Sourcing High-End Booze For a Living Is Less Fun than it Sounds

"I could be in a vineyard with a small cognac maker, and if I asked the guy what the weather was, he wouldn’t answer.”


How We Came to Live in an Era of Very Strange Booze Flavors

Tabasco-aged whiskey. Mushroom-blueberry cordial. Chai-spiked amaro. But why?


We Looked Into Whether Cheap Alcohol Gives You a Worse Hangover

There have been surprisingly few studies on the ingredients and production methods that define different brands of alcohol.


We Talked to the Hermits of Indonesia's Haunted Forest

According to locals, the forests of Alas Purwo are visited by the spirits of Indonesia's founding fathers.


The Venezuelan Ceremony Where Spirits Take Over the Living

VICE trekked to Venezuela for Baile en Candela, a yearly spiritual ceremony where people use blood, fire, and age-old rituals to channel the spirits of the dead.


Learning About Indonesian Ghost Culture After My Aunt's Death

After my aunt Gita died, her spirit came to watch over my family. I learned how ghosts can help comfort the grieving.


What It’s Like to Work at the Most Haunted Bar in America

Working for 13 years at Memphis bar Earnestine & Hazel's, Karen Brownlee has seen it all—from poltergeist jukeboxes to floating orbs to voices from the walls that know her by name.


These Japanese Bars Infuse Their Booze with Snakes, Mushrooms, and Bugs

Japanese mixologists are reviving the ancient art of house-made spirits and infusions, some of which claim to help you look hotter, sleep better, or party without fear of a hangover.


This Hawaiian Distillery Wants to Save the Islands' Sugarcane

KōHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum relies on heirloom cane that's on the brink of extinction.


Why Bartenders Secretly Love Costco Booze

"You can shower yourself in vodka for $20."


Norway Is Ultra-Restrictive on Buying Booze, and People Like It

The country is home to some of the happiest people in the world, so clearly it's doing something right.