Last week, Eater Boston and the rest of the Eater universe celebrated Cocktail Week, obsessing over the cocktail world all week long with interviews, maps, and more. (Of course, that doesn't mean that cocktails don't matter the rest of the year, so be sure to hit up the tipline if you ever want to tell us about cocktail people and places that we should be covering.)
Here's what happened on Eater Boston this week:
Interviews (view them all here): Jackson Cannon spoke about the future of the industry, Marc Hurwitz of Boston's Hidden Restaurants revealed some of his favorites dive bars in the outer reaches of the Boston area, Beacon Hill Bistro's Joe McHale discussed the art of naming cocktails, and BOND's Eddie McGuire reflected on 32 years behind the bar.
Q&As with Bartenders (view them all here): More than 50 local bar managers, bartenders, and others involved in the beverage industry answered a number of survey questions, ranging from bar theft and bad customer habits to cocktail mentors and good customer habits. Don't miss the giant collection of their tips for people looking to build up their home bars. There are also some cocktail pairing suggestions for late-night pizza, carnival food, and more.
On Hangovers: Prevent hangovers by getting drunk properly in the first place thanks to some advice from the late Sir Kingsley Amis, or consult these hangover cures from Boston bartenders. Or just stick with mocktails; here are some creative ones.
Miscellaneous: Here's what TRADE looks like at 5 p.m. on a Thursday night. Here are the special drinks (riffs on the first drinks bartenders tasted or learned to make) and desserts (cocktail-inspired) that bars and restaurants offered for Cocktail Week. There was a poll to determine the hottest cocktail neighborhood in the Boston area; Somerville's Union Square won. And sister site Curbed Ski joined in the fun with ski country cocktail destinations and ski country dive bars, including a lot of New England options.
Recommended reading over on Eater National: