Going out for drinks doesn’t mean finding the best happy hour money can buy anymore. The uptick of studied bartenders, small-batch spirit makers, and Instagram-worthy locales stretch from coast-to-coast, practically guaranteeing you can find a proper drink wherever you go. Here's our take on 5 U.S. cities for the best cocktails.
On Missouri's western edge, Kansas City(sometimes making you wonder which state you're in) includes over 17 distinct neighborhoods, such as Country Club Plaza—widely known as the “Rodeo Drive of the Midwest.” The amazing thing about Kansas City is that it’s quite trendy and industrial, but if you need to take a breather from city life, rolling hills are just a short drive away.
Once you've throughly shopped 'til you dropped, get refreshed with "The Raven" cocktail at The Monarch Bar. Based off Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, it's concocted with Four Square (the world’s best) Criterion rum, roasted pineapple Campari, freshly squeezed lime-tangerine juice and barrel-aged Demerara Gomme. This $32 cocktail is available exclusively via reservation at The Monarch Bar’s intimate Parlour Room.
Nestled in scenic Rogue Valley—Ashland, Oregon is a place of unique beauty surrounded by hills of green within the picturesque Siskiyou Mountains. In addition to its natural beauty, Ashland offers an exhilarating mix of culture and cuisine from wineries and farmer’s markets to hiking and skiing. You’ll find something to pique your interest whether you’re adventuring for a week or just an afternoon
Tucked away in the historic Ashland Springs Hotel—Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine is an ideal spot for an afternoon or evening pick me up. Specializing in herb-infused cocktails, we can't help but to recommend the Oregon Mule— concocted with Wild Roots pear vodka, Cock'n Bull ginger beer and fresh lime juice
Situated along the Ohio River—Louisville, Kentucky is a historic and integral part of American culture as we know today. As the largest producer of thoroughbreds and bourbon, Louisville is a mecca for racing enthusiasts and bourbon connoisseurs alike. Plus, it’s the birthplace of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and the Kentucky Derby—both pieces of history you can experience first hand for yourself.
A day or evening spent in Louisville is simply not complete without stopping by the Lobby Bar at The Brown Hotel. Enjoy their take on the classic libation, an Old Fashioned, and a stellar one we might add. “A Louisville landmark since 1923, The Brown Hotel is like a fine Kentucky Bourbon that never overwhelms you with its history, but instead entertains you with a lifetime of stories.” See you there?
Charlotte, North Carolina thrives on community. Each neighborhood is home to local business owners, entrepreneurs, families and students who shape its identity. Around every corner, you’ll find breweries and high-end boutiques, art galleries and food trucks, all working together to create a vibe that’s uniquely Charlotte.
Uptown?Head straight to Angeline’s at the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel to satisfy your quench with a Cold Storage (concocted with Dubbonet blanc apertif) cocktail.The Italian-influenced restaurant, led by executive chef Robert Hoffman, offers seasonally driven cuisine using organic and sustainable ingredients—while the bar program, led by Henry Schmulling, takes its inspiration from Italy with a curated beverage list featuring grappa, Italian craft beers and amaros, along with an inventive craft cocktail list.
From energetic bar districts to cozy tree-lined streets dotted with restaurants and cafes, St. Louis neighborhoods are the heart and soul of the community. From world-class cultural institutions and serene landscapes to venues across the city offering St. Louis' traditional Blues, as well as non-stop sporting action, there's something for everyone in St. Louis, Missouri.
Located atop the 26th floor of the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, Three Sixty offers sweeping views in all directions—including a birds’ eye view into Busch Stadium, the iconic St. Louis Arch and the mighty Mississippi. Voted "Top 10 Rooftop Bars in the World," enjoy a cocktail fireside (we recommend the Four Leaf Clover concocted with Urban Chestnut's Bushelhead Cider).