This isn’t just about separating the dives from the “high-class” joints. Far from it. It’s actually more about figuring out if you’re in a real, solid cocktail bar, or if you’re in a bar that’s trying to fake it. There are countless bars in both big cities and beyond that serve top-notch cocktails. Unfortunately there are as many or more bars that hope to cash in on the trend without the commitment, knowledge, or passion to pull it off. Here’s how to tell the difference before you order.
For further explanation on each point, head to this post from the archives. And kudos to the proud dive bars who don’t fake it. Cheers to those guys.