Chris McMillian is a living legend for bartenders visiting New Orleans. Following some kind of family tradition with his parents, grandparents and great-grand-parents all working in one trade or another of the spirits and hospitality industry, he’s been bartending for…well… let’s say forever. He’s also one of the founders of The Museum of the American Cocktail. After working in several of New Orleans’ best bars, he’s opened his very first own venue with his wife in February of this year: Revel. This is where my new friends from Tales of the Cocktail and I were headed for the first stop of our bar crawl
The cocktails at Cure are simply mind blowing or should I say palate blowing? I visited Cure on a Friday, by the end of Tales of the Cocktail week in New Orleans. If your Uber driver knows where to go and doesn’t get caught in traffic, it will take you about ten minutes to drive there from the French quarter. Cure is pretty trendy but the atmosphere was rather laid back with groups of friends, from their mid twenties to their late forties, enjoying dinner or drinks together. There were quite a few Tales of the Cocktail participants, easily recognizable
Le Chat Noir is like a second home to me. It’s where my passion for bartending and the cocktail world started. So forgive me for raving about it but you’ll know the following words come from the heart! A household name since 1985, Le Chat Noir, aka as the Black Cat, in Carouge, Geneva, has everything you need for a great night out: a bar and restaurant on the ground floor, an other bar and a concert hall turning into a club after midnight on the lower ground floor. In the summer, a large terrace opens on the street as
MoMix is a group originally from Athens with three bars and a lab focusing on molecular mixology (hence its name). Its promise is “Here you can travel your mind tasting cocktails & drinks in solid form and many other alternative ways…”As I had never had a molecular cocktail in my life, I was very curious to taste one. I was thus happy, mid-May, to discover MoMix had recently opened their third bar in Santorini where I had flown in for the weekend! So, one evening, after dinner, I took the direction of the group’s newest location for my first experience with molecular
On my second night in Athens, after dinner near Syntagma Square, I decided to explore some of the bars nearby. Many of Athens cocktail bars are located close by in the streets surrounding Kolokotroni Street. On my way to those I had searched before my trip I found several more. One of them became my first stop of the night: Bartesera. If I wasn’t walking the leisurely stroll of the tourist and if it wasn’t for the music coming out of the bar I would have easily missed it. Bartesera is located in a gallery coming out on Kolokotroni Street.
In August 2014, after months learning bits and pieces from bartenders, I realised I wanted to know more and learn faster. At the same time I was planning a weekend to Amsterdam with some friends and, while searching for activities there, I found out about the Bols Bartending Academy. I knew Bols products already and that they had a museum but I had no clue they actually had a school. I checked the courses they had on offer and decided to book the 4 day Advanced Bartending course the following November. It didn’t call for previous bartending experience and I
Last December, I took the opportunity of a weekend away in Barcelona with my friends to attend the 2-day mixology course at the European Bartender School there. The school The course was held at EBS actual headquarters right in the heart of Barcelona, a few minutes walk from the Plaza de Catalunya in the Barrio Gotico. I was impressed with the school: it is brand new and really well thought out. The flair room is huge so people have a lot of room to practice. There are numerous bar stations as well and the whole school is very luminous, a