If you choose the right bar, going out for cocktails can be a cultural
experience, literally offering a chance to drink in history. "Every
drink has a context. When you mix that drink and you sip it, you're
stepping into a moment in time," says Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, co-author with David Solmonson of 12 Bottle Bar (Workman, $14.95), inspired by their popular blog 12bottlebar.com. They share some favorite historic watering holes with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. Go there...