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Robert Simonson

  1. grub guides
    Where to Drink Vintage Spirits in New YorkMid-century Campari, actual pre-Prohibition rye, ghost whiskey, and lots more.
  2. cheers
    How the Martini Went From Simple Cocktail to American IconThe literature and films that forever transformed the image of the once-humble drink.
  3. openings
    Can a Famous Actor and 3 Nightlife Experts Really Open a New Dive Bar?At Ray’s, the only thing missing is a decade or two of bad housekeeping.
  4. openings
    A Midwestern Supper Club Has Landed in Bushwick — Is It Any Good?A Wisconsin native weighs in on Brooklyn’s brand-new Badger State import.
  5. closings
    Good-bye to Cucina di Pesce, a Relic of a Kinder, More Generous New YorkA rent hike forced the East Village staple to close its doors for good.
  6. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Daiquiris in New YorkThe seemingly simple rum drink is, perhaps, the best litmus test for a bartender’s skill. These are the bars where it’s best.
  7. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Cosmopolitans in New YorkAt some unexpected spots, you’ll find bartenders who are happy to honor the once-beloved cocktail.
  8. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Negronis in New YorkIt may be impossible to mess this drink up, but there are places that make them much, much better, too.
  9. cosmos!
    How the Inventor of the Cosmopolitan Learned to Embrace the Famous DrinkIt’s been hard to own such a hated drink.
  10. Best of New York
    The Absolute Best Old-Fashioned in New YorkThe six bars where you’ll find the most excellent version of the world’s original cocktail.
  11. Interviews
    How Kenta Goto Opened One of NYC’s Most Unique New Cocktail BarsThe Pegu Club vet discusses his new bar, the differences between Japanese and American bartending styles, and why he sees himself as the Manny Pacquiao of the mixology world.
  12. Drinks
    In Praise of the Gibson, the Classic Cocktail That’s Finally Getting ItsBartenders are embracing the idea that it’s more than just a martini with an onion.
  13. Grub Guides
    6 Brand-New Cocktail Bars Where the Bartenders Are Really in ChargeThere are certain advantages to drinking at bars that also happen to be owned by the people actually making the drinks.
  14. Interviews
    Cocktail Icon Julie Reiner on Her New Book, Her New Bar, and Advice for“I’ve always had a head for business and things that make money.”
  15. Anniversaries
    How Pegu Club Forever Changed the Cocktail GameAudrey Saunders’s influential bar opened nearly 10 years ago, and things haven’t been the same since.
  16. Interviews
    David Wondrich on Cocktail Culture’s Evolution“If you had an old horse you were trying to sell, you would put some ginger up its butt, and it would cock its tail up and be frisky …”
  17. Nightlife
    The Neo-Dives: 9 Bars That Keep New York’s Downscale Drinking TraditionA proper dive takes decades of stasis and neglect, but these bars are spots to go if you want a watering hole that’s adverse to anything too fancy.
  18. Booze News
    Style and Substance: 7 Outstanding Cocktail Menus That Nail Their DesignsEven as drinks get more complicated, bars across America are nailing their menu designs.
  19. Bars
    The Survivors: New York’s Enduring Dive BarsAs the city’s dives close with whiplash-inducing frequency, Robert Simonson looks at six spots that you should visit before it’s too late.