Prairie School, panelist Jim Meehan's new bar in Chicago, takes its design inspiration from architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Prairie School, panelist Jim Meehan’s new bar in Chicago, takes its design inspiration from architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Anthony Tahlier

If you think “brawl” when you hear the word “bar,” you haven’t been frequenting the chic watering holes that fuel the current cocktail culture. Episode 43 focuses on them. First, we discuss the social dictums that bartenders follow in order to maintain an atmosphere of cordial collegiality in the room.

For our second course, we discuss the surprising elements of bar design. Today’s top bars are conceived with everything from sightlines to social comfort in mind.

And finally, why are bars so expensive to own and run? Our three experts weigh in.

Meet our mixologist panelists: Jeffrey Morgenthaler is the author of “Drinking Distilled: A User’s Manual.” Jim Meehan is the author of “Meehan’s Bartender Manual.” And Jacob Grier is the author of “Cocktails on Tap: The Art of Mixing Spirits and Beer.”

Our host is Katherine Cole.

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