while steven was here, i pushed him to contrast nyc and boston cocktail bars. nyc: speakeasy-er; more expensive; knowledgeable cocktail waiters serve you. boston: louder; more face time with the (knowledgeable) bartenders, more suits (seriously guys, a manhattan is more manly than beer). i'd agree based on my two data points in new york. and, being biased, i value the bartender interaction the most. boston's not a bad drink town after all, minus the puritanism and t schedule.
i'm heading to san francisco tomorrow to visit with a lot of my old stanford friends, and at least two anticipated new friends: alembic and bourbon and branch. i have great expectations, and am also anxious to see how the sf cocktail feel differs from boston and nyc.