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Go Inside a Glass-Blowing Studio to See How Bull In China Makes Barware

The local company's first retail store and test lab is now open

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Bull In China's first retail store and test lab opened March 30, and the photos above show its flagship mixing glass being made start to finish—obviously ending with a delicious cocktail. Many local bartenders, such as those at The Green Room (pictured above), swear by the durability of Bull In China products, and the mixing glass is handmade using one piece of seamless glass. Scroll through the photos above to see the handiwork of glass blower Aaron Frankel, owner of Elements Glass Art Gallery and Studio.

Bull In China's new subterranean workshop and retailer is located at 2109 NW Irving, with the entrance on NW 21st Avenue. Inside, you'll find its full line of products, from signature ice mallets and bar knives, to tumblers and stirrers. There's also a large selection of vintage glassware and products by friends of Bull In China, like handmade cocktail picks by Portland-based jewelry designer Seaworthy; cocktail spoons by the San Diego duo behind Standard Spoon; and bitters for home-bar use by The Meadow.

On Fridays between 4 and 6 p.m., you'll find complimentary cocktail tastings, too. "We're working with a variety of the tastemakers in the beverage community who make this city (and our jobs!) so exciting," co-owner Katie Burnett tells Eater. "Whether it be a soda, juice, tea, liquor, hot sauce (a great cocktail ingredient!), or beer, the common thread will always be how it relates to the cocktail."

So dust up on your cocktail skills while getting buzzed on artisan concoctions this Friday. Bull In China was founded and co-owned Lucas Plant (Common Law) and Daniel Osborne (Teardrop Lounge). The new shop is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m.

Bull in China

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