Behind The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book’s Brand New Update

An iconic cocktail guide gets a substantial refresh after 80 years

There are few cocktail guides with as much history as “The Old-Waldorf Astoria Bar Book” by Albert Stevens Crockett. The original source material, “Old Waldorf Bar Days” (1931), also by Crockett, was penned during Prohibition but the author rewrote it as we know it in 1933 when Prohibition ended. This version contained a comprehensive selection of sophisticated period-specific recipes dating all the way back to …

Notes: Bar Culture

Our food and drink editor recalls everything he missed during dry January

Have you ever had a Pickleback? Today, it’s a shot of whiskey (commonly Jameson) followed by a pickle brine chaser. The name of the drink is attributed to a Williamsburg, Brooklyn bar circa 2006 where Old Crow bourbon was used, though some credit a Philly iteration as the first documented, while even fewer claim it made its debut in Texas. Truth be told, it isn’t …

Tiki Your Time This Fall and Winter

Three new seasonal cocktails from NYC's best tiki bar with a view

Over the summer, NYC saw a much needed boom in the tiki cocktail scene. With the East Village’s Mother of Pearl, the West Village’s The Happiest Hour—and the latter’s creative collaboration with the Sixty Hotel LES’ Tiki Tabu—all serving some of the city’s best mixed drinks. Tiki Tabu began as a summertime, rooftop pop-up with two open air balconies, but based on its success thus …