Scholar, author, and drinker, Dane Huckebridge is as well traveled as he is well read. Journeying from coasts and countries he's learned his way around a bottle. A man of the world, Dane cherishes America's spirit and it's history so much so that he wrote the book on it..and by America's spirit you know we mean bourbon.
The Princeton grad sat down with us to talk bar favorites.
Favorite Drinks: "Oh, that's a tough one, just because there's so much good stuff out there. When it comes to cocktails, I think a stiff, well-made Manhattan is hard to beat, but straight up, not on the rocks. If I'm drinking bourbon neat, Blanton's, Knob Creek, or Eagle Rare are all enjoyable, although there are tons of good bourbons I'm happy to drink. When it comes to rum, I've been a long-time fan of Puerto Rico's Ron del Barrilito Tres Estrellas, and as for beer, Chimay is dynamite, but I'll just take a Miller High Life more often than not."
Favorite Bar: "Another tough question, but a few spring to mind. In Manhattan, I've always loved Old Town Bar, Decibel, Zum Schneider, The Great Jones Cafe, and The Campbell Apartment. In Paris, there's a nice little cafe called Le Petit Fer a Cheval I've always gotten a kick out of, and in London, I've enjoyed a few pints at the old Churchill Arms and The Windsor Castle nearby. In New Orleans, I could drink sazeracs at Napoleon House all day long, and came pretty close on a couple of occasions. My favorite bar of all time, however, might be El Batey in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rum is cheaper than water there, and the jukebox has an unbeatable selection of salsa and classic rock."
Must-have Bar Essential: "Antique absinthe spoons? Just kidding. I'd say a few rocks glasses, soda and tonic water, a bottle of decent whiskey, a bottle of vodka, and a bottle of gin. Lemons don't hurt either. With that, you can make something almost anyone will like. Well, maybe not rummies."
Hailing from the American Midwest, Dane currently resides in New York City. His fiction and essays have appeared in various magazines and journals, including Tin House, The New Delta Review, and The New Republic. Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit, his first non-fiction piece is in stores now.