GQ’S Guide: How To Stock A Home Bar

Get started on your own home bar with some expert advice from our friends at GQ.
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ASSEMBLE YOUR ARSENAL
How you assemble your bar depends on two things: your wallet and your temperament. Got a lot of money and no restraint? Pick up every bottle here and go nuts. (Also: Let’s hang out.) But the other end of the spectrum—not much money, tons of restraint—isn’t all that bad, either. We call that collection the Core, because it’s those seven liquors that should be the base of your bar. Rye whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum give you a totally unassailable selection of drinks. Then you’ll need sweet and dry vermouth, for Manhattans and martinis; a bottle of bitters; and always, always fresh citrus. All that together? A hundred and fifty bucks.


SELTZER WATER
Takes the sting out of high-proof booze, while adding a little kick of carbonation. Totally necessary for highballs, spritzers and rickeys of all sorts.
FRENCH VERMOUTH
Most martinis call for dry, French vermouth. Some Manhattans do, too. And if you want to be able to make either drink “Perfect” (half sweet, half dry vermouth) you better have both on hand.
GIN
Every bar has gin.
This is not up for debate.
TONIC WATER
For G&T’s, bro.
VODKA
Even if you haven’t been able to stomach vodka since college (and, hey, you’re not alone) you’re still going to need a bottle in your bar to please the ridiculous number of vodka-soda drinkers in your life.
From there, start growing—but be selective. Gosling’s rum (and a bottle of ginger beer) will help you quench your Dark ‘n’ Stormy craving. A good bourbon like Hillrock’s and any Islay scotch will satisfy the people in your life who like to drink things neat. Tequila and triple sec are necessary if you’re a margarita man—Ilegal mezcal and Dry Curaçao if you expect a lot from your margaritas. Most bar nerds will insist on Campari, but we think Gran Classico—a Swiss-made variation—makes for a better Negroni. Whether you want absinthe is up to you, but how are you supposed to rinse a Sazerac glass without it?


UPGRADE YOUR BAR



Making great drinks doesn’t just take top-shelf booze—you need the right equipment, too.





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Back2Business Happy Hour

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Great ideas and great style got together at our Times Square store on September 18th during Express and GQ’s #Back2Business Happy Hour. Co-hosted by the mag’s executive stylist, Brett Fahlgren, and the four entrepreneurs vying for a grant to grow their businesses, the exclusive event had all the party essentials covered: good company, sharp outfits, a killer playlist courtesy of DJ Kraff and some fine adult beverages. Here’s a rundown.



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BRETT FAHLGREN
EXECUTIVE STYLIST/PUBLISHING
INSTAGRAM: @BRETTFAHLGREN

Brett shared his savvy approach to looking professional without sacrificing personal style and brought along a GQ tailor so guests could walk away with a perfectly fitted suit. Among his favorites: the wrinkle-resistant pieces from our Traveler Collection.



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OUR ENTREPRENEURS
JEFF MROZ, NICK TARANTO, BASTIAAN JANMAAT & MIKE HROSTOSKI

The guys spent the night working the room and talking up their businesses – no surprise there. But they paused the mingling long enough for a Twitter Q&A.



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WHISKY TASTING
TIPS ON THE GOOD STUFF

The night’s resident whiskey expert led guests through the ins and outs of ryes, scotches and bourbons.



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STYLE BLOGGERS
METRO MAN’S MOTI ANKARI, CLOSET FREAKS’ ANTHONY URBANO & ONE DAPPER STREET’S MARCEL FLORUSS

Ties and baseball jackets, caps and henleys with suiting – the sporty-meets- dressy thing is totally working for you, guys. Check out more of their looks on Instagram: @themetroman, @oh_anthonio & @onedapperstreet



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Dressing Up & Down With GQ’s Brett Fahlgren

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The pressure is on. As the victor in the 2014 GQ Back To Business contest, Plated co-founder Nick Taranto has gained national exposure as a successful and stylish entrepreneur. Now he’s got to keep up appearances. Enter Brett Fahlgren, GQ’s Executive Stylist/Publishing. Watch as Brett guides Nick through the right look for several occasions and shares tips that’ll work for every guy.



Look good to you? Find these outfits and more in our Back To Business Shop, then follow @EXPRESSRUNWAY on Instagram and show us how you wear them. Tag your pic with #Back2Business and you could be featured by Express.


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ABOUT BRETT FAHLGREN, GQ’S EXECUTIVE STYLIST/PUBLISHING:
With a resume that includes tenures at Prada and Calvin Klein, Brett Fahlgren helps guide men’s fashion choices through comprehensive style tips and one-on-one personal shopping consultations. Brett’s connections with top menswear designers and fashion editors make him a go-to resource among celebrities and professional athletes. In addition to his role as GQ‘s Executive Stylist/Publishing, Brett has also hosted and produced GQ’s Milan Fashion Report, interviewing top menswear designers including Miuccia Prada, Dolce and Gabbana and Giorgio Armani. Brett currently resides in New York City.



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We’ve Got A Winner!

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It’s been a tight race, but one lucky entrepreneur rose above the rest to win the 2014 GQ Back To Business Contest. Former Marine Nick Taranto racked up the most votes from Express fans and GQ readers, and his foodie start-up, Plated, will be getting the boost of a business development grant from Express.



Check out the video to learn how Back To Business has already given Nick’s company – and his personal style – a major bump.


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We can’t wait to see how Plated grows, but we’re going to miss having Nick as a model. With his brains, energy and easygoing, street-smart style, he’s the embodiment of the Express guy. We’ve put together a collection of the pieces worn by Nick to make looking good a little easier and give you more time to focus on developing your own great business ideas.


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Black Friday Shopping: Survival Guide

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SHOPPING DAY GIVEAWAYS
Be sure to follow us on Instagram @EXPRESSRUNWAY and check our feed throughout Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We’ll be giving away hundreds of prizes on the big days including iTunes and Starbucks gift cards.

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Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to get down to business. The business of Black Friday shopping, that is. We’ve devised a fail-proof survival guide that will have you saving money, maintaining your sanity and maybe even having a little fun while doing it. ;)


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PRACTICE THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Black Friday shopping is a lot more fun when you don’t have to do it alone. Requirements of a good shopping buddy? Willingness to wait in lines, upper body strength for carrying the loot and the ability to stalk down the last remaining sweater in your size.

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DRESS THE PART
Black Friday usually means a lot of walking, standing in line and crowded dressing rooms. Come prepared by wearing comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to get on and off. If you can manage, ditch the heavy overcoat — we find they just get in the way.

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NO SNOOZING
We know it’s tempting to hit that snooze button a time or two (or three or four), but this is not the day. A lot of the best deals of the day go to the first people there. Avoid facing a picked-over inventory and go early!


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HAVE A STRATEGY
Black Friday deals and steals are typically announced well ahead of the actual day. Use this to your advantage. Go into your day (or weekend) of shopping with specific items you’re looking to score. Set a budget for yourself before hitting the stores – you’ll be more likely to stay within or near it. Of course, always stay open to the occasional impulse buy.

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THINK OUTSIDE THE STORE
If waking up early and getting out there with the crowds isn’t your cup of tea, have no fear. You can find similar discounts and deals online. Shopping online also allows you to plan a little better — no navigating a crowded store in search of the jacket you’ve had your eye on. *Insider tip: Sign up for Express emails to get exclusive savings for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in your inbox.


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FIND INNER PEACE
OK, OK. We know this one is a little out there, but it’s easy to become stressed out in the hustle of Black Friday shopping. If you feel like you’re about to have a moment, try channeling your inner yogi — that’s right, find an empty dressing room and take some deep breaths, maybe even do some light stretching.


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HAVE FUN
Shopping any day, not just Black Friday, should be a fun experience — especially when you share it with friends and family. Don’t forget to pause from time to time…to #CelebrateYou and all the great loot you’re scoring.

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