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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.

The bar in Clyde Common restaurant, at the ­über-cool Ace ­Hotel, is refreshingly un-­Portland (little flannel, no taxidermy). This is the home of the barrel-aged cocktail (a drink mellowed in an oak cask). It is also where bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler does the whole local artisanal thing without making it seem precious. The cocktail menu is smart and satisfying. So is ­Morgenthaler’s ­response to requests such as “Give me something tart made with gin.” Trust him.
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