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The New Old Bar
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The New Old Bar
Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from The Hearty Boys

The New Old Bar, a collection of almost 200 vintage cocktail recipes, takes the fear out of entertaining and demystifies the party-throwing experience. Authors Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith comprise the Chicago restaurant and catering duo known as The Hearty Boys, the winners of the very first series of The Next Food Network Star. In their new book, McDonagh and Smith lay out exactly what you need to host successful cocktail parties, including vital information on bar setup, equipment needs, and proper shaking and blending techniques.

Each cocktail recipe is paired with a short, informational "cheat sheet" that gives you just enough of the drink's backstory to enable you to sound like a well-marinated bar veteran as you measure, mix, and muddle for your guests. Since no cocktail is complete without a salty, crunchy foil, the twenty-five recipes for updated bar snacks features a versatile array of complementary and easy finger-food favorites that will perfectly prime your palate.

Combining little-known vintage favorites with updated twists on classic standards, The New Old Bar shows how to make the favorite cocktails that every host and hostess should have in their repertoire. The Hearty Boys have charmed the country with their breezy, insouciant take on food and entertaining, and now they bring the same warmth, humor, and easy expertise to the world of classic cocktails. Drink up!


Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith form the culinary duo The Hearty Boys, who won the very first season of The Next Food Network Star, and hosted the Food Network series Party Line with the Hearty Boys. They have appeared on CBS's The Early Show and in Life, The New Yorker, and the New York Times, among other publications. They live in Chicago, where they operate The Hearty Boys catering business and the acclaimed restaurant Hearty.

Steve visits ABC 7


Title The New Old Bar
Subtitle Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from The Hearty Boys
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 15 November 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1-57284-139-7
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-139-0
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572841390
Reference no. 93284100215330
Publication Date 15 November 2012
Dimensions 7.3 x 9.3 in.
Weight 21 oz.
List Price $12.97
Format ePub
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1-57284-710-7
ISBN-13 978-1-57284-710-1
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781572847101
Reference no. 978-1-57284-710-1
Publication Date 15 November 2012
List Price $9.99

Additional Materials

NOB presskit ( pdf 175 KB )
Steve talks cocktails and makes the Blood and Sand

The science and art of the cocktail
Steve mixes drinks for WBEZ's Tony Sarabia and discusses the evolution of the cocktail

Cocktails and snacks with The Hearty Boys


Press Reviews

Everyday Drinker
"This book is really kick-ass....It's a great book that will get you classics.... It's all the stuff I've been saying, it makes sense. You're taking classic cocktails and you're introducing them to a new age of [readers]."
- Derrick Schommer

A History of Drinking
"Containing recipes for over 200 fun classic and contemporary cocktails and creative bar snacks to pair with them, it makes a perfect addition to the collection for any home entertainer in your

- Gregory Priebe

Susie Drinks Dallas
Jan 9, 2013
"This a beauty."
- Susie

Jan 30, 2013
"Most of the time, when we want to make drinks at home, we just want to make cocktails that are simple and tasty. Steve McDonagh, with his partner Dan Smith from Heart Restaurant, has recently published a book, The New Old Bar, which tackles this overwhelming world with ease and aplomb."
- Paul Leddy

Chicago Tribune
Jan 13, 2013
"…McDonagh offers user-friendly advice, describing the equipment needed to set up a bar and how to gradually build a variety of spirits for use in the book's 200 recipes."
- Nancy Maes
Feb 24, 2013
"The simple cocktails, like gimlets and daiquiris, paired with the salty snacks featured in the pages of 'New Old Bar' will take you back in time. You'll feel like you are lounging in a prohibition-era speakeasy when you try out some of these libations." - Eatocracy
Dec 14, 2012
"Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith won the first season of 'The Next Food Network Star' and went on to write my single most favorite entertaining book of all time, 'Talk With Your Mouth Full.' Their

- Kat Kinsman

Intoxicated Zodiac Blog
Dec 20, 2012
"[N]o matter if you are just starting your foray into the world of prohibition-era tipples, or if you are an old hand at crafting classic cocktails… hands down… this book rocks. simple as that

- Gwen

Related News

We had the Hearty Boys, Steve Mcdonagh and Dan Smith, in our kitchen today and they were whipping up some great classic cocktails and salty snacks from their new book The Old New Bar.  Click through for the recipes.

Cocktails and snacks with The Hearty Boys
Nov 27, 2012

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-Virginie Boone
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Cocktails and snacks for holiday entertaining at home
-Wayne Johnson Nov 29, 2012

"It's times like this that you need a modern guide to entertaining, with an emphasis on the art of cocktail-making. And luckily, we're found a neat little book to help in this: The New Old Bar..."

New Old Bar Interview
-Tom Muzyka Feb 1, 2013

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