Among 2018's biggest bar trends were the rise of made-for-Instagram cocktails, bitter spirits taking the spotlight, and a more casual atmosphere in craft cocktail bars. In short, the continued cocktail renaissance has shifted into a different gear to keep appealing to a more diverse audience. Now that it's time for a whole new year of drinking, we asked some of New York City's top bartenders to share their predictions for 2019 bar trends, the hot new spirits and the new kind of bar on the rise. Rum and brandy come into their own One of 2018’s biggest trends was the return of serious craft to the art of tiki cocktails, ditching the sugary mixes you know for refined, vintage rums. “In the past few years, terroir and artistry in the category has risen exponentially, and now there are endless subcategories to the genre: cachaça and clairin chief amongst them,” says William Elliott, bar director at Maison Premiere, Sauvage and The High Line Hotel's seasonal bar … [Read more...] about 2019 Bar Trends: Here’s What Cocktails We’ll Be Drinking
By E.J. Dionne Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 | 2 a.m. View more of the Sun's opinion section Editorials - the Sun's viewpoint Columnists - local and syndicated writers Letters to the editor - readers' views Write a letter to the editor Warning lights should have been flashing early on during William Barr’s confirmation hearings last Tuesday. But our nation’s political class is so eager to think that an establishment figure would never capitulate to President Donald Trump that the moment went by with barely a nod. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, asked the would-be attorney general about his June 8, 2018 memo that offered an expansive view of presidential authority. Barr eviscerated what he took to be special counsel Robert Mueller’s interpretation of the obstruction of justice statute. His focus on Section 1512 of the criminal code surely overjoyed Trump since Barr asserted that “there is no legal prohibition ... … [Read more...] about William Barr and the art of the smokescreen
Mikayla Whitmore A look at Bonnie Springs Ranch in Las Vegas, NV on June 25, 2016. By C. Moon Reed (contact) Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 | 2 a.m. Related Content Planned housing at Bonnie Springs won’t kill site’s charm, developer insists The public backlash was swift. Recently, news broke that Bonnie Springs Ranch would be redeveloped. The petting zoo and Wild West town would give way to luxury homes and a smaller public area with an inn, restaurant and event space. Perhaps tired of watching old casinos implode, Las Vegans clenched onto their nostalgia with both fists. Visitation to Bonnie Springs since the announcement has markedly increased, according to an employee there. The advocacy group Save Red Rock says it received “60,000 engagements on the issue.” Two “Save Bonnie Springs” online petitions have garnered a combined 51,478 signatures and counting. “Being born and raised here in Las Vegas, I have seen this city grown beyond its … [Read more...] about Citizens try to save Bonnie Springs Ranch from development. But how?
By Patrick Maloney, InsideSources.com Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 | 2 a.m. View more of the Sun's opinion section Editorials - the Sun's viewpoint Columnists - local and syndicated writers Letters to the editor - readers' views Write a letter to the editor Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a public holiday in 1983, after President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation establishing it. The quiz below provides an opportunity to test your knowledge of King and the modern civil rights movement, which took shape in the 1950s and 1960s when a confluence of social and economic factors enabled political change. 1. In what well-known sermon did the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. suggest “withdrawing economic support” from businesses to obtain fair treatment? A. The Death of Evil Upon the Seashore B. I’ve Been to the Mountaintop C. I See the Promised Land D. The Drum Major Instinct 2. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson held a White House conference on civil rights. Which black civil … [Read more...] about Test your knowledge of the civil rights movement
By Mike Prevatt (contact) Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 | 2 a.m. Plans are underway for the first Las Vegas Stripper Parade. The three-day conference is being planned for Aug. 10-12, starting with Saturday night’s parade on Main Street and featuring “performers of all genders, ages and body types” atop decorated floats and art cars, with Mardi Gras-style gift interaction between participants and spectators. It is touted as “a proud celebration of the art and culture of strippers.” The industry-geared expo and pool party would begin Sunday at a Downtown Las Vegas location to be revealed at the end of the effort’s monthlong Kickstarter campaign, which launches on Tuesday with a $100,000 goal. “Crowdfunding this project enables us to stay true to the vision and prioritize the real needs of the stripper community,” said event co-producer Polly Superstar in a news release. Superstar, a feminist, author and personality who founded the Bay Area kink/sex … [Read more...] about Parade celebrating the ‘art and culture of strippers’ planned for Las Vegas