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2012 Stories by Lou Bustamante

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  • Drink of the Week: Rock & Rye at Rye Bar

    published Feb 03, 2012

    ​When Greg Lindgren and Jon Gasparini first opened up Rye Bar, the pair researched all the possible ways to use rye whiskey in cocktails, but it was the lost classic American liqueur "rock and rye"... More >>

  • Gitane Reveals New Bar Manager and Cocktail Menu

    published Feb 02, 2012

    ​With Alex Smith's departure to Honor Bar, Gitane has found a new bar manager, and one who is no stranger to the restaurant: Ramon Garcia, who worked behind the bar during both Carlo Splendorini an... More >>

  • San Francisco's Top 10 Cocktail Bars

    published Jan 27, 2012

    In the last few years, finding a bad drink in San Francisco has become harder than finding a good one. In nearly every neighborhood you'll find a bar filled with fresh juices, high-quality spirits, an... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Bitter Rivers at Hotsy Totsy

    published Jan 27, 2012

    ​We enjoy a well-made cocktail and are willing to wait as long as it takes for it to be made, but sometimes the focus of a bar visit is spending time with friends, not geeking out on cocktails. On ... More >>

  • Robert Burns Night: Pairing Haggis and Whisky

    published Jan 25, 2012

    ​The culinary feast known as Burns Night, a dinner punctuated with poems from Scottish poet Robert Burns for his birthday (the 253rd one) today, is clearly not for the uninitiated. Aside from sourci... More >>

  • Science of Cocktails Night Returns; Chemically Bonds Drinks and Education

    published Jan 23, 2012

    ​Combining science and liquor together into a frothy and delicious drink requires the brainpower of the Exploratorium's scientists, and bartending know-how from the Bay Area's best bars. The resulti... More >>

  • 100 Years War Cocktail Unites English and French Spirits

    published Jan 20, 2012

    ​Chasing down the new bar openings around the Bay Area is easier than remembering to revisit those places that have been around for a while. Bar Adagio is one we returned to, in particular because o... More >>

  • Drink of the Week: Queen Anne's Revenge at Honor Bar

    published Jan 13, 2012

    ​I have a teenage nephew who, in the span of two weeks, went from plump, short kid to tall, lanky young man. It's hard not to have that same kind of slack-jawed reaction to the sudden growth spurt ... More >>

  • Prey of Thieves, a Cocktail Worth Stalking

    published Jan 06, 2012

    ​With winter's chill just outside the door, the bar at AQ dressed in pale white marble and bare birch branches feels cozy and inviting, as if stumbling into a forest clearing with a full bar. Small ... More >>

  • SF Female Bartenders Breaking the Speed Rack Barrier

    published Jan 05, 2012

    The cocktail boom has introduced more changes behind the bar than fresh juices and homemade bitters; female bartenders, too, are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Showcasing the increasing ... More >>

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