The allure of a bar is never based solely on its drinks. Here, in Mix Tapes, Kenny Herzog sheds light on some of the best bar playlists and the philosophies behind them. First up: a glimpse of the hip-hop-centric sound at Proletariat Bar.
“Livin’ on a Prayer.” “Come on Eileen.” “Fat Bottomed Girls.” All of these songs, plus a handful of others, have become American bar classics, their appeal spanning all ages and locales. Kenny Herzog talks with music critics about the making of a timeless barroom hit.
Whiskey producers big and small are narrowing the gap between craft beer and whiskey by either distilling from finished beers, or aging their whiskies in barrels that previously held beer. Kenny Herzog on how and why the two worlds are moving closer together.
A bar’s soundtrack is as much a part of a drinker’s experience as the type of whiskey on the shelf. In a time when auto-generated Spotify playlists rule, a few select venues are holding on to that treasured barroom staple of yesteryear: the jukebox. Kenny Herzog rounds up some of best remaining CD- and vinyl-operated bar jukes in the country.
Comedian and musician Dave Hill straddles an odd balance of near-celebrity and cult persona. Here, he talks with Kenny Herzog about messy rockstar nights, his new Steve Carell-produced comedy and affection for Islay scotch.