Beer and bar food are two peas in a delicious, greasy pod. But if you’re a cocktail enthusiast like us, you’re not always reaching for a brew with your loaded nachos. Luckily, liquor pairs well with even the cheesiest, crunchiest, most ketchup-drenched snacks—as long as you order right.
So we got in touch with our friends at Sweetwater Social, a subterranean cocktail lounge that also happens to be a killer sports bar with seriously delicious snackage. Here, GM Matt Friedlander discusses four bar food staples and the drinks that complement them best.
Chicken Wings + Paloma
Whether you like them spicy or mild, one thing’s for certain: crispy, juicy wings demand a refreshing beverage to cool your palate and slice through all the delicious fattiness. “As the Margarita's more sophisticated and quieter sibling, the grapefruit-and-tequila-based Paloma lends the perfect acidity and bite to cut through the spice and unctuous texture of the wings,” Friedlander says. If you’re making it at home, try a Salted Rosemary Paloma for an herb-infused sipper to complement every spicy nibble.