Wine & Spirits

Nicky Blaine’s looking for love stories for Valentine’s party

Feb 11th, 2015 | News, Wine & Spirits

These stories should be interesting. To celebrate its “Sweet 16” anniversary, Nicky Blaine’s is asking patrons to post their love stories involving the bar on its Facebook page for a chance to win prizes during its Valentine’s Day party. Originally opening in the former King Cole restaurant space in November 1998, Nicky Blaine’s outgrew that … more »

Indy bartender in NYC for cocktail competition

Oct 17th, 2014 | News, Wine & Spirits

Jessica Taylor, lead bartender at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, is in New York City this weekend to participate in the CHOPPED Best Bloody Mary Brunch competition at the New York Wine and Food Festival. I caught up with Jessica before she left to find out a few details on the competition, how it all … more »

Day drinking at Milktooth: a few suggestions

Oct 2nd, 2014 | News, Restaurants, Wine & Spirits

The much-anticipated Milktooth from chef/owner Jonathan Brooks is finally open, and I’m sure the breakfast/lunch/brunch place is going to be plenty popular — especially on weekends, when diners will definitely be ordering from the cocktail list.  What to try? I liked the Blood Meridian cocktail, made with spiced rum, cranberry vodka and tawny port. It’s … more »

Cocktail throw-down launches new beverage group

Sep 30th, 2014 | Events, News, Wine & Spirits

It wasn’t just a cocktail competition. Yes, the recent Chef vs. Bartender event at Thunderbird pitted owner and award-winning bartender Joshua Gonzales and his team against James Beard semifinalist chef Aaron Butts and his team from Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke. And, yes, there was plenty of trash talking and plenty of booze flowing. The … more »

Still time to get tix for Chef vs. Bartender

Sep 29th, 2014 | Events, News, Wine & Spirits

No plans on a Monday night? You can still get tickets for tonight’s Chef vs Bartender event at Thunderbird, 1127 Shelby St. The 6 p.m. cocktail competition puts Thunderbird owner and award-winning bartender Joshua Gonzales up against chef and James Beard semifinalist Aaron Butts of Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke. Attendees can watch — and … more »

New address, new look for Libertine Liquor Bar

Sep 4th, 2014 | News, Restaurants, Wine & Spirits

When The Libertine Liquor Bar moves from its current location at 38 E. Washington St. to the basement of chef/owner Neal Brown’s newest Pizzology at 608 Massachusetts Ave., the popular cocktail bar will have a completely different look. “We’re going to rethink Libertine,” Brown said earlier this summer. “We’re basically going to move it, but … more »

‘King Cocktail’ Dale DeGroff in Indy

Aug 14th, 2014 | Events, News, Wine & Spirits

When bartending legend, author and James Beard award-winner Dale DeGroff spoke in Indianapolis recently, he opened with a rendition of “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” Music was included throughout his talk — as were cocktails, of course. In fact, attendees at the Southern Wine & Spirits-sponsored event, held at The Hi-Fi in Fountain Square, got to sample … more »

Hotel Tango distillery looking at late-summer opening

Jun 10th, 2014 | News, Wine & Spirits

By Chris Bavender When Travis Barnes and his wife, Hilary, were getting ready to graduate from law school in 2013, they realized the job market for attorneys wasn’t looking that great. Travis — who was keeping an eye on a proposed state law that would allow already licensed breweries, wineries or distilleries to receive a … more »
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