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Thursday, August 18, 2011

August's Where to Drink Now

It seems not a week goes by without another notable wine bar, cocktail lounge, coffeehouse or bottle shop opening—here’s a quick roundup of where we’re looking forward to imbibing this month.

8th Street Bottle Shop
Los Angeles’ favorite beer chicks Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune curated the 100+ craft beer selection at this downtown bottle shop inside Ced Moses’ Golden Gopher, so good brews are aplenty.
417 W. 8th St., Los Angeles; 8thstreetbottleshop.com

Barrel Room
Open a mere week and already generating positive buzz, the Barrel Room (co-owned by sommeliers Nikki Goddard and Sarah Trubnick) focuses on small-production, terroir-driven wines, with a rotating list that highlights various regions around the globe. This month’s menu offers up more than a dozen flights (with everything from bubbles to obscure French whites to Loire reds), “comparisons” (blind tastings of two different wines), dessert wines and even a wine cocktail.
620 Post St., San Francisco; 415-775-8100; barrelroomsf.com

The Everleigh
The Milk & Honey crew heads Down Under to open their first Australian bar with a focus on, what else, the classics.
Level 1, 150-156 Gertrude St., Fitzroy, Australia

Sip clandestine cocktails like the namesake Jbird Swizzle with jasmine-infused rum, Don’s spices, blueberry syrup, fresh fruit and bitters, or the North Garden with apple brandy, bourbon, scotch, demerara and bitters at this intimate new penthouse bar in midtown Manhattan. The space is small, so reservations are required, but you can book via email. Photo courtesy Jbird.
251 W. 48th St., New York City; jbirdny.com

Houston's latest cocktail lounge gives locals plenty to choose from, whether it's a classic Clover Club, a refreshing Constantino (aka Hemingway Daiquiri) or a summery Mai Tai. Pair those with an order of truffle fries, and you'll have a new favorite hangout.
5175 Westheimer Rd., Houston; 281-940-4636; prohibitionhouston.com

Rize Coffee
Rise and shine with a shot of Stumptown Hairbender espresso at this cozy Murray Hill café in Manhattan. Bonus points for locally made pastries, ice cream from Jane’s in Kingston, N.Y. and frozen yogurt made in-house.
122 42nd St., New York City; 212-663-7493; rizecoffee.com

Silver Lining
Head to Sasha Petraske’s new subterranean Tribeca bar for jazz (often played on a classic Steinway, no less) and equally enticing cocktails (from their index of more than 400 classic and contemporary fixes).
75 Murray St., New York City; 212-513-1234