Robb Jones ambles into Saffron in the early afternoon and immediately takes command of his bar, simmering simple syrups and prepping herbs and brews. His cocktails are carefully built from extensive knowledge; he reads everything he can get his hands on about the craft. Our 2013 Best Barte ... More >>
Last year's event was a riot of the best bartenders and fine beverage quaffing of the highest order. This year should be no different, and the serious sipper will want to join in all the boozy shenanigans at the 2nd Annual Minnesota Monthly Fine Spirits Classic. Come celebrate Repeal Day in regal st ... More >>
Which cocktail do bartenders use as a measuring stick to judge their barkeep brethren? The martini: a simple, pristine cocktail that, sadly, is often totally botched. We met up with barman Shawn Jones of Parlour to discuss how to best mix this classic drink and what sweet nothings should be whispere ... More >>
We said he was the Best Bartender, but perhaps the folks at GQ and Bombay Sapphire didn't hear us the first time. Now, Robert Jones, bartender at Saffron, member of our local Northstar Bartender's Guild, has made his way to the finals at the United States Bartender's Guild prestigious Most Inspired ... More >>
As shadows stretch across the yard, a collection of over-achieving leaves are threatening to turn. Despite the season's late start, there are only so many warm days left to us. It's enough to cause distress, and there is no better restorative for those long, luxurious summer nights after a stressful ... More >>
We distill what local watering holes serve up the best Scotch, gin, tequila, vodka, and more
January ends with a Week in Food that begins at the library and ends in a steaming pot of homemade chili. Sounds about right to us.
The bummer about working in the hospitality industry is that while all your buddies are out having fun, you're left working the party. That's why a week after the actual holiday, the Northstar Bartenders Guild threw its own New Year's event. What exactly happens when the Cities' cock ... More >>
In the service industry the celebration of New Year's isn't really what it should be, even though it's a big money night for everyone on the job. You work twice as hard, and you make twice as much, but when you're done you most likely won't be in much of a mood to celebrate. If you do, that celeb ... More >>
MNHSJohnny Michaels Johnny Michaels has been a fixture in the Twin Cities cocktail scene for as long as I can remember. He has maintained one of the coolest and most interesting cocktail lists in town at La Belle Vie since it moved to its current location at 510 Groveland. He has written for seve ... More >>
Chad Larson: WINNING!Tuesday night four of the Twin Cities' most creative bartenders came together to compete in the GQ/Bombay Sapphire "Most Inspired Bartender" contest. The winner is sent to Las Vegas and represents Minnesota against bartenders from all around the U.S.. Each bartender developed ... More >>
Old-time drink culture revisited at the Town Talk.
Om, for sexy-time drinking.
Uptown's newest fun palace proves you shouldn't drink where you eat
Scott Romfo suffered the lowest recorded body temperature and lived to tell about it