Across the Bar

Across the Bar

Pull up a seat and join author, host, and Foodable founder Paul Barron in “Across the Bar” as he treks across the country in search of the best in spirits, craft beer, and wine. Great mixologists, sommeliers, and brewers develop trends, but only the elite create movements.

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November 27, 2018 9 min
On Across the Bar, we look for the best cocktail spots across the country. Hosted by industry expert and cocktail enthusiast, Paul Barron, this show brings insight into beer, wine, and spirits trends so that you can see first-hand where the bar scene is heading.On this episode, Paul visits The Anderson in the up and coming MiMo District of Miami. The Anderson opened its doors in the Spring for 2016 by the creators of the popular ...
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Tucked into the lobby of the well-known Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood Florida, lies the intimate cocktail and music lounge, L Bar. Since 2015, L Bar has been offering cocktail enthusiasts the finest handcrafted cocktails using fresh, seasonal produce and house-made syrups along with inventive techniques to create their nostalgic yet progressive and ever-evolving menu. With the regularly rotating roster of live en...
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The opulence of the Villa Casa Casuarina was established during its former existence as the Versace Mansion. But not even a fraction of the lavishness has been lost since it was purchased and transitioned into a boutique hotel by the Victor Hotels Group in 2013. The pool is embedded with thousands of gold tiles, the breezeways are dotted with intricate fountains, and in Gianni Versace's former kitchen there now lives a cozy bar, ex...
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On this episode of "Across the Bar," we did something a little bit different. We went down to Miami to round up some of the best bartenders in the business and had them show off their skills in a black box challenge. With an ever-changing beverage industry, we wanted to get into the minds of top mixologists to see what trends they’ve been seeing and how they keep up with customer demands. For this challenge, we were lucky enough to...
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Nearly five miles south of the Hollywood sign, one can find Birch, a New American restaurant offering culinary-driven cocktails in a rustic setting. The name for this Los Angeles spot serves as a subtle homage to the hometown of its chef/owner, Brendan Collins, who grew up in Nottingham, England, near a copse of birch trees. Running Birch’s bar program is Gaby Mlynarczyk — the beverage director with over 20 years of experience who ...
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From the cool weather and cultural centers of Toronto to the sunny beaches and saucy swagger of Miami, we traveled to many different cities this year on "Across the Bar," but one thing remained the same: No matter where you go, you can always find a crisp, classic, and creative cocktail to sip on. Whether they were cocktails that made us pucker up with the refreshing, bitter bite of Aperol and grapefruit, or made us savor the sweet...
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In Miami’s already world-renowned, artsy neighborhood of Wynwood, one can find Beaker & Gray, an 110-seat eatery located at the popular avenue of North Miami, which serves thoughtfully crafted cocktails using high-quality spirits. In this episode of "Across The Bar," host Paul Barron has a chance to chat and learn from the man at the helm, manager Ben Potts, an investment banker turned bartender. After getting tired of his office j...
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Bar Manager at a.bar, Dan Hamm, landed his first job as a bartender at a craft cocktail bar. He found that bartending was a great mix of his loves: cooking, drinking, and DIY. Behind the bar, he was able to experiment with tastes and flavors while still being able to interact with guests and get immediate feedback on his work. a.bar is a sleek, contemporary restaurant that lives in the AKA hotel in Rittenhouse Square, right in the ...
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The Husk Bar is found downstairs in what used to be the master bedroom of a historic 1800s home in Rutledge Hill. Upstairs you will find the James Beard Award-winning restaurant, Husk Restaurant. The bar has an attached patio, and right outside, you will find an atrium providing something more than just a garden view. In the atrium lives the Husk’s herb garden, where bartender Mike Wolf picks herbs and garnishes at season’s peak, o...
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In New Orleans, there is a concoction that has stood the test of time. It is said to be the first-ever American cocktail — although no one can say for sure where the word “cocktail” derived from with certainty or historical proof, for that matter. It is called the Sazerac. This drink is actually the official cocktail of the Crescent City since 2008, after the Louisiana House of Representatives made a historic decision in a 62-33 vo...
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In this episode of “Across the Bar,” Foodable travels to the corner of Canal and Bourbon street to visit French 75. Perhaps one wouldn't expect a 1920s French-themed bar to do so well in modern-day times, but this classic concept is more than just a New Orleans icon. Arnaud's French Bar 75 has been named a James Beard finalist in the "Outstanding Bar Program" category for two years in a row, and head bartender Chris Hannah was even...
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Mixology lovers often believe crafting the perfect cocktail is an art, but this Boston concept takes that idea to a whole new level. Liquid Art House is not only an innovative restaurant — it's a fully-functioning art gallery. From the pieces adorning the walls to the furniture, down to the glassware and plates, everything is for sale.  "We have a curator that comes in and they rotate about every two to three months, so like a typi...
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Bar Raval, a staple in Toronto’s culinary & beverage scene and helmed by acclaimed chef Grant van Gameren with partners Robin Goodfellow and Michael Webster, is heavily influenced by the Spanish resort town San Sebastian. “To make the best use out of the space, we wanted to pack people in, so it’s standing, which exists in Spain,” said Goodfellow, who is not only a partner but also a bartender at Bar Raval. “We do pinchos all day. ...
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“The idea for a lot of the cocktails I freestyle comes down to a simple ratio: equal parts strong, sweet, sour, herbaceous,” says Jake Valianes, owner and bar manager at Linwood Essentials in Toronto. In this “Across the Bar” episode, host and Foodable founder Paul Barron imbibes three of Valianes best cocktail creations and gets the background on each.
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In Toronto, a dimly lit venue accompanied by candlelight is the home to culinary experiences beyond the imagination. It’s Frankie Solarik’s lab for culinary concoctions known as cocktails, but not of the familiar sort. BarChef, unlike many of the concepts we’ve visited on “Across the Bar” thus far, is not set at a bar, but rather more of a chef’s table. His team is not made up of bartenders, so to speak, but of chefs. In this episo...
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For a city that is mostly gray, Seattle’s Brimmer & Heeltap packs a punch of vibrancy — from its bright white walls and turquoise cushions to its plate presentations and drink garnishes. The decor reads as an eclectic mix of inspiration, which falls parallel — whether consciously or not — to the aesthetic of Seattle local Jen Doak, who spearheads the B&H ship. According to the restaurant’s website, “[Jen] is an avid menu collector,...
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We’re kicking off Season 4 of “Across the Bar” at Seattle’s Naka Kaiseki. an eatery that highlights Japanese cuisine and handcrafted cocktails that compliment and balance these unique flavors. We’re joined by Nik Virrey, bartender at Naka, who originally got into the business through coffee. “Coffee’s my starting point to kind of facilitate me going through college,” says Virrey. “And I’m like an undercover geek, so intensity on a ...
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December 23, 2015 6 min
This season’s “Across the Bar” has been our sexiest season yet. From San Francisco to Boston, this year took us in front of some of the most innovative cocktails, prepared by mastermind mixologists whose unique crafted cocktails dazzled us to the very last sip. In this compilation video, brought to you by the Foodable WebTV Network, we invite viewers back into some of the most epic drinking experiences of 2015 — from San Francisco’...
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December 22, 2015 5 min
Ross Simon realized in Scotland that he preferred booze over books. “I was better at working in a pub than I was at college, and I enjoyed it a lot more,” he says. In the early 2000s, he invested himself to learning and understanding the craft of the cocktail. And just five years later, Simon moved to the United States. Now the principal barman & proprietor at Bitter & Twisted in Phoenix, Simon continues his story in his cocktails....
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A trained sommelier with former chef aspirations, Micah Olson, co-owner and mixologist at Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails, found the perfect balance in mixology. After taking a free week-long mixology course from a renowned bartender, Olson was blown away at the limitless opportunities for creation behind the bar. In this episode of “Across the Bar,” brought to you by the Foodable WebTV Network, host Paul Barron visits the Phoenix-based...
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