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So I didn’t make it to Cuba this year. Come to think of it, I didn’t even make it to Little Havana in Miami. So what do I do in New York City when I’m thirsting for a Cuban cocktail? The answer is found in a second-story walk-up called BlackTail. It’s all the way at … Continue reading BlackTail Serves Cuban Cocktails From Another Time

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London is back to being the world’s top city for cocktails. That’s according to the annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, which awarded the top spot to the American Bar and The Savoy Hotel. London also claimed second place with Dandelyan, another hotel bar inside the Mondrian, and had the most bars of … Continue reading The Best Bars in The World for 2017

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Cry Baby at BlackTail If you’re in the mood to make your tastebuds tingle, this creation from the Prohibition Era and Cuban-inspired bar BlackTail blends Dales Pimento with cinnamon, Rum Fire, ginger, Giffard Banane, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Brugal 1888, and Mount Gay XO. You might shed a tear (or two). 22 Battery Pl. 2nd … Continue reading 12 FALL-THEMED COCKTAILS TO TRY IN NEW YORK RIGHT NOW

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Cuba is inarguably the home of the Daiquiri, thanks to the 200-year (and counting!) legacy of El Floridita, the historic Cuban bar widely credited for inventing the Frozen Daiquiri in Vieja Havana. However, various levels of travel restrictions have made it difficult to visit the storied Caribbean island — unless you’re lucky enough to be … Continue reading Five Ways to Experience Cuba on the Edge of Downtown NYC

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“When I lived in Financial District, it was busy Monday through Friday and a wasteland during the weekend,” says Jack McGarry, the bartender behind The Dead Rabbit and BlackTail, both in New York City’s downtown neighborhood. “That’s changing.” Once home to steakhouses and sports bars, the southernmost tip of Manhattan is seeing a groundswell of the … Continue reading NYC’s Banker Bro Financial District Is Becoming a Restaurant Destination

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At this year’s Tales of the Cocktail—the largest and most prestigious spirits and cocktail trade show in the US—New York City’s BlackTail at Pier A took home the award for “Best New American Cocktail Bar.” It wasn’t much of a surprise as the gentleman behind it also founded The Dead Rabbit, consistently ranked one of … Continue reading BlackTail’s Gangsterismo New Cocktail Menu

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It’s that time of year again. The steamy, summer soiree held in New Orleans, where bartenders, cocktail lovers and industry insiders gather to celebrate all things booze related. Tales of the Cocktail — a five-day event held each July — is chock full of lectures, parties, dinners and samplings, all in the name of what’s new in … Continue reading 2017 bar trends from the industry’s biggest annual event

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A Cuban-inspired bar in New York City was just named the best new cocktail bar in America. BlackTail, which is designed to mimic the decadent American bars in Cuba during Prohibition, was crowned “Best New American Cocktail Bar” at 2017 Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans. “We are proud and humbled to win … Continue reading NYC’s BlackTail Named Best New Cocktail Bar in America

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National Tequila Day is July 24, so it’s only natural that we mark this somewhat dubious “holiday” by celebrating the world’s most popular agave-based spirit. We all know about classic tequila-spiked cocktails like margaritas and palomas. But how about tequila in drinks that traditionally aren’t comprised of tequila, from sturdy favorites like the martini and Old Fashioned to fanciful craft cocktails being … Continue reading 20 Cocktails that are event better with Tequila

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Devoid of jacked-up Wall Street traders on the weekends, New York’s financial district morphs into a surprising oasis of calm, its slender streets mercifully quiet. Except for the children. They’ve congregated on the Bowling Green, a narrow strip of park, to snap selfies with Fearless Girl, the defiant bronze sculpture installed here in stockbroker-land ahead of … Continue reading New York’s Financial District is an Unlikely Weekend Getaway

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Many of today’s top cocktail bars don’t just impress you with what’s in the glass, they also aim to wow you with the sheer creativity of their menus and the way their drinks are presented and conceptualized. These are eight of the most inventive cocktail menus from across the country, from graphic novel thrillers to … Continue reading The 8 Most Inventive Cocktail Menus in The Country:

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BlackTail The award-winning team behind The Dead Rabbit opened Blacktail earlier this year, its homage to American bars thatmoved to Cuba during Prohibition. Guests are greeted at this Battery Park City bar with a frozen daiquiri and an 88-page menu offering nearly 50 cocktails. Drinks are broken into five categories — highball, punch, sour, old-fashioned, … Continue reading Where to Drink Right Now

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BlackTail’s Jess Vida shows off his modern take on a rum & cola, perfect for summer!

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 Make the sugar cane-based spirit your go-to drink. Rum & Cola Blacktail, New York, $16 Bar manager Jesse Vida’s elevated Cuba libre (aka rum and Coke) includes house-made cola syrup and Bacardi Facundo Neo, a mild blend of rums aged as long as eight years. Bitters and Fernet-Branca add herbaceousness; Champagne provides the bubbles. “Champagne … Continue reading It’s The Summer of Rum:

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It’s been another buzzing year for the New York bar scene and to toast 2017’s exceptional barrooms and the teams behind them, Time Out New York is hosting another illustrious edition of its annual Bar Awards. This year, Time Out has enlisted a powerhouse panel of industry experts to crown the city’s best drinking spots, from innovative cocktail bars to brainy wine … Continue reading Meet The Finalists of New York 2017 Bar Awards

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Altogether, new to the family BlackTail is New York’s latest addition to Cuban destinations. It pours a glass of nostalgia at the tip of Manhattan.

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He didn’t have the easiest start in life, but Jesse Vida turned himself around. He tells Hamish Smith his story Jesse Vida is preparing his station at the Bloomsbury Club Bar in central London ahead of his guest shift. The Black Tail head bartender says he’s lucky to be here. And not just London. If … Continue reading Jesse Vida, Rebel with a Cause

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Bartenders will tell you a daiquiri is a good way to judge whether a cocktail bar has mastered the fundamentals. Perfectly balancing the spirituous (rum), sweet (sugar), and acidic (lime) elements of this classic cocktail is not easy; and so, while many of the daiquiris being served at the best bars around town are quite … Continue reading The Absolute Best Daiquiris in New York

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Creating a great cocktail menu is hard. Like really hard. It can take months, or even years, to curate a document that’s insightful and inspiring. Naren Young has lived for the last two decades on both sides of the bar. In this ongoing series, he dives deep into cocktail menus from around the globe revealing what makes … Continue reading The Secrets of A Great Cocktail Menu

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With winter finally in the rearview, it’s time for appropriate drinks! BlackTail’s Jesse Vida shows us the recipe for a classic daiquiri, perfect for warmer weather.

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Hottest Bars in NYC Say what you want about NYC’s dwindling club scene, but the fact remains: The Big Apple is still the nightlife epicenter of America and possibly the world. In our quarterly update, check out 10 new bars that are currently burning things up with killer cocktails, craft beers and more. Did we miss … Continue reading Hottest Bars in NYC

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 Pregaming is an art and a science. It sets the tone for the night ahead while physically and mentally preparing you for the festivities. In our “Pregaming With” series, we ask our favorite bartending pros how to do it right. Jesse Vida knows about drinks. Before becoming the head bartender and manager of BlackTail—a Prohibition era-inspired … Continue reading Pregaming with Jesse Vida of BlackTail

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IN THE U.S., St. Patrick’s Day usually means lots of green beer and cheap whiskey, typically ad nauseum. (And, often, literally to the point of nausea.) But let’s say you’re tired of serving up the same old swill—what then? The answer: Step up your cocktail game with these inspired next-level mixes that capture the Irish … Continue reading 5 Irish whiskey cocktails that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

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If you’re looking for the best cocktails in the world, head to the airport. And then stay there. In a new perk for business and high-end frequent flyers, Virgin Atlantic has been teaming up with a number of renowned cocktail bars to serve a limited menu of signature cocktails at the airline’s Clubhouse lounges. The … Continue reading VIRGIN ATLANTIC’S LATEST PERK WILL MAKE YOU WANNA CELEBRATE FOR THE HELL OF IT

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A great hotel can be the highlight of your trip, the key that unlocks a location, even a destination in itself. Which is why we celebrate the latest trailblazing properties: the ones that elevated design, redefined wellness, whetted our appetites, and reminded us that true hospitality is always in style. And don’t miss our 2017 … Continue reading 9 Reasons to Love New York

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If it’s one thing New Yorkers are serious about, it’s their alcohol. So we sat down with Jesse Vida, the head mixologist at BlackTail to get the inside scoop on one of the best cocktail bars in NYC. You work at one of the best cocktail bars in NYC. What do you enjoy most about … Continue reading Behind the Scenes at the Best Cocktail Bar in NYC

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Craft cocktails — those artful, mixologist-created drinks that are often a lure at chic bars and restaurants — are now finding their way into the airline industry, too. As of mid-January, for example, Virgin Atlantic Upper Class fliers departing from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey can head to the airline’s Clubhouse, the lounge … Continue reading Airlines Hitch a Ride on the Cocktail’s Coattails

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BLACKTAIL From the team behind The Dead Rabbit, BlackTail is a bar inspired by Prohibition-era Cuba, when booze-seeking New Yorkers would head to the island via seaplanes with black-painted tails. Since the planes would fly over Pier A, the bar’s Pier A Harbor House is a fitting location — though you’ll have to use your … Continue reading NYC’s Best New Restaurants and Bars from August

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With Labor Day upon us, having your bar ready for an extended weekend of festivities is a must. And since we’re looking to get one last sun fix instead of being stuck in the kitchen before summer ends, we’re all about low-maintenance batchable cocktails. Trade in your punch bowl for this elevated version of one … Continue reading Rum & Cola

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BlackTail bar manager Jesse Vida can still remember buying his first two behind the bar reads: Imbibe and The Savoy Cocktail Book. “From there it was full steam ahead,” he says, recounting his move from San Francisco to New York, where he landed his first East Coast job at Booker & Dax. He continued to spend three … Continue reading Behind the Bar: BlackTail

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