Author: C. Spartos

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    So many bars, so little time: I’ve reviewed a gazillion establishments over the years, but the most fun by far are those where you can get sloppy drunk and not feel bad about it in the morning. Dive bars like journo hangout SIBERIA (356 West 40th Street, 212-333-4141), which reeks faintly of vomit, but nobody […]

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    David Wondrich is a little ticked. An expert mixologist and the author of Esquire Drinks, Wondrich is relating a Maxim article from last year suggesting that lads “retire” the manhattan cocktail and replace it with a bourbon drink mixed with Gatorade Ice Orange and grape jelly. We enjoy a collective gag: Gatorade? Lucky for Liquid […]

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    There’s nothing quite like walking into a bar at the edge of nowhere: You just don’t know what to expect when the tumbleweeds start blowing—or when the folks at Citysearch and Zagat haven’t deemed your destination worthy of “discovery.” And with even the seediest of dives populated by slumming celebrities, you have to wonder why […]

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    Muffy, put down your bubbly. I think I see Puffy. Enterprising nightlife barons are melding two recession-proof businesses: bars and celebrities. After all, the public never tires of salacious Page Six sightings and vapid Sunday Styles copy. But are these exclusive boîtes as fabulous as the press releases would have us believe? Liquid City crossed […]

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    Spartos’s days of dubbing the local pub’s trivia night “Nerd Night” are over. Find her at the Voice watercooler, thumbing her deck of Magic cards, and she’ll tell you gaming is the next logical step in her competitive drinking career. “I’ve so done the kegger circuit,” explains a visibly bored Spartos. “I’m the Michael Jordan […]

  • NY Mirror

    The Digital Age has finally dawned in that darkest of places: the local bar. We don’t mean the high-tech speed dating that goes on at REMOTE (327 Bowery, 212-228-0228). Nor are we referring to DJ Andrew Andrew’s Tuesday-night iPod programming parties at APT (419 West 13th Street, 212-414-4245)—although we’re getting warmer. What we’re talking about […]

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    Gentrification has bumrushed Lower Manhattan and is steamrolling its way through Brooklyn and Queens. In New York, authenticity equals street credibility (call it Jenny From the Block Syndrome), and bars and clubs have taken notice: Several venues that nod to their previous incarnations have sprung up recently—but are they keeping it real? Naming your bistro […]

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    Calling all lushes! Wendy Mitchell’s New York City’s Best Dive Bars just hit the stands, and that girl can drink. Mitchell reviews 90 of the city’s skankiest haunts, or “places where real people settle in for real drinking,” meaning hardly any of these dank dens are reviewed by those wussy Zagat surveyors. And if they […]

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    Like snowflakes, no two hot toddies are identical. A shot of whiskey, a squirt of lemon, a draft of hot water, some spice, and you’ve got a warm winter remedy. But if hot toddies don’t stoke your embers, there are plenty of other seasonal stove-top brews: spiked ciders, mulled wines, dosed coffees. Fittingly, most of […]

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    “It’s not illegal,” says our host of the tumblers brimming with cloudy, jade-colored liquid before us. He and the bartender have just finished the rather elaborate ritual of absinthe preparation, involving decorative spoons, sugar cubes, flame, water, and of course, the hallucinatory liquor most famously sipped by Van Gogh in 19th-century Parisian cafés. But the […]