IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Battle of the Beverages at The Pamalympics

Last night, the ruby-red pomegranate liqueur company, Pama Liqueur, along with USBGNY, hosted their first annual Pamalympics at one of our fave downtown hubs, Pouring Ribbons. The highly anticipated cocktail competition was judged by Eben Freeman, Pama Brand Spokesperson & Director of Bar Operations and Innovation at Altamarea Group, MaryCrae Guild, Pama Brand Manager, and Brian Quinn, Foodrepublic.com cocktail columnist.

HAPPENINGS
Drink. Donate. Help Black Out Sandy

So many homes, small businesses, families and friends were devastated by Hurricane Sandy’s vicious winds, rain and flooding. Just one of the communities that was heavily tainted was NYC bar industry. In a city that’s so into food and drink, many of our beloved EV, LES and downtown bars and restaurants were forced to close their doors for over a week while some were sadly flooded.

Yet, in the spirit of resilience, the bar community has really come together since the storm to help with relief efforts. The USBG (United States Bartenders Guild) has spent many days helping to clean flooded restaurants and bars and have even hit devastated neighborhoods like Red Hook, Rockaways and Staten Island. And, many bars are opening up their doors to host fundraising benefits.

LIQUID COURAGE
Hot New East Village Sipping Spots

The East Village is home to some of the best boozy bars in the city, so it's no surprise that two new spots have opened up, dishing out creative cocktails.

Evelyn Drinkery is not only a cocktail mecca, but it's also budget friendly, which we all know is hard to find in the city that never sleeps. The cocktail bar resembles an old-style saloon, split distinctly into two parts -- the front room, which has masculine features such as wooden benches and exposed brick, while the back room has a more feminine appeal with banquettes and cocktail waitresses. The Drinkery is brought to you by Drummer Hoff Hospitality, which was founded by Jared Shepard, Justin August Fairweather, and Christian Sanders, who have had extensive experience in the cocktail industry. The cocktail program at the bar is broken down into four categories: juleps, collins, cocktails, and spirited phosphates. If you're wondering what that last one is exactly, it's booze-infused housemade sodas (carbonated cocktails are hot right now). Not only are their phosphate drinks to die for and their liquor concoctions unique and tasty, but they surprise you with a non-traditional pricing for the city, clocking in between $7 and $11. With bargains, booze, and an 'all are welcome' attitude, this is sure to be the new 'it' desitination this Fall.