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Playboy's Best Bars 2013
  • June 20, 2013 : 07:06
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In this era of hand-carved ice, house-made bitters and $50 shots of microbatch bourbon, it’s hard to get anything approaching a bad drink. We’re thrilled about that, but the downside of the cocktail revolution is too many cookie-cutter pseudo-speakeasies lorded over by know-it-all mixologists who’ve replaced simple drinking with too much thinking. To cut through the pretense, we perched on stools across the ­country--at old standbys and groundbreaking ­newcomers--to bring you the best bars for your buck.

As if Red Rooster Harlem weren’t swinging enough, owner-chef Marcus Samuelsson (pictured) has upped the ante with the downstairs Ginny’s Supper Club. It’s modern, yet it identifies, as beverage director Lonn Coupel-Coward puts it, “with a time when men wore suits and bow ties just to walk to the corner store, and the ladies loved it.” The drinks are dandy too: Scotch whiskey, fresh basil, ginger, Chivas and ginger beer make a modern take on the Moscow mule.
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read more: nightlife, alcohol, bars, issue july 2013


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