is. There's just something about cracking open a cold one, drinking it down, feeling the suds dancing in your mouth, and getting that refreshing kick of hops that makes beer a perfect summer choice.