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At the Sinclair, good drinks and good music meet at last


Boston has a handful of great cocktail bars, and more than its share of solid music venues.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 19, 2013

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Boston’s (Ob)literati: How to hoist a pint like this town’s greatest writers — past, present, and future


If there's one thing we've always done right here in Boston, it's drinking.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 05, 2013

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A taste of honey: Moonlight Meadery


What comes to mind when you think of mead?
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  March 08, 2013

The tyranny of ‘girly drinks’ and other cocktail clichés

Gendered Benders
We've become accustomed to scoffing at gender stereotypes in many areas of life — and yet, a surprising number of people cling to ridiculous clichés when it comes to drinking.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 22, 2013

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The Hard Stuff: Cocktail balance


For bartenders, a cocktail's balance is everything.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 04, 2013

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Aquavit and its caraway-flavored cousin

Getting Carried Away
One of the few consolations of aging is that even as a lot of our other senses start to decline, our palates become more sophisticated.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 23, 2013



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The cost of cocktails


After a brief, giddy period of inflation during the Great Cocktail Expansion, we seem to have settled on an unspoken baseline price structure.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 07, 2013

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NYE 101: Pro tips on ringing in the New Year right


As is typically the case with any big drinking holiday, our advice for how to best enjoy New Year's Eve at the bars is to avoid it altogether.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 28, 2012

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Dram On: The imported St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram


While we take them for granted now, if you remember a bit of your history lessons, you know spices were a very hot commodity throughout much of the last millennium.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  December 14, 2012

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A Heat-Seeking Mission

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Living in New England, no stranger to the biting cold, you would think that heated alcoholic drinks would be an easy sell, but that's not always the case.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 21, 2012

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Meet applejack’s cooler cousin

How do you like them apples?
Every culture has its traditional alcoholic beverage of choice, but it has little to do with taste.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 07, 2012



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Smoke Me Out


There comes a time in every drinking career when the nuances of a well-made cocktail — the subtle botanical notes, for instance — just don't cut it anymore. You need a more intense experience.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 19, 2012

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Southie’s GrandTen enters the craft-distilling game

Getting into the Spirits
With so many small distilleries opening lately, from Ipswich's Privateer to Boston's Bully Boy, it seems like it's never been easier to launch a spirits brand.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 09, 2012

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Cocktail Central: A bar crawl through Cambridge's boozy epicenter


While the past year has seen a wealth of new craft-cocktail spots, from the elegant Hawthorne in Kenmore to Union Square's backroom-y Backbar, there still aren't enough for our taste.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 02, 2012

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Booze 101

Intro to imbibing for the recently legal
As a certified old person, I'd like to be one of the many people who will remind you this school year, and for many years to come, that you have no fucking idea what you're doing.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 26, 2012

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From the mind of Morrissey: on celebrity worship, his new book, and Boston


When you're a veteran music journalist, especially one as miserable and jaded as I am, it takes a lot to get you excited for an interview.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 25, 2012



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Booze 101

Intro to imbibing for the recently legal
Welcome back to Boston, college students! As a certified old person, I'd like to be one of the many people who will remind you this school year, and for many years to come, that you have no fucking idea what you're doing.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 06, 2012

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Recalling ghosts of emo past with Braid

In a twist
With all of the attention being paid to the fashionable genre absurdities of EDM of late, it's been easy to overlook resurgence in the previous generation's youth music culture of choice: post-hardcore/emo.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 07, 2012

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Out: Dancing among DJs at Petrol's third-anniversary party at Middlesex

Mixed and matched
The appearance of DFA Records heavyweights the Juan Maclean and Justin Miller at the third anniversary of Petrol, the monthly Tuesday-night party at Middlesex, was going off — popping off.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 29, 2012

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The Dandy Warhols don't care what you think

Dig safe
Courtney Taylor-Taylor may be the most pretentious band douche I've ever interviewed. But I wouldn't have it any other way.
By: LUKE O'NEIL  |  May 24, 2012
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