"Your Airport's Bartender Problem"
THE ATLANTIC (Dec 2014)
This story took root at a Tales of the Cocktail seminar in 2013, led by Jacob Briars and Charlotte Voisey. I thought a seminar on airport bars would essentially be an amusing performance piece, starring two great presenters, but it ended up informative and touched on a lot of intriguing issues faced at airport bars. Unfortunately, 800 words in the column allows only a few bank shots off these issues.
But I had a great follow-up phone call with Jacob earlier this year, and he loaded me up with a bunch of information that I couldn't fit in, some of it updated from his seminar. This includes a list of reliable airport bar drinks: Michelada, Champagne Cocktail, Manhattan, Tom Collins, Stone Fence, St. Germain Cocktail, Bloody Mary, Negroni, and irish Coffee (most airport bars are geared up to do it).
Also, a list of other worthy airport bars, in addition to One Flew South, mentioned in the piece: The Buena Vista Cafe (SFO), Little Ludlow (MEL), Bronco (PHX — (“really surprising”); 5280 (DEN), Icon (CPH — "aquavit and schnaps"), and Virgin Clubhouse (LHR — a private airline lounge, actually).