Pamela Wiznitzer

A red affair

A few weekends ago I spent an amazing weekend in Mexico for my friends' wedding. While sitting beachside, my friends happily drank down frozen Piña Coladas, Daiquiris and Margaritas with ease while I slowly sipped a red, bubbly concoction. When asked about my cocktail, I responded, "oh, it's a...

Thursday, May 10, 2012, 9:36 PM

Viva la Derby!

They say two is better than one and in the case of holidays, it’s always more exciting to celebrate conjoining festivals. We often see this case most prominently during Easter and Passover, and Hanukkah and my birthday (subsequently I did not receive extra presents as a child because of the overlap...

Friday, May 4, 2012, 11:01 PM

A case for the vodka soda

With the rise of what is now considered the second "Golden Cocktail" era in full effect, many bars and restaurants are stepping up their game with their drink programs and the talent they boast behind their bars. Bartenders are ditching their titles for more complex statuses of Mixologist or Bar/...

Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:01 PM

Where do bartenders go when they're not tending bar?

With more New Yorkers venturing outside of their 600 square foot apartments and into some on the city’s finest eating and drinking establishments, their level of curiosity continues to increase about new venues to grab a bite and a beverage. I applaud information hubs such as Grubstreet, Urbandaddy...

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 10:58 PM

Down below: A guide to NYC basement bars

I have a few fears in my life: darkness, spiders, Ryan Seacrest and basements. I’m not sure what haunts me the most about those spaces, perhaps it’s the lack of windows or the fact that when I was a child, I used to believe that monsters lived in the basement of my house. Thank goodness that with...

Friday, March 23, 2012, 11:27 PM

Surprise! 'Pop-up bartending' takes NYC by storm

Many New Yorkers would agree that one of the greatest aspects of living in this city is the constant element of surprise. Something new always seems to be on the horizon and keeps us all on our toes. 2011 seemed to be the big year for restaurants to experiment with “pop-up” concepts with numerous...

Thursday, March 15, 2012, 11:19 PM

Drinking 2.0: The best apps for your night out

Thirsty and need to find the closest bar? Need the recipe to whip up a classic martini at home? Want to send your friend on the other side of the country a beer?There’s an app for that.These days, we are all tied to our phones. As wonderful (or sad) as it may be, smart phones have become an...

Thursday, March 8, 2012, 9:27 PM

How to get a bartender to like you

It’s a Saturday night in the city. Bars all over the boroughs are abuzz with New Yorkers eager to quench their thirst. You finally get through the front door of your destination only to discover a packed room with the bar three people deep waiting to order drinks. It is these moments when it seems...

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 8:01 AM

The dating game: Finding the perfect spot to impress your crush

Ah, dating in New York City. It’s romantic, it’s exhilarating, it’s exciting ... and it’s exhausting. Being an active dater in this city, I can name a few elements that will eliminate your chances at a second shot of love.1)Using your cell phone. It’s just rude, unless you are a doctor on-call or...

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 7:50 AM

Pisco’s Big Day

Pam likes pisco. This is not merely based upon alliteration (although it never hurts), but rather because it is a bright, vibrant and unique spirit that has been earning well-deserved real estate space on bar shelves around the city. Being one of the more popular alcohols in areas of South America...

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 10:18 AM

The Drink Wiz

When I was a child, I was often asked by my parents “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I responded with the usual answers such as a ballerina, teacher, news anchor and a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (OK, that last answer is slightly atypical).However, never in a million years did I...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 9:22 PM