Seventeen years after the B-Side Lounge birthed the local craft cocktail revival, Boston is blessed with scores of skilled, scholarly, engaging bartenders making serious drinks. How remarkable then that our most blazing talent is self-taught and works out of his family’s excellent Sichuan restaurant in, ahem, Woburn. With a self-effacing mien that never hints at his armful of international accolades, Duan embodies nonpareil originality. Get a designated driver, head to the Baldwin and start by tasting his fascinating updates on classic Tiki drinks. Ran’s a winner.
The Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden II
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