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Philip Ward’s recommendations on what to drink and where to eat and drink in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco and Guadalajara.



East Village


304 East 6th Street

New York, NY 10003

T: 212.253.5888



Drink | Tequila & Mezcal

Tequila | Favorites For Sipping

Philip Wards’s Tequila & Mezcal Recommendations: Siete Leguas, El Tesoro, Ocho Tequila, Del Maguey Vida

Siete Legaus

Family owned -- they still use a Tahona.

El Tesoro

Family owned -- they still use wooden fermentation vats.

Ocho Terrior

Vintage driven tequila courtesy of Tomas Estes.


The Best Way To Use It | Neat

The best was to drink mezcal is neat, but it also works fantastic in drinks. Any style of drinks, just like there is no one way to eat a Reese’s. Its unique characteristics are not just the equal of most base spirits, but in my opinion, its body makes it superior to most.

Mezcal Recs | Del Maguey Vida

For price and quality, it cannot be beat.

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Favorite Places To Drink Tequila & Mezcal

Cocktails at Big Star in Chicago

Photographs courtesy of: Big Star

Guadalajara | Pare De Sufrir Tome Mezcal

It’s best place in world to drink mezcal and it’s in Guadalajara. Its my favorite bar on the planet.

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San Francisco | Tommy’s

It’s tequila mecca.

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Chicago | Big Star

Where to drink tequila when you’re in Chicago.

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Mayahuel - East Village - New York, NY

Photographs courtesy of Mayahuel

Drink | New York City

Where To Take A Visiting Bartender

The Wrong Aisle Cocktail at PDT | Clover Club | Cocktails at Employees Only

Photographs courtesy of: David Engelhardt for Find. Eat. Drink. | Clover Club | Employees Only

I’d take him to a lot of different places to show him what different places are doing. Variety is what makes cocktails special.

In Manhattan:

- Death and Company


- Milk and Honey

- Little Branch

- Employees Only

In Brooklyn:

- Clover Club

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Eat | New York City

Where To Eat

Ramen at Ippudo | Fried Chicken at Momofuku

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink. | Arnold Gatilao [flickr]


For ramen.


For fried chicken or kimchi stew.


For a little bit of everything.

Prime Meats

For a burger.

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Find | Resources

Favorite Cocktail Resources

Difford’s Cocktail Guides

Difford’s Guide & Ardent Spirits

I don’t read too many things of a media nature, but a few I enjoy are Simon Difford’s work and Gary Regan’s Ardent Spirits.

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Cocktail Recipes

- The Good Cork


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