Where I'm Drinking: Houston

This week's installment of the Where I'm Drinking series brings us to Houston, Texas with one of my most favorite designers, Bailey McCarthy. I've been following Bailey's interiors blog, Peppermint Bliss, for years, and we finally had the chance to collaborate recently on some product for her amazing bedding and interiors shop, Biscuit Home (She interviewed me here).

Her taste is polished and put together, a little bit prepster and over-the-top, and always has a sense of whimsy and irony that I gravitate to. 

Here, Bailey tells us where she's likely to kick back for a cocktail in Houston, Texas. I reckon this chica knows how to have a good time. 

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HAPPY HOUR

Anvil, our friendly neighbor! They make some of the best cocktails in town and our personal favorite - a Pliny's. You can often find the Biscuit team here after work. 

[Anvil's Pliny's Tonic: Citadelle Dry Gin, Lime, Cucumber, Mint, Habanero Tincture — yes, please!]

LATE NIGHT DRINKS

Shake. We tend to be slight homebodies. We love using our cocktail books for inspiration, and a recent favorite has been The Shake Book! 

HAIR OF THE DOG / BRUNCH

Tiny Boxwoods. Bottomless white wine mojitos...need we say more? 

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Thanks, Bailey! I wanted to show you all some of my favorites from the Biscuit Home wares (including our own, of course!)...

 Custom Texas and Howdy Decanter Set from Love & Victory

Custom Texas and Howdy Decanter Set from Love & Victory

 Tie One On Napkins by August Morgan

Tie One On Napkins by August Morgan

 Parsons Stripe Flask By Smathers & Branson

Parsons Stripe Flask By Smathers & Branson

 Texas Jet Set Needlepoint Pillow by Jonathan Adler 

Texas Jet Set Needlepoint Pillow by Jonathan Adler 

And some of my very favorites of her interiors... Pretty awesome, right?

Bailey McCarthy Interior designer
Bailey McCarthy Interior Design
Bailey McCarthy Interior Design
Bailey McCarthy Interior Design
Bailey McCarthy Interior Design
Bailey McCarthy Interior Design
Bailey McCarthy Interior Design
Bailey McCarthy Interior Design

Where I'm Drinking: Los Angeles with Toby Burke Hemingway

So much of the work I do these days is virtual—I've yet to meet many friends & folks I work with whose names are in my inbox on the regular. So it's fun to be able to connect with them a little more with the blog.

For this piece in our Where I'm Drinking series, one of our new stockists, Toby Burke Hemingway, of Los Angeles' Hemingway and Pickett, shares with us some of his favorite neighborhood watering holes. Hemingway and PIckett is the first shop in L.A. to carry Love & Victory, and we're so stoked that things are selling really well! They are located in Silver Lake and have a collection of rad artwork, jewelry, books, paper goods, and housewares.

And—it turns out—Toby is very funny. Thanks, Toby. I needed that laugh!

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HAPPY HOUR

L&E Oyster Bar — Conveniently located steps from our menswear store Hemingway and Sons. I don’t even like oysters, but the upstairs bar is a lovely, airy room, with a small balcony overlooking Silver Lake Blvd. They have a nice beer selection and it’s just the perfect spot to duck into after work for a quick beer. Their Happy Hour snacks are high class, too.

LATE NIGHT DRINKS

The Varnish — Probably the first serious, “craft” cocktail bar to launch the renaissance in LA and still the best. They don’t stand for any nonsense in there; so you know, even if it’s late, and you can slip into an open booth, you won’t be surrounded by some loud bunch of knuckleheads ordering shots. Sure, sometimes maybe I AM the loud knucklehead ordering shots, but never at The Varnish.

HAIR OF THE DOG / BRUNCH

The Black Cat — Another one right in the neighborhood. This bar/restaurant was completely remodeled a few years ago and the guys did a wonderful job. The Black Cat carries a lot of local history and they carry it with class. Nice big, inviting green booths. Simple delicious food. Good drinks. And some of the friendliest, most professional service in town. What more could you ask for in the AM?

 HEMINGWAY & PICKETT, LOS ANGELES

HEMINGWAY & PICKETT, LOS ANGELES

Bit By A Fox: An Interview and Brooklyn Outdoor Bar Roundup

Bit By A Fox

I truly get to meet amazing people through my work, and I love to be able to introduce you to some of them. I love reading about cocktails—the culture, recipes, history, the whole nine—so reading along with Prairie Rose's blog, Bit by a Fox, is a no brainer for me. She's a fellow Brooklynite and a "booze blogger" who chronicles her experiences in the New York City cocktail world. Bit by a Fox received Saveur Magazine's Reader's Choice Award for Best Cocktail Blog of 2014—less than a year after it was inaugurated. 

Prairie's Instagram feed makes me feel like a total loser (I blame my child). I love to go out, but Prairie, you have such a fab life, girl, drinking cocktails all about town and all around the world! In the photo above, she's in Iceland with Martin Miller Gin, checking out the Blue Lagoon. It's part of her first episode of Wanderlush, a show she's creating with content at the intersection of travel, drinking culture, and style.  I can't wait to see more.

Read on for a little interview with Prairie Rose, her recommendations for where to get your outdoor drinking on before this glorious summer comes to a close, but first a little taste of her life, courtesy of Instagram.

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PS: check out an interview Prairie did with me on her blog today. And head to her Instagram for a Love & Victory glassware giveaway! She's even giving out a cocktail syrup and recipe designed just for you! Score.

What are you working on now that you’re excited about? 

This was my first year at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and it was epic. It's the largest cocktail conference in the world and I've been wanting to go for years. It's already been a month and I'm just starting to post coverage! It's been fun to re-live it all again.

I'm super excited about my collaboration with photographer Rose Callahan for our "Bartender Style" project. It's a photo series featured on the blog once a month and since we started last April, we've been able to shoot and feature some incredible talent, style, and spaces. I can't wait to share what's next! 

And, I'm also pretty psyched about a future co-hosting gig with boozy babe Emily Wells from Gastronomista—this year's Saveur Magazine Best Cocktail Blog. Emily and I will be hosting a variety of live streaming cocktail segments around Manhattan and Brooklyn for Al Roker Entertainment. We're all dipping our toes into this live streaming content world and drinking hard alcohol on camera in real time seems like a good way to start, right?! Look out for dates and times for these boozy segments in the next week or so on the Bit by a Fox blog.

And, Wanderlush. This is a web series that I'll be launching in the fall that will merge my love of travel, style and foreign libations! We'll be discovering a local culture through the glass. The first stop is Iceland!

What are the easiest parts of what you do? The most challenging?

While it can be exhausting, I actually love how social my work with Bit by a Fox can be. I really like connecting with people, discovering how I can align what I'm doing with others and creating projects that come from those connections. Like this!

Because my work can be so social, the work/life balance thing can be challenging. I have a difficult time shutting off. There's always so much to do! But, it's necessary for my health and well being, as well as those close to me, to take a break.

What’s your dream project?

I love telling stories. My background is in theater and performing and I studied film making here in New York. But I have only recently gotten into writing regularly because of the blog. And I love how it's given me an outlet for telling so many different stories, whether it's about places I've visited, things I've tasted, experts and makers in the spirits world that I've met, or brands that I think deserve recognition. I really like to discover new things, meet inspiring people and then share my findings! I think Wanderlush could potentially be my dream project, since I'll be able to combine my experiences and merge a lot of my interests. Ultimately, my dream project is creatively fulfilling and meaningful...and fun! 

Summer’s almost over. Boo hoo. I love a classic NYC dark, cozy, underground bar, but before we all hide away for the winter, can you tell me about your bucket list of outdoor Brooklyn bars?

I can't believe it's almost Labor Day. You're reminding me of all the places I need to take advantage of while it's still beautiful out! There are SO many. Here's but a few...

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The Flatbush Farm Bar(n) — one of my favorite outdoor spaces in Brooklyn. I've spent many a birthday and celebration in that backyard. I need to get there and have a Garden Snake cocktail before it gets cold!

Bar Chord — This bar is steps from my apartment and is so chill, it feels like you're hanging in someone's backyard. They are also cool when I ask them to make an Aperol Spritz.

Lavender Lake — This Gowanus bar has a huge backyard, solid cocktail list, and some of the best brussels sprouts in the city. 

Leyenda — Clover Club's Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix (recently named American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail) have joined forces to open this incredible Latin American cocktail bar. The small plates are delicious, their cocktail program is impeccable and their backyard is dreamy. I wish I lived just a little closer!

Maison Premiere — The interior of this bar is so beautiful, you almost forget there is a magical garden in the back. One of my favorite activities in life is eating oysters under twinkly lights with a bubbly cocktail nearby. This garden pretty much fulfills all of those desires

Loosie's Kitchen — This is the brand new outdoor extension of Loosie Rouge, which also includes delicious NOLA inspired eats. The outdoor space, under the Williamsburg Bridge actually feels like your Southern California boho dreams come to life. Get the Plantain Slushie and thank me later!

Greenwood Park — G&Ts over Bocce Ball. Nuff said.

WHERE I'M DRINKING: WASHINGTON DC WITH SALLY IRMER OF SALT & SUNDRY

For this go-round of our Where I'm Drinking series, we have Sally Irmer the Associate Creative Director one of our favorite stores Salt & Sundry in Washington, DC. Of course we love them because they sell a ton of our glassware, but they also have an amazing assortment of housewares and pantry —shrubs, tonics, salt!!!—some of my favorite things to shop for. Somehow, I can always justify some fancy salt (these guys stock a travel "pinch tin" of Maldon salt—ladies after my own heart).

Here, Sally tells us about her favorite haunts in Washington, DC...

Thanks, Sally. I'm going to go have a pina colada right now :)

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HAPPY HOUR

Bar Charley. This cozy little bar set in an English basement in DuPont Circle has a delicious cocktail and small bites menu. I love their Jack Rose cocktail [Laird's Applejack, House Grenadine, Lime] with a side of chimichurri fries.

LATE NIGHT DRINKS

2 Birds 1 Stone. Their ever-changing cocktail list never disappoints. I'm a super fan of their piña coladas, featuring house-spiced rum. 

HAIR OF THE DOG / BRUNCH

Sally's Middle Name. I'm admittedly partial to the name, but I'm even more fond of Sally's fresh, locally-sourced menu. They're one of the few spots in town to serve Monday brunch — a huge perk for anyone who works on the weekends! 

 

[Sally's photo is by Morgan H. West]

 

Where I'm drinking: Atlanta with Morganne Lee of H&F Bottle Shop

We cross paths with the coolest women around the country, usually with passions similar to our own: food & drink. So we've rounded up some of them—from various places in the states—to share where they spend their time in our 3 major drinking categories: Happy Hour, Late Night, and... Hair of the Dog. 

For our first installment, Morganne Lee from Atlanta's coolest liquor shop, H&F Bottle Shop (even more awesome for selling our glassware!), tells us about her favorite Atlanta haunts.

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Happy Hour

After work I lean toward someplace well lit with friendly faces, so typically that means H. Harper Station. They have a killer whiskey selection as well as punch bowls made to share. It's hospitable and charming, and the head bartender, Ben, is a wealth of potable knowledge.

 

Late Night Drinks

Ok, real talk, I don't stay up late that often. I'm a little old lady in that way. But when I do rally, it's Octopus Bar, no question. Not only do they have classic cocktails made to perfection, their wine list is well-edited and food friendly. This works out well for me, because I can't go there and NOT get the Salt and Pepper Georgia Shrimp.

 

Hair of the Dog / Brunch

When I wake up after a night of over indulgence, all I want is beer and potatoes from The Porter Beer Bar. They have every beer you could ever think of wanting, along with housemade "lemon ginger-ade," which I could drink by the gallon. Pair that with their (aptly named) hangover hash followed by a long nap and I'm as good as new.