I love the trends of:
1. Bars producing elaborate, creative cocktail menus.
2. Especially when they are offered as purchasable souvenirs.
3. And extra-specially when bartenders mail them to me for keeping!
Here are a few that have come into my hands lately. Sorry about my lousy photography skills. I guess you'll have to fly around the world and see these in person...
Beaufort Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London
Chris Moore of Beaufort Bar mailed me their incredible pop-up menu, which was made in a limited edition of 1000 copies.
Black Pearl, Melbourne, Australia
Their drink menu is a baseball card album, and I believe they said you get to keep the card for the drink you order. Here are some of the cards.
And if that's not a good enough souvenir for you, Black Pearl also offers a naked bartender calendar.
Last week in New York for the (cancelled) Manhattan Cocktail Classic I ran into one of the owners of Nightjar, who handed me their latest card deck. They are several editions into doing this.
My pal Geoffrey Canilao handed me the menu for his new bar Balderdash when we were together at the Reykjavik Bar Summit a couple of months ago. The menu is on a fold-out subway map with cocktails on either side.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Ross Simon of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour sent me their latest menu, which is a comic book comprising of a lot of parts. There is a chart with how exotic/safe/refreshing/boozy the drinks are (similar to what Pouring Ribbons has done with their menu), some fun illustrations, and cocktails listed with upsell prices (economy, business, and first classes) depending on the base spirit used.
Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog, New York, New York, USA
The Dead Rabbit fellas recently released the third edition of their cocktail menu; this one with some fold-out illustrated pages to make it even more impressive than the last two. The menu costs $50 at the bar to take home, but if you have the patience they're also releasing a full cocktail book (including the recipes not just the menu) this fall.