The annual Style Weekly bar guide came out this week. I've always held a certain affinity for this issue because it was this week 2 years ago that I began writing for Style Weekly. Oh and I'm a bartender, so there's that.
For this year's issue we decided to look at the bar scene through a historical lens since this year is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Richmond, Virginia was of course a very big player during those tumultuous times.
With that in mind, I did an essay style piece on a night spent out with local restaurateur Randy O'Dell (Mezzanine and Belly Timber). We did a 'historical bar crawl'. We got drunk. Searched for meaning. Got more drunk. It was interesting. Click here for that one.
I also worked with 5 of the best mixologists in town on a feature we called 'Stirring Up Spirits'. They all were tasked with making a cocktail that coincided with a major moment in Richmond history. They all crushed it. Click here to read that.
Click here for an overview of the entire guide. Some very interesting drunk history and a good look at the current hot spots here in the RVA. For you locals, yes that is Otto Bartch posing as a horny Abe Lincoln on the cover. Hilarious photo shoot.
This week in Style Weekly I attempted to help a charity fundraiser that some bartender friends of mine have started, Cocktails For A Cause. They have a bartender auction coming up so I pimped that while still managing to make fun of and offend multiple people.
Great cause and a good way to get drunk without feeling that bad about it. Click here or pick up a copy of Style.