WHY HERE: It’s not just the drinks that have class. At this bar in Nashville, the décor brings to mind an old library mixed with a smoking den one might discover at an honorable men’s club. Rules such as “no name dropping,” “no fighting” and “leave with the person you came with” remain old-school. Keep in mind there’s also a no cell phone policy, so even if you want to snap a picture of that sexy cocktail, hold off until the next bar.
WHY NOW: Brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg opened this swanky spot in 2009, and the menu remains concise while also being interesting. Drinks include winners such as the Firm and Honest (Prairie vodka, Terra Firma vodka, grapefruit, vanilla and egg white) an the Kanga Revered (Beefeater gin, Cynar 70, Campari and passion fruit). Use these creations to wash down a wedge of fried brie with bacon jam or a pile of freshly made doughnuts.
Photo credit by Ashley Hylbert