Alcohol Professor: Sinning in Sydney

After more hours than I want to count neatly folded into the capsules that comprise coach service on most major American air carriers, I stepped into Sydney, Australia with only a single thought in my mind: I needed a drink.

Alcohol Professor: London’s Historic Pubs

Like every city in the UK, London has no shortage of public houses both historic and haunted. And as I do any time I’m in a city in the UK, I vowed to cram as many of them as I could into one increasingly tipsy tour of the town’s pubs

Expedition Ireland: Dublin

Despite the evidence so far presented, Dublin was more than just a non-stop tour of whiskey and bars. The city was in the midst of its annual Bram Stoker Festival, which included storytelling, art, and roving packs of vampires handing out penny dreadfuls.

From the Martinez to the Vesper: The Mythology of Martinis

Like many of the most famous cocktails, the Martini is at its foundation and most widely accepted recipe, exceptionally simple: gin and vermouth, with an olive or twist of lemon peel for garnish. Nothing more. Stirred, actually, not shaken. And yet, as simple as that recipe is, few cocktails have as many variations and corruptions…

Alcohol Professor: Bride of Booooozy Tales

This year marks a special edition of Boooo-zy Tales on Alcohol Professor, because we’re bringing it to you live – or are we – from Dublin, Ireland. Like every big town in Europe, Dublin is one of the most haunted. And like many pubs in that part of the world, many of Dublin’s pubs are haunted…

Meet Me at the Savoy

The Savoy Hotel was the home away from headquarters for British Intelligence during the Second World War. It was a hospital during the Blitz. And it was one of the first places to introduce to Europe the cocktail and the concept of the “American bar”. London’s famous Savoy Hotel is first mentioned in the James…

The Chairman, The Poet, and The Dancer

West 52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Ave. is today one of those anonymous New York City blocks that seems, at first glance, to offer very little other than the entrances to the Neil Simon and August Wilson theaters that dominate the street.

Alcohol Professor: Son of Booooozy Tales

Last Halloween, I wrote an article on Alcohol Professor about haunted bars in New York City. Well, gather ’round the campfire, children, because I’ve more macabre drinking tales yet to tell. Only this time, we’re going global. Son of Booooozy Tales: Haunted Bars Go International looks at haunted pubs, bars, and watering holes in New…

Alcohol Professor: The Bar that Launched Pride

I have a new Frolic Afield up at my usual corner on Alcohol Professor. In a rare moment of timeliness, The Bar that Launched Pride is a look at the history of the Stonewall Inn and how a scummy shithole of a bar that blackmailed its gay customers became the rallying point for and birthplace of the LGBT rights movement in America.

Alcohol Professor: American Hotel Bars

Over at my other home on Alcohol Professor, I’m spinning the tale of the rise and fall and rise of the American hotel bar and cocktail culture. Or rather, in Cocktail History: American Hotel Bars, I am writing about “Rediscovering the American Hotel Bar,” a Manhattan Cocktail Classic event in which Rene Hidalgo, head bartender…

Alcohol Professor: Czech Craft Beer & the Prague Beer Museum

Everyone knows the Czech Republic is the beer capital of the world, but as I discovered for my latest Frolic Afield to Alcohol Professor, the way bars and restaurants contract with breweries means you often can only get one type of beer at a location, and then only one of the macro-brews. But the Prague…