Russell Davis, who achieved international fame as one of the experts on the popular show "Bar Rescue," has opened his own bar, Academia, in the Warehouse District. The bar pays homage to "the great creative thinking drinkers of our era," Davis says, with carefully crafted cocktails. But the scene is just as important, including lighting designed by the technical director of Cirque du Soleil and aromatics released into the air to help set the mood and stimulate your senses.

Go to mystatesman.com to learn more about Davis and the bar he calls "the university of drinking."