Going to see your favorite band can be a lot of fun. It's even better with a cocktail in your hand. Plenty of concert venues these days are mixing up tasty libations with menus as long as set lists. While the singers pour their hearts out, let the bartender pour you a drink. So sip on some booze, let loose and rock out. Because that guy with the killer dance moves in the corner certainly isn't sober.
Discover some of the best places in America for live music and craft cocktails.
This place is definitely keeping Austin weird. The Sahara Lounge is home to an extremely eclectic lineup, featuring everything from country and swing to Brazilian and African music. It also has a very interesting cocktail and infused drinks selection, serving a Bloody Devil (a Bloody Mary containing “Devil’s Piss” made of vodka infused with five different hot peppers) and a Sahara Slant (a ginger brew concoction containing Akpeteshie, made from rum infused with a variety of African herbs and spices, including cloves).
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Fiume is hard to find: no website; no phone number; no sign. But those in the know will tell you that it’s definitely worth checking out. Located above an Ethiopian restaurant called Abyssinia, this tiny University City spot houses live music several nights a week and has a Thursday night bluegrass band. The speakeasy serves several bourbon-based craft cocktails as well as variations on classics like a Paloma. Of course, you can always order a Philly “Citywide Special,” a PBR tallboy and a shot of Jim Beam.
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Here’s one for all of the headbangers. Saint Vitus, named after a famed doom metal band, is Brooklyn’s best place to catch a metal show. In addition to several beer and shot combos, the bar also serves a Manhattan, Old Fashioned and The Saint Vitus Cocktail (whisky, homemade honey simple, fresh squeezed lemon and Nero D'avola wine). This year, drone/doom metalers Pallbearer and post-metal band Year of No Light will perform to a dark room of fist-pumpers.
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Sit by a fire pit with a local craft beer before a show at this PDX spot. Doug Fir Lounge, which offers happy hour every day, also has an extensive cocktail menu, with music-themed offerings like the Phil Collins (Red Island Fingerling Lime Rum, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup and soda, served on the rocks) and the Eleanor Rigby (Clear Creek Apple Brandy, New Deal Ginger Liqueur, lemon, simple syrup and orange bitters, served up). In the coming months Doug Fir will host some of rock’s biggest names, including White Lung, Thee Oh Sees and Pissed Jeans.
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Harvelle’s is a small venue with a huge cocktail list. The blues and jazz club offers seven takes on a Martini, one for each of the deadly sins, as well as drinks named for blues legends like the Howlin’ Wolf–inspired Killing Floor (super premium tequila, fresh lime, sweet and sour, cranberry and a Grand Marnier float) and the Muddy Waters Mojo Workin’ (Bacardi Limon, fresh lime juice, sweet and sour, soda and a Chambord float).
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