Clarity is a cozy fine-dining restaurant tucked away in Vienna with a lively atmosphere, excellent food, and good drinks. Ambiance: **** Decor: **** Cocktails: ***1/2 Service: ****1/2 Overall: 4 Vienna and I have never quite clicked. One of the richest towns in the country, Vienna is certainly beautiful and choc-full of well-bred folks, but I’ve yet to be invited… Read More Among My Betters – Clarity
This week I’m reviewing “The Silk Roads” by Peter Frankopan, which recasts world history as an Asian-centric story rather than the European saga we are raised with. As I write this and think of the scale and breadth of Frankopan’s book, I’m a little embarrassed that I didn’t search the ends of the Earth (or the… Read More Cocktails at the Crossroads
“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” -W. B. Yeats This week I’m reviewing Jonathan Lee’s “High Dive” a retelling of the IRA’s 1984 failed assassination of Margaret Thatcher. The book’s searing description of the Troubles brought to mind Ireland and, of course, drinking. So I… Read More Emerald Isle Cocktails
“A beautiful city is Richmond, seated on the hills that overlook the James River. The dwellings have a pleasant appearance, often standing by themselves in the midst of gardens. In front of several, I saw large magnolias, their dark, glazed leaves glittering in the March sunshine.” – William Cullen Bryant Last week I spied a… Read More A Boozy Guide to Richmond
Situated amidst the busy slots and tables MGM National Harbor, Felt offers visitors an impossibly sophisticated and chic atmosphere and a stylish bar. Ambiance: **** Decor: ****1/2 Service: ***1/2 Cocktails: ***1/2 Overall Rating: 3.75 It had been a long while since I last visited National Harbor. And boy, things have changed – driving in on a snowy… Read More Glitz and Glamour – Felt
This week I’m reviewing C.E. Morgan’s new novel “The Sport of Kings” which put me in a Kentucky Derby state of mind. Although I don’t have much experience with horse racing, I do perceive it as a boozy sport. Its premiere events, the Triple Crown, inspire all sorts of elegant cocktails, while its more blue-collar… Read More Cocktails at the Racetrack
Spectral perfection in the East Village, Death and Co. is the epitome of neighborhood New York class, with a friendly crowd, super service, and stellar, carefully crafted cocktails. Ambiance: ***** Decor: ***** Service: ***** Cocktails: ***** Overall Rating: 5 “It is never easier to understand the mind of a bomb-wielding anarchist than when standing amid a… Read More Nocturnal Alchemy – Death & Co.