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The Cocktail Week 2015 Recap

Eater's fourth annual Cocktail Week has come and gone. Here's everything that happened.

Cocktails at Loyal Nine/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater


Booze Epoque's Harmony Dawn Loves the Mysticism of Chartreuse

harmony dawn

The Booze Époque co-founder discusses Chartreuse's staying power and versatility.

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The Boston Shaker's Adam Lantheaume Wants You to Have Glassware You Love

Boston shaker glassware 1

From a Nick and Nora to a highball glass, take a small dip into the wide world of glassware.

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Fred Yarm Pairs Loyal Nine's Colonial Cuisine With Madeira, Brandy, and More

Frederic Yarm at Loyal Nine Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

The bar manager discusses creating a food-friendly cocktail program that pays homage to the olden days — without actually mimicking grim colonial-era drinks.

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Naomi Levy Makes the Best Bar Better With Fruit Ash, Curry Cocktails, and Hospitality

Naomi Levy

Eastern Standard's Naomi Levy discusses managing an award-winning bar, science versus intuition, seaweed, and more.

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Nicholas Mansur Strives for Simplicity at Shepard

Nicholas Mansur

The bar manager discusses his thoughts on keeping things simple, the survival of glamour, and how many pairs of pants make you a minimalist.

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Seth Freidus Creates Cocktail Journeys at Alden & Harlow


The Alden & Harlow bar manager discusses the bar's cocktail time machine, drinking lactic acid, and why there’s a shrub in your glass.

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Todd Maul Makes Cocktails With a Side of Science

Todd Maul Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

Cafe ArtScience partner and bar director Todd Maul uses lab equipment to bring cocktails to life.

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Tyler Wang Talks Tequila

Tyler Wang

The Audubon bar manager discusses why silver trumps gold, Bing Crosby, and tequila that’s fit for Indiana Jones.

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Vikram Hegde Wants to Create an Experience for You

Vikram Hegde behind the bar at Island Creek

Vikram Hegde's bartending — and now managing — philosophy emphasizes simplicity and the overall social experience.

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Will Thompson Wants Hospitality to Be Woven Into Menus

Will Thompson at Yvonne's

How can the cocktail industry learn to code menus in a way that maximizes hospitality and is good for business? Yvonne's beverage director discusses finding the right balance.

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The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

A colorful Japanese-inspired mural leads to the door of a restaurant with wooden signage reading “Hojoko.” There’s some greenery around the exterior. Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

It's the early days of fall, and you should probably be spending them with a cocktail (or several) in hand, enjoying every last warm day. Here's an updated Cocktail Heatmap, highlighting hot new cocktail destinations where you should start drinking immediately. Map includes Hojoko, Loyal Nine, Lone Star Taco Bar, and more.

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Drink Your Veggies With a Side of Alcohol

Stock veggie cocktail

2015 has been the year of the juice bar, and lovers of liquefied vegetables can easily find some cocktails in the same vein, whether they're looking for peppers or celery or pickled Brussels sprouts. Here are vegetable-filled drinks to try around the city. Map includes Boston Chops, Audubon Boston, Bronwyn, and more.

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Essential Boston Late-Night Food, According to Bartenders

A restaurant interior features red leather stools at a bar. Neon signage over a mirror in the background advertises Charlie’s double cheeseburger special. Katie Chudy/Eater

We asked local bartenders an important question — what's the best place to get a late-night snack around Boston? Map includes Alden & Harlow, Charlie's Kitchen, Eastern Standard, and more.

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Every Important Boston Cocktail Bar, Mapped

An elegant living room-style room with no windows, part of a cocktail bar. The Hawthorne/Official Site

Boston is historically a beer town, but over the past decade cocktails have made a comeback. Here are some of the city's most noteworthy cocktail bars, including The Hawthorne, Backbar, Drink, and more.

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Hot Cocktail Season Is Coming

The North Remembers cocktail

Here are a few steamy cocktails to warm you up as we head into chillier days. This map will be updated further as we progress fully into hot cocktail season. Map includes Brick & Mortar, Pier6, The Independent, and more.

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These Giant Cocktails Are Meant for Sharing

Hong Kong scorpion bowl

From scorpion bowls to cocktail carafes to pitchers of boozy sangria, here are some of Boston's best shareable drinks to amp up that night out with friends. Maps includes Fairsted Kitchen, Haru, Coppa, and more.

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Where to Drink Cheap Cocktails in Boston

HIghland Kitchen

Here are some great options for cocktails that are priced in the single digits. Map includes Highland Kitchen, Cambridge Common, JM Curley, and more.

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Photo Features

Grill 23, Tuesday at a 6:30 p.m.

Grill 23 Cocktail Week

It's 6:30 at Grill 23, and the bar — the whole restaurant for that matter — is alive with chatter, loud and hearty laughter, and the sounds of a busy kitchen in the full swing of dinner service.

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Russell House Tavern, Monday at 4 p.m.

Upstairs at Russell House Tavern Katie Chudy/Eater

It's late afternoon on Monday, upstairs at Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square. It's Columbus Day, and the place is alive with those enjoying unseasonably warm weather and a day off.

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'Sup With the Cup?

La Brasa glassware 1

A visual tour of Boston's classy, kitschy, and weird cocktail glassware.

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Bartender Q&As

60+ local bartenders chime in on five cocktail questions.

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