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Lou Bustamante

Lou Bustamante is a freelance writer covering the bar and cocktail scene for local and national publications, and author of The Complete Cocktail Manual and The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book. Aside from being a prolific cocktail drinker, he has also filled a considerable number of roles within the spirits industry, including working at a distillery and behind the bar.

The liquor-making tour at Lost Spirits Distillery is a Disney-like carnival of surreal experiences.

Disneyland Has Got Nothing on This

A tour of Lost Spirits Distillery includes a rum engineered to taste like the grog that the swashbuckling sailors in Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride might drink

Dec 6, 2018
The early morning crowd at Pop's bar in San Francisco's Mission District.

It's Got to Be 5 p.m. Somewhere

An early morning pub crawl encounters firefighters, police officers, bus drivers, baggage handlers, bakers, warehouse workers and hospital workers -- anyone who needs a drink
Nov 20, 2018
Daniel Parks mixes a bird of paradise cocktail at Pagan Idol in San Francisco, one of the new wave of tiki bars.

Return of the Tiki

Tiki bars—as much about atmosphere as booze—are back and better than ever.

Feb 1, 2018
Hearst Editorial

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