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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bartender's Notebook: Erik Mariscal brings a chef's attitude to his bar at Westport's Local Pig

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 12:19 PM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

By now, any variation of the phrase “fresh, local, seasonal ingredients” has become something of a cliché, even for a cocktail menu. So when Bridger’s Bottle Shop and Preservation Market reopened as the Local Pig in Westport three months ago, it seemed predictable that those words would show up on its new bar menu. But there’s seasonal and then there’s a cocktail program that comes on like a vegetable patch. Friends, I’m talking about drinks that pair butternut squash and Jameson, tomatillo salsa and tequila.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bartender's Notebook: Arturo Vera-Felicie brings his lab-ready wizardry to Justus Drugstore

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 8:10 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

The bar at Smithville’s Justus Drugstore is small, with just a half-dozen seats in front of it and, behind it, a claustrophobic array of bottles covering the shelves and countertop. The place looks, perhaps, one wholesale delivery away from needing a PODS unit. Not every vessel is commercial — dozens of glass jars and vials contain liquids in various hues, labeled with marker on simple strips of masking tape: house infusions, bitters, liqueurs. For a pro, this station isn’t just a bar. It’s a laboratory.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Tannin's Barry Tunnell opens some winter wines

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 8:03 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

"I personally consider myself a very seasonal drinker,” says Barry Tunnell, the bookish manager and wine buyer at the downtown restaurant Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen. With his wire-rimmed glasses, shoulder-length hair, lean face and quiet voice, he could be mistaken for an especially approachable librarian. And Tannin, which he has run since its 2011 opening, could be mistaken for a library of wines. The list’s intimidation factor, in fact, is why I’m here.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Presenting your local guide to Black Friday happy hours

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 1:58 PM

An example of a beverage you may find yourself enjoying on Black Friday. (Thou Mayest) - ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman
  • An example of a beverage you may find yourself enjoying on Black Friday. (Thou Mayest)

Look at you. You're a smart person of the world. You're not about to stand in line at Target or camp outside Macy's in the chilly Black Friday air in hopes that you'll nab that premium, limited-edition avocado slicer. No, you - you gorgeous, cultured thing, you - you're going to be relaxing somewhere, drink in hand, happily sheltered from the mobs of mad shoppers clamoring for deals on this most unholy of days. 

But where shall your refuge be? Lo, we have here assembled a list of bars offering happy hours or specials on Black Friday. We've especially considered the havens inside or around shopping centers, in case you have been dragged along by your significant other or a merciless family member. Cheers.

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Bartender's Notebook: Vic Rodriguez makes careful magic at Thou Mayest

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 8:09 AM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

Vic Rodriguez has thought all week about the cocktail he’s going to prepare for me. When I sit down at his bar at Thou Mayest, early on a Friday afternoon, he begins to tell me about the elaborate concoction he has in mind. It makes me feel a little bad.

“That sounds fantastic,” I tell him, “but the idea is to put you on the spot a little bit.”

I also remind Rodriguez that at least one of his creations today must involve coffee. Thou Mayest has the benefit, after all, of having both a terrific coffee program and a fine liquor selection.

He takes my heartless derailing of his plans in stride and says simply, “Do you have a base liquor in mind?”

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: Behind the bar at 715, Katrina Weiss holds nothing back

Posted By on Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Weiss and Corcoran brainstorm - ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman
  • Weiss and Corcoran brainstorm

It’s a hazy, gray Monday when Caitlin Corcoran and I arrive at Lawrence’s 715 Restaurant to meet Katrina Weiss, the recently promoted bar manager there. Corcoran throws herself onto a bar stool, eyes bright, smile wide. She has known Weiss since 2008, when the two were both University of Kansas students working a block away at Vermont Street BBQ, but they don’t get together much these days, Corcoran says, separated as they are by a state line and a 40-minute drive.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

With J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey, Ryan Maybee resurrects a KC classic

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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This week, Kansas City's whiskey-loving population has a completely legitimate reason to spend a few hours imbibing after work: the introduction of the much-anticipated J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey. On Monday, Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey hit local shelves and bars. Ryan Maybee, co-owner at the Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange and its sublevel speakeasy, Manifesto, and co-founder of the resurrected J. Rieger & Co. label, says that to date, 58 local bars are carrying the product - and the number keeps rising. 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bartender's Notebook: RecordBar's Clarence Draper resets our shot clock

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

ZACH BAUMAN
  • Zach Bauman

Three p.m. on a weekday isn’t really when you’re supposed to do shots.

Those liquid thimbles of freedom are better served at, say, a bachelorette party or just before a club show’s headliner comes out or over Sunday brunch. But here I am, inside a nearly empty RecordBar, looking at jiggers as the midafternoon sunlight tiptoes away through the windows. The full weight of my assignment has begun to register.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pee Party: District Pour House + Kitchen

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Urinating in Waldo.
  • Urinating in Waldo.
Pee Party is an irregular column in which we investigate restrooms around town. 

A perk of living in one place for a long time is the civic knowledge that builds up by watching establishments turn over. To be able to rattle off a list of a commercial building's previous tenants is, for a sad man like myself, one of life's small joys. I especially like to butt into conversations and say things like, "Yeah, back in the early ’90s, when Bier Station was a Circle K..."

Waldo is full of places that used to be other places. District Pour House + Kitchen, which opened last year at 7122 Wornall, replaced the Gaf, an Irish pub, which operated in the space for eight years, starting back in 2005. Before that, it was for many decades home to Romanelli Grill, a restaurant known for its catfish, ancient clientele, and cancerous levels of secondhand smoke. 

I'm too young by about 40 years to have ever hung out at Romanelli Grill, but I did some time at the Gaf. It was a little pricey for a man of my...earnings...but I appreciated that it was usually open late on weeknights and that it was reliably dark, as any authentic Irish pub should be. District is going for a brighter, livelier atmosphere, which is probably wise. It was packed last Friday night when I stopped by for a drink with my folks, who live nearby. I recommend the Smoke n' Clove — bourbon, honey, brown sugar syrup, muddled orange, square ice cube. On to the restrooms. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Port Fonda's Caitlin Corcoran won the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition last night

Posted By on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

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Last night, at the Paris of the Plains Bartending Competition, Port Fonda's Caitlin Corcoran beat out 11 other finalists (all of whom were male, for what it's worth). This is the second year in a row that a woman has taken home the crown; last year, the American's Paige Unger won the competition. 

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