October 14, 2014

Seattle Magazine Bar-Hopping: Elysian Bar, Le Zinc, Revolver

elysian bar, downtown oasis, bar hop, best bars, seattleHey bar lovers, genial drinkers, lounge lizards, speakeasy devotees, dive dwellers, and rathskeller revelers. It’s time to trot yourselves again through my recent Seattle Magazine Bar Hop columns, which highlight select bars in the Seattle area. Get off the couch, yo, and visit:

•    Elysian Bar

•    Revolver

•    Le Zinc

* See all Seattle Magazine articles by me

July 29, 2014

Seattle Magazine Bar-Hopping: Bar Code, Hollywood Tavern, and Triumph

bars in bellevue barcode seattle magazine happy hour in bellevue seattleHello Seattle and surroundings drinkers! Here’s little round up just for you, of bars in the area I’ve recently reviewed for the swell Seattle Magazine (just in case you missed them). Drink up at:

•    BarCode

•    The Hollywood Tavern

•    Triumph Bar

* See all Seattle magazine articles by me

July 22, 2014

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch Up

Hello – it’s summertime, which means it’s the perfect time to sit on down with the old computer in one hand and a drink in the other and spend some time browsing some of my recent Seattle magazine posts you might have missed. Heck, you wouldn’t want to miss any of the below, right?

•    4 Drinks That Pair Perfectly with Summertime Books
•    New Local Spirits and Liqueurs to Try this Summer
•    4 Drinks for Golfing
•    4 Drinks to Have While Missing the Sonics
•    Seattle Happy Hours: A.J. Rathbun Picks Four of His Favorites

*See all Seattle magazine articles by me

March 4, 2014

Seattle Magazine Bar-Hopping: Teachers Lounge, E. Smith Mercantile, Witness

teachers lounge in greenwood seattle magazineThough it’s hard to believe for all but my mother (who of course always believes), the amazing Seattle magazine is still letting me write a column highlighting a different bar each month. Yeah, I’m lucky! But so are you, because you can read said columns and figure out where you and your pals are going go this weekend to kick up your heels with a dandy drink. Without further palavering then, here are three fine bars to read about:

•     Teachers Lounge, Greenwood

•     E. Smith Mercantile, Pioneer Square

•     Witness, Capitol Hill

 

–See all of my Seattle magazine articles

January 7, 2014

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Issue Cocktail Catch Up

drinks-of-the-momentHello Seattle cocktail lovers, visitors to Seattle, those who are thinking about a visit to Seattle, and anyone interested in cocktails. Recently, I was lucky enough to work on the lovely Seattle magazine’s end of the year issue, which was amazing and had a huge cocktail-and-bar-and-spirit focus. In case you missed it, or weren’t here to read it, some of the articles are now online for your reading pleasure, including:

• What’s Shaking Now: Drinks of the Moment

• The Superstar Bartender: Erik Carlson

• Best New Bars in Seattle (Plus One Standout in Tacoma)

• Top Shelf Advice: Where the Bartenders Go to Drink

• Entertaining with a Well-Styled Bar Cart

*Read all A.J. Seattle magazine articles

November 19, 2013

Seattle Magazine Bar-Hopping: Anchor’s Down, Montana, Rocco’s

roccosCalling all bar lovers from near and far (but especially near). It’s time to round up the latest bars I’ve profiled in my monthly Seattle magazine Bar Hop column. You should read the below, pick which best matches you and your mood today, and go have a drink. But don’t forget – tip your bartender people. They work hard. Bars to hop:

•     Anchor’s Down

•     Montana

•     Rocco’s

– See all A.J. Seattle magazine articles

October 29, 2013

Cocktail Talk, Four O’Clock at the Five O’Clock, The Compleat Imbiber

compleat-imbiber-5Hello dear hearts. There’s time I think for one more quote from the The Compleat Imbiber #5, which we’ve been talking up here on the ol’ Spiked Punch due to it’s greatness and my love of The Compleat Imbiber series. This time, it’s from a piece called Four O’Clock at the Five O’Clock, by a gentleman named Hugh Massingham. It’s mainly a look at American drinking establishments by someone not native to this country, and is built off a stop at a spot in Denver (I wonder if it’s still there) called the Five O’Clock, which didn’t at first seem friendly, but which had, from the below quote, quite a friendly line up for the times.

Suddenly, behind the bar, artfully lit from below, is a blaze of welcoming friends. There is good old Johnnie Walker, as spry as ever. There is that authentic notes of Floreat Etona, Harvey’s sherry. There is historic Beefeater – the snob gin in the United States – and those two dogs yapping away on behalf of Black and White, and soft-tasting ding-dong Bells and kindly tempting Teachers and Cutty Sarks in full sail. There is bicarbonate of soda on draught and tots of Alka Seltzer – the necessities for a hangover morning, familiar sights in an English bathroom, but unknown in English pubs. True, there are a number of bottles that are strangers, and that wink away at you with the offer of novel and perhaps dangerous pleasures. Leroux’s ‘Ginger-Flavoured Brandy’ should surely tickle some secret spot hitherto unexplored by the milder and less adventurous brews of your native land? Then there is gay Dixie Rose, a cross, perhaps, between a Gone-With-The-Wind lady and a gypsy, who is offering for your relaxation in this subdued light a bottle of London dry gin. There is Hill Billy Reserve Whiskey, with its suggestion of some smoky still in a mountain chasm. There is Popcorn Straight Cut Whiskey, made, apparently – and yet can this be true? – from the same fat white salted ears piled up in the dish by your elbow. There is ancient Carstairs (established 1788) with his White Seal Blended. There is good old Thompson – don’t let’s forget his blended bourbon. And there is Vernon and Paddy and a bottle with a playing-card label, showing a King both face upwards and face downwards – delights still not tested after all these weeks of travel.

– Hugh Massingham, Four O’Clock at the Five O’Clock, The Compleat Imbiber #5

October 8, 2013

Seattle Magazine Cocktail Catch-Up

It’s time to take a tipsy spin again through some fun-tastic recent posts I’ve written for the swell Seattle magazine, covering such topics as local bar and spirit news and the best places in Seattle to eat when you’re having jury duty (for those living here), and drinks to have when you’re tailgating or on a hayride, or when you want to think of summer (since it’s, well, sadly gone now).

•     Fall Spirit and Distillery News

•     Early Fall Bar News

•     Fall Cocktails Perfect for Hayrack Rides

•     The Best Places to Eat When You Have Jury Duty

•     Four Drinks for a Triumphant Tailgating Experience

•     Late Summer Wine Cocktails

•     Summer Sipper Recipes

See all A.J. Seattle magazine articles

Rathbun on Film

Cocktail to Cocktail Hour Series Four, Episode Five, The GizmoNovember 04, 2013
A special Cocktail to Cocktail Hour holiday episode hosted by A.J. Rathbun where very special guest Jeremy Holt stops by to teach us how to make the Gizmo, a...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour Series Four, Episode Four, The TrilbyNovember 03, 2013
The Cocktail to Cocktail Hour hosted by A.J. Rathbun has a very special guest in this episode; Alastair Edwards stops by with a drinking problem, solved by t...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour, V4, Three, Horse's NeckOctober 06, 2013
In this Cocktail to Cocktail Hour, you'll learn to make the refreshing Horse's Neck from special guest star Mark Butler, and hear host A.J. Rathbun and Mark ...
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Cocktail to Cocktail Hour V4, Two, Aperol SpritzSeptember 24, 2013
The Cocktail to Cocktail Hour hosted by aj Rathbun has a very special guest in this episode, who teaches you how to make the Aperol Spritz, with Aperol and...
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