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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.

Drinking on an empty stomach is never advisable. Which is why we welcome the arrival of the upstairs-­downstairs restaurant-bar duo Borough and Parlour. The strategy is this: Dine ­early at Borough, ordering one drink from the cocktail cart while eating such hearty fare as lamb loin with chickpeas and fava beans. Finish the night at Parlour with a cocktail—try an old fashioned made with both Jim Beam rye and Old Grand-Dad 114.
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