Destination: Cocktails : The Traveler’s Guide to Superior Libations

Destination: Cocktails : The Traveler's Guide to Superior Libations
James Teitelbaum
September 2012
Hundreds of Black-and-White Photos
6 x 9
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The Most Authoritative Guide to the World's Best Craft Cocktails

Featuring hundreds of cocktail bars in dozens of cities across the United States and around the world, Destination: Cocktails is the traveler's guide to the craft cocktail movement. From New York to Los Angeles and London to Tokyo, this book is the ultimate reference to a network of fantastic bars providing their customers with only the best in gourmet beverages.

Destination: Cocktails explores a variety of venues, and features urban lounges, dive bars, and five-star hotels alike. Some locations are brand new, and some have been serving drinks since the 19th century. What do they have in common? They all make quality cocktails, crafted with care, using only the best ingredients.

Within these pages you'll find a curated selection of bars that have maintained a consistent buzz in the cocktail community. These are the places that come up in conversation again and again when talking to the international community of distillers, bartenders, cocktail enthusiasts, and bar owners; they are the establishments that win awards (or, at the very least, should be winning awards).

With drink reviews, insightful interviews with the proprietors and mixologists, fascinating historical trivia, and a bonus recipe section, Destination: Cocktails is an unrivaled reference book for the craft cocktail enthusiast.

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Author Information

James Teitelbaum

has been a leading figure in the Tiki revival since the early 1990s. He launched the venerable Tiki Bar Review Pages web site early in 1995, wrote the book Tiki Road Trip (Santa Monica Press, 2003), and has been the been involved in the production (to varying degrees) of Tiki events such as Exotica 2000, Exotica 2003, Tabu Tiki Nights (monthly in 2004 and 2005), and Hukilau 2005 and 2006. He lives in Chicago, where he works in the music industry, writes, and teaches.


Destination: Cocktails: The Traveler’s Guide to Superior Libations offers a good roadmap for people who probably shouldn’t be doing a lot of driving.”
Wall Street Journal

“When it’s time to belly up to the bar, you’ll want to consult Destination Cocktails: The Traveler’s Guide to Superior Libations by mixed-drink maestro James Teitelbaum.”
Boston Globe

“[Teitelbaum] has done a wonderful job of not just listing bars and their offerings, but also slowly cultivating the perfect mélange of context, history, humor, intrigue and information, much like a seasoned bartender would meticulously create a cocktail to remember.”
New York Amsterdam News

“An exuberant celebration of dives, lounges, and upscale watering holes around the globe, Teitelbaum’s guide to craft cocktails is a must-have for road-trippers and jet-setters looking to wet their gullet. Readily acknowledging the pretentiousness that can accompany many a libation and drinking establishment (“Sleeve garters, a mustache, and a bottle of Peychaud’s bitters do not a skilled bartender make.”), Teitelbaum is reverent but realistic when it comes to breaking down a bar scene.”
Publishers Weekly

“Not so long ago, James Teitelbaum’s quest for a truly superb cocktail wouldn’t have taken him very far. But a renaissance in cocktail culture has had him sipping a perfect Ramos Gin Fizz in New Orleans, a delightful Blood and Sand in San Francisco, and countless libations in far-flung places beyond. The results of his years-long search for the best pre-Prohibition-style cocktails are featured in his new book, Destination Cocktails: The Traveler’s Guide to Superior Libations.”
USA Today

“His bar guide goes national and international in an engaging, informed way… There are very appealing craft-cocktail recipes, too.”

“The first I’ve seen to detail the world’s best craft cocktail bars…Teitelbaum’s book offers a comprehensive collection that would set any budding or well-traveled cocktailian on the right path.”
— Virginia Miller, lead food and drink writer for the San Francisco Bay Guardian & the creator of The Perfect Spot newsletter

“While you are traveling is no time to skimp on fine cocktails. From busy highways to bustling airports, exploring a new city can often leave you thirsty for something strong. Find the best places to quench your thirst worldwide with James Teitelbaum’s new book Destination: Cocktails, The Traveler’s Guide to Superior Libations.”
— Anthony Dias Blue, co-owner and Editor in Chief of The Tasting Panel Magazine, owner and Executive Director of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and the San Francisco International Wine Competition

“The book would certainly be of interest to any cocktail fan planning to do a bit of traveling (unlike bar reviews on the internet, the book sticks to just the best places) in the U.S. or abroad, or to read as an intellectual exercise, learning about the current global state of the cocktail bar.”

“For cocktail-loving travelers, guidebooks can be a frustrating exercise in non-information… What to do? Enter James Teitelbaum and Destination: Cocktails: The Traveler’s Guide To Superior Libations.”

“Just a few pages was enough to make us want to pack up our bindles and travel the open roads from bar to bar.”

“This book does a good job at painting a great picture of the bar, the drinks, and their significance. All in all a great travel companion.”

“If you find yourself in one of the over forty major cities, you WILL want to have this book with you to plan your visit.”

“Not so long ago, you could count on two hands the number of serious cocktail bars in the world. Now, there are so many worthwhile places that Teitelbaum could produce a 400 page guide to cocktail destinations. The lively book covers everywhere from Austin, Texas, to Tokyo.”