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BOOZE BAG: The advent of the artisanal cocktail culture has turned mixology into a bona fide profession — one that requires a toolbox worth of equipment. Just ask Jim Meehan, bartender and managing partner at Please Don’t Tell, an East Village speakeasy specializing in couture libations, who has to schlep multiple jiggers, strainers, ice picks, shakers and knives when performing regular demonstrations in New York and abroad. “There is something not very elegant about showing up to a liquor company with a backpack,” said Meehan, who won bartender of the year at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, the so-called Olympics of bartending.
It’s fitting, then, that Meehan was tapped to design a bartender’s bag for Moore & Giles — a first in a series of “occupational” one-offs for the Virginia-based company. Inspired by camera lens bags, the square waxed cotton carrier includes a waterproof main compartment with enough room for a few shakers, serving glasses and a 750-ml. bottle; a front pocket with elastic sleeves for strainers, and a separate roll-up for knives and picks. The Meehan Bag, which will be sold on the firm’s Web site, bartending trade outlets and other stores, will retail for $645.