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Regional Finalists for 2016 Star of the Bar Competition Announced

The National Restaurant Association announced the six finalists of the 2016 Regional Star of the Bar Market Challenge, who will compete in the upcoming Star of the Bar Finals at BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) as part of the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Whiskies Win 10 Top Awards

Buffalo Trace Distillery was awarded 10 top awards at the North America Whiskies & Spirits Conference in New York where the World Whiskies Awards were announced, including Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Bourbon, named the overall winner for Best Age Statement Bourbon.

Palette 22 Debuts New Beverage Program

Palette 22, the newest venture from Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) located in the heart of The Village at Shirlington at 4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, Virginia, unveils its new beverage program to pair with the menus of globally inspired small plates.

Smoke on the Water

Cocktails starring perfect crystalline ice are among the hallmarks of today’s quality bars. Often, these mighty cubes and spheres, which add much-needed chill, texture, and viscosity, are chiseled straight from a sleek chainsaw-cut block by an adventurous bartender.

FSR Rising Stars to Present at BevCon Charleston

BevCon Charleston is a multi-day curated event in Charleston, South Carolina, from August 21—24 that brings together national and international beverage and culinary minded professionals.

Strip House Las Vegas Presents 305 Cocktail for $305

In honor of the Miami-based Latin performer Pitbull offering a seven-night limited engagement at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Strip House Las Vegas debuts its “305 Cocktail” priced at $305.

Crafting Bitters and Breaking Barriers

When Chris McNeal came on as beverage director at Bar Dupont in Washington, D.C., he was tasked with finding a purpose for an unused alcove in the corner of the bar. The small space didn’t scream possibility, and yet, McNeal’s creative repurposing has given Bar Dupont a new reason for its destination status.

Spirits Continue to Gain Momentum in Sales

On-premise traffic during the first four weeks of 2016 was dampened by winter storm Jonas (1.3 percent year over year decrease). The four weeks through February showed modest improvement (0.8 percent decrease year over year), trending above rolling 12-week (1.

El Centro D.F. To Debut Tequila To Taste List

Known for its impressive tequila collection with over 250 tequilas, Richard Sandoval’s vibrant Taqueria and Tequileria, El Centro D.F., with locations on 14th Street and in Georgetown in the Washington, D.

A. Smith Bowman Bourbon Wins Top Prize

Abraham Bowman Port Finished Bourbon from A. Smith Bowman Distillery was awarded World’s Best Bourbon at the North America Whiskies & Spirits Conference in New York, where the World Whiskies Awards were announced.

Cocktail Accessories

Finally ensconced at a table in one of the world’s most acclaimed bars, I was thrilled—to gawk at the regal room, to see the much-buzzed team of disciplined bartenders at work, and to take my first sip of the delicate sherry cocktail I ordered.

Marrying Plate and Glass

As a beverage consultant and bar manager at Provision No. 14 in Washington, D.C., Chad Spangler says that until the last decade, the beverage programs he observed at most American restaurants were more or less uniform across all segments.

Margaritas Makes National Margarita Day A Weekend-Long Celebration

From February 19 to 22, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, the home of award-winning margaritas and fresh Mexican cuisine, will host National Margarita Day Weekend: a Primary for the Drinking Party where $5 margaritas and free giveaways are the only issues worth fighting over.