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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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Field notes from Eater editors about recent meals around New York City BLACKTAIL The theme here is an American bar during the prohibition, in Cuba. And yet, it works! I can’t say I care for the 1990’s TGIFridays pager that was given to me as I waited for a table, but once I was seated … Continue reading Eaters’ Journal 9/2/2016: The Tang, Sunken Hundred, BlackTail, and More

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Summer doesn’t officially end for another few weeks, but we all know it’s pretty much over. Labor Day marks the unofficial demise of beach season, so it’s time to start thinking about adapting to the shifting weather. One of the best ways to do that is through seasonal drinking, where fruity and light cocktails get swapped … Continue reading 7 Bartenders Share Recipes for Their Ideal Fall Cocktails

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New bars spring up every week across the country, many opened by cocktail pioneers or up-and-coming bar folk. Summer and early fall usher in some notable newcomers, from a Cuban-themed concept (think Havana’s glory days) from one of the most celebrated bar teams in the world to an under-the-radar ramen bar that dabbles in molecular … Continue reading The 7 Brand-New American Bars You Should Be Visiting

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1 – Pineapple Milk This drink could be a desert with its creamy sweetness.

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Around here, we know a thing or two about cocktails. Like food and fashion, your cocktail choice should switch up with the change of season. Enter MILK PUNCH: a milk-based adult beverage traditionally made with brandy or bourbon, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and topped with nutmeg. While there’s nothing like the classic take on a … Continue reading Got Milk (Punch)?: Where to Drink Them in NYC

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Even as you approach the waterfront Pier Harbor house where NYC’s BlackTail bar is enclosed, something feels different. To your left you can make out a view of the green, glowing Statue of Liberty across the River Hudson’s inky waters, and you’re greeted by a gentleman at the door’s exterior who asks how many are … Continue reading Taking a Step Back in Time at BlackTail, New York’s Cuban Prohibition-Era Bar

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New York City bars craft cola-based drinks that take the soda in new and unexpected directions.. including BlackTail’s Rum & Cola. Read more

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As of 10:21 a.m. EDT Thursday morning, fall has officially begun. While the weeks between Labor Day and the autumnal equinox feel often like a cruel reminder of now distant summer vacations and relaxing days spent at the beach, we can finally put the season in our rearview mirror and get on with our lives. … Continue reading Where to Eat, Drink, and Think This Fall

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It’s only a whiskey stone’s throw away from the Dead Rabbit—Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry’s exceptionally successful cocktail bar on Water Street (dubbed the World’s Best Bar at 2015’s Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards)—but the sequel from the renowned team couldn’t be further away in terms of theme. Where the original tavern looked to the … Continue reading On Our Radar: BlackTail

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This season brings with it a number of important bar openings, notable not only for their impressive drink lists and the individuals behind them, but also for the industry trends that they embody. Pared-down tropical drinks, Cuban classics, all-out tiki, old Chartreuse and natural wine are, not too surprisingly, all represented here, but so are Middle … Continue reading The Most Notable New Bars in America, Fall 2016

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Whether you like it or not, fall is here. Let us not mourn the loss of margaritas and rosé in the city—instead let’s welcome the autumn with some great new bars opening this fall in NYC. Blacktail Brought to you by the team behind the legendary cocktail club The Dead Rabbit, Blacktail is fashioned with … Continue reading New and Upcoming Bars to Check Out This Fall in NYC

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There’s no question that New York City has played host to literature’s most noteworthy names— from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald. For those seeking to emulate their historical heroes, we’ve pulled together a handful of NYC bars either inspired or formerly frequented by legendary literary geniuses. BlackTail is a new Prohibition-inspired bar with Havana … Continue reading 8 Bookish NYC Bars That Were Inspired or Frequented by Literary Legends

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