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The 10 Best Restaurants for Booze in America

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By Laura Zolman Kirk May 07, 2018 Bar Management
Join us in a toast to 10 restaurants with killer beverage programs, and learn what you can steal from each one.
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Iron Gate | Washington, D.C.

With a wine list focusing on small producers making sustainably grown and harvested wines from Greece and southern Italy, wine director Oliver Meade showcases curated varieties that are accessible to everyone. And, like spirits manager Nick Farrell’s cocktail menu featuring seasonal, local southern Italian and Greek spirits, Meade’s list is on brand with Iron Gate’s food menu, pulling influence from the same regions.

Pairings, then, come naturally. “You may start your meal with a cocktail made with [Amaro] Averna and sparkling wine, sail across the Aegean next trying grilled octopus paired with Assyrtiko, and be further transported by finishing your meal with a dessert of loukoumades (fried Greek honey dumplings) paired with a digestif of Amaro Lucano,” Farrell says. “Every touch of your experience is going to convey a sense of place, as though you’re bouncing from island to island in the Mediterranean.”

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