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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

At the 403 Club, Dan Myers builds a beast of a bloody mary

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Myers hams it up for the photos. - ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman
  • Myers hams it up for the photos.

The sun is bright and heavy on the early Sunday afternoon when I visit the 403 Club in Kansas City, Kansas. But from inside this storied establishment, I can barely make out any evidence of the world beyond, just a few slivers of light straining through the blinds. The eight pinball machines lining the back wall blink coquettishly, waiting for someone’s hands to grip them. The small bar’s 10 stools are nearly all claimed, with bartender Dan Myers taking care of business during his one weekly shift at this final-outpost dive. (His regular gigs are at Westport’s Port Fonda and Ça Va.)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Ryan Rama talks to us about curaçao at CoCo Bolos

Posted By on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

Michael Smith’s new CoCo Bolos is nestled within the theme-park-like maze of residential and retail development called PrairieFire, at 135th Street and Nall, and it took me three laps to get to it. By the time I sat down at the Mexican restaurant’s expansive bar, I felt like I had earned a drink. Ryan Rama was ready to meet my needs.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Paige Unger brings new flavors to the American Restaurant's bar

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

The American Restaurant's stately dining room is silent and as carefully arranged as a movie still when I stop by early one afternoon to meet Paige Unger. Tables are fully set with china and glassware, and scalloped white-oak fixtures artfully diffuse light.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Bar Rosso's Kenny Cohrs showcases the versatility of Aperol

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

For months, I'd heard about Bar Rosso's Kenny Cohrs. Whenever I talked to a bartender around town, his name seemed to come up - and not without a touch of envy, given that Cohrs' corner of the local cocktail world is part of the sleek, modern Rosso restaurant, on the seventh floor of Hotel Sorella. Everyone seemed to refer to him as "the king of Aperol."

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Voltaire's Ryan Miller talks drinking for charity during Negroni Week, June 2-8

Voltaire's Ryan Miller talks drinking for charity during Negroni Week, June 2-8.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Miller's "Island in the Sun." - ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman
  • Miller's "Island in the Sun."

The handsome bar at Voltaire is all but empty as happy hour begins at 4 p.m. on a recent Friday. This is fortunate because it means that Ryan Miller, Voltaire's lead bartender and permanent fixture, is eagerly awaiting cocktail orders. And I have a long list. 

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  • Voltaire's Ryan Miller talks drinking for charity during Negroni Week, June 2-8.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Trying Pimm's No. 1 at Affäre

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 8:15 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

When I walk into Affäre at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday, the tables are immaculately laid with pristine white linens and brightly polished place settings. The big room is empty, making the walk to the immense concrete bar at the back of the restaurant feel long. Chelsea Almeida, Affäre's dedicated head bartender, gives me a bright smile when I find her.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Julep Cocktail Club is off to the races in Westport

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Derby day at Julep.
  • Derby day at Julep.
Afternoon drinking, horses, gambling - there is much to love about the Kentucky Derby and its accompanying celebrations. Last Saturday, the most appropriate local establishment to take in the race seemed especially obvious: Julep Cocktail Club, the just-opened, low-country-themed whiskey bar in Westport.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rock & Brews, theme restaurant from Kiss founders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, opens next month in Overland Park

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Lick it up.
  • Lick it up.
Kiss, a rock group with an enthusiasm for money that borders on the grotesque, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month. That should help soften the blow from the cancellation, two years ago, of Gene Simmons' despicable and fake reality TV show about his family.

For Kansas Citians, there's a new way to give your hard-earned money to Gene "I am a capitalist pig; I will charge you for everything I do" Simmons and fellow member Paul Stanley: Dine at Rock & Brews, their theme restaurant in Overland Park!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Bartender's Notebook: Looking for Chartreuse at Manifesto

Posted By on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

When I ask for Tex at Manifesto, the man in question laughs and darts his eyes around the dark basement bar, as if he's surprised to hear that a patron might know him by his longtime nickname. But the man known aboveground as Jonathan Bush has a reputation among cocktail-loving Kansas Citians. So my self-imposed mission - getting savvy bartenders to make me interesting drinks with unusual ingredients - requires that I check in early with Tex.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Bartender's Notebook: Asking for Cynar at Voltaire

Posted By on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 10:36 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

My cocktail orders are usually specific, down to the garnish. But the highly skilled Ryan Miller has taken it upon himself to re-educate me ever since my first trip to Voltaire. The restaurant's head bartender has never led me astray, and I'm happy to be at his mercy. This time, though, he's at mine.

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