Word of Mouth: Budapest Bars

From the country's classic "ruin bars" to craft cocktails and beyond, some of our favorite establishments

To drink in Budapest is to engage with the city’s fortunes. An economic surge in the decade following the fall of the Iron Curtain gave rise to the city’s renowned “ruin bars”—community spaces serving as hybrid bar/cafe/performance venues established primarily in the neglected remains of disused buildings in the city’s old Jewish Quarter. In reclaiming its cosmopolitan legacy in the years since, the old imperial …

Culture Infuses with Arak at Sundara, Bali

A new cocktail program that centers on stories and tradition at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

Bartender Widya Oktarina peers into a ceramic jug filled with arak and carefully stirs the infusion. “I like the new menu, but the basil and mango cocktail is my favorite,” she says. “It feels the most like Bali. We have fresh mango for the infusion. We use the local basil. I’m proud to share the flavors of Bali.” Oktarina’s work has become more than making …

Hella Cocktail Co. Launches Bitters and Soda

Crisp, bubbly and zesty flavors with or without the addition of alcohol

Hoping to appeal to teetotalers and drinkers equally, Hella Cocktail Co. launched Bitters and Soda, a canned cocktail flavor made with gentian tincture and zero alcohol. Whether sipped directly from the can or mixed with a spirit, they are bubbly and zesty drinks. The “Spritz” iteration is fruited and slightly bitter, reminiscent of a Negroni or Old Fashioned, but it boasts plenty of effervescence—unlike either …