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with murray’s health waning, i am reminded of his salad days (ok maybe decades) when he had the bartending game on lock.  after a brief disappearance leading to a wild goose hunt, my sources pointed me to the pan pacific, where murray was rumoured to be directing the hotel’s revamped cocktail program. however, my hopes were dashed when we arrived with no murray to be found.  sure, the cocktail list had his mark on it, but there’s something lackluster about having your bartender read off a recipe as they’re mixing. this just goes to show that one man cannot alone make a great bar and one bar cannot make a better bartender. but with all that said, it’s not bad for a hotel bar; at least there’s more than just a vodka tonic waiting for you.

bright lights, bigger city

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