Cocktail/bar supplies in Minneapolis?
My husband's birthday is coming up and he wants some bar supplies. He's looking for a hawthorne strainer, the stir stick (not the technical name, but it's a long silver stick to stir drinks with), a muddler, and some pour spouts.
Does anyone know of a store in Minneapolis that sells good (as in substantial and long-lasting) bar supplies? I ask because I bought him some pour spouts from Crate & Barrel last year and they were AWFUL, but the ones my husband has his eye on right now are $200 a set at some fancy bar tool website!
Should I go to a kitchen supply store? (Never been to one!) Or would I be better off at a place like Sur La Table? Or maybe France 44?
Also does anyone know where I can get Bittercube bitters in town? And has anyone tried them?
You can get most of what you want on Amazon for very reasonable prices. I'd recommend starting with cheap-ish stuff and then upgrading when you realize what you have is no longer cutting it. When you buy a muddler, either get an unvarnished wooden one or a metal one with a rubberized bottom. Plastic is weak (and who needs more plastic in their food?) and varnish will eventually flake off.
You also can get almost everything you're looking for at a well-stocked liquor store, or even just Target (in kitchen supplies section, where I got most of my stuff originally)
I do have some Bittercube bitters and they're pretty good. I'm not really sure how to compare them - they're different. I'm not sure I like the orange bitters, they use dried corriander in it and I find it a little odd. My friend gave them to me as a gift so I'm not sure where he got them, but I think it was in town so I'd try the bigger liquor stores like Surdyks and France 44.
Surdyks does carry a whole bunch of Fee Bros bitters so if you can't find Bittercube you can at least get something other than Angostura there.
The only restaurant supply store I've been to (Hockenberg's) doesn't have anything upscale; I've never seen much cocktail-related stuff except basic glasses, plastic beer mugs, and the like.
Have you tried Williams-Sonoma? They have a long-stick stirrer for $12, and might have a few other things that he would like. You can scope them out online, then head to a mall for your purchases.