There’s a place for fine wine and on hot summer days there’s nothing like a cool beer. But before dinner or after the theatre, there’s nothing that’ll hit the spot like a cocktail. Whether you’re getting ready for a night out or just getting a nightcap, heading to any of these picks will get you something you won’t find anywhere else. The top 5 cocktail menus aren’t places to get the tried-and-true, though they’re near perfect at each pick — when you head to these spots you need to order up a signature mix. Trust us and get those bottoms up.
1 Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's
2 Tommy Bahama
For a trip to the tropics, there's no better way to go than an island-inspired drink from Tommy Bahama. Whether you want something effervescent, something sweet or subtle, the combinations offered at this Laguna hotspot aren't what you'll find at bars anywhere else.
3 Andrei's Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails
A restaurant that boasts conscious right in the name is sure to put some thought into their cocktails, right? Good thing Andrei's gets everything right. Though they're not pushing for innovation, the drink they have on offer aren't your run-of-the-mill bar droughts. Expect great spins on classics, like Chilean-spiced vodka or a basil-cucumber gimlet.
4 The Cellar
At a restaurant that boasts farmer's market-fresh ingredients and farm-to-table feasts, you can bet that their cocktail list reflects that, too. With mixers that include heirloom tomato and kumquat (they change all the time, naturally) you can bet that you'll be getting a fresh take on some old school ideas at the Cellar.
5 Sorrento Grille
Electrolyte enhanced vodka? Oxley Gin and organic cucumber vodka? Sorrento Grill is upping the ante when it comes to creative cocktails. Settle in at this beachside retreat and you'll be presented with cocktails that your daddy definitely won't recognize. They're not just for creative types though, trust us, one sip of these niche drinks and you'll be back for more.