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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:21 pm 
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Hey all - many of these bars are located close to FOM Fellows (Alabama, Indiana, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, New England, etc.).

If anyone has been or can go please report back to the group!!

https://www.mensjournal.com/food-drink/the-19-best-undiscovered-cocktail-bars-in-america/

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:47 pm 
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8. Brix & Rye - Greenport, New York
Walking through the former whaling village of Greenport, on the far end of Long Island, it wouldn’t be hard to miss Brix & Rye, located beneath the wildly popular 1943 Pizza Bar, in the basement of a colonial-style house. But downstairs, behind a narrow wooden bar, owner Evan Bucholz holds court, slinging booze-forward cocktails like the Backsliding Presbyterian (bourbon, Campari, lemon, and ginger) to both summer tourists and salty East Enders. When the bar gets crowded, sneak up to the parlor level for people-watching on Main Street and a game of shuffleboard.

PRO TIP: You can order a pie from upstairs (get the Clams Casino) to be delivered to the bar.


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It was originally positioned as a Speakeasy. I think they still don't have a sign on the door.
It's not a tiki bar at all, but they do have two Witcos on the wall and serve a proper mai tai.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:59 pm 
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19. LBM - Lakewood, Ohio
What happens when a bunch of bartenders who like camping and Norwegian death metal decide to open their own place? The world’s first Viking-themed cocktail bar, in the middle of the Cleveland suburbs. The partners, including bartender Eric Ho, loved good drinks but thought typical cocktail bars were too precious. “There’s no such thing as a pretentious Viking,” Ho says. The drinks are aggressively named (the Skull Crawler combines coconut, cold brew coffee, and banana-infused rum) and seasonal—the crew works closely with local farmers, and they change the list every few weeks.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:03 pm 
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OK, I'm intrigued.
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19. LBM - Lakewood, Ohio
What happens when a bunch of bartenders who like camping and Norwegian death metal decide to open their own place? The world’s first Viking-themed cocktail bar, in the middle of the Cleveland suburbs. The partners, including bartender Eric Ho, loved good drinks but thought typical cocktail bars were too precious. “There’s no such thing as a pretentious Viking,” Ho says. The drinks are aggressively named (the Skull Crawler combines coconut, cold brew coffee, and banana-infused rum) and seasonal—the crew works closely with local farmers, and they change the list every few weeks.

Dude - I thought I was going to find out that you own this joint.

Word on street it is the Porco guys, so it should be good.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:58 pm 
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11. 815 - Manchester, New Hampshire
In true speakeasy fashion, this dark Prohibition-themed bar requires a password for entry—just pick up the phone at the top of the stairs behind the glass doors at 815 Elm Street and give the magic word.

Will they turn you away should you forget it? “No,” says co-owner Ryan McCabe, “but it does add a little intrigue to the experience.” McCabe opened 815 with veteran bartender and tattoo model Sarah Maillet in 2015, and they’ve been cranking out cocktails like the No Chance for Snow—made with rum, pear juice, and coconut water—ever since.

OPEN SESAME: Follow the bar on social media to get the week’s password.


The owner also owns CodeX in Nashua, which is also a speakeasy and a short walk through gang territory from my house. But it's worth it. Queequegs have gone multiple times after meetings at my house.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:38 pm 
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wow...so far this list seems legit....which is great since there are so many lists of "great" bars that are complete crap.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:08 pm 
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We stopped in here when passing through Birmingham at the end of last year/start of this year. It’s very MCM meets hipster meets weird art kid. The cocktails were solid.

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4. The Atomic Bar & Lounge - Birmingham, Alabama

Whatever pretension that’s left in the cocktail world gets blown to smithereens at the Atomic, a downtown bar that feels like walking into a 1950s house party thrown by your weirdest friend. For example, the bar has its own “costume menu,” a list of full-body costumes that guests can wear while they drink, and each cocktail on the menu is named after one of the joint’s regulars, like the James Sears—a rye drink described as “aggressive, dark, and rich.”
GET INKED: Atomic’s signature drink is the Sex Panther, a bourbon and rum cocktail that comes with a temporary panther tattoo for you to sport throughout the night.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:31 pm 
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The owner also owns CodeX in Nashua, which is also a speakeasy and a short walk through gang territory from my house. But it's worth it. Queequegs have gone multiple times after meetings at my house.


CodeX is so, so much better than 815. Surprised they are related. 815 is okay, but every time I’ve done CodeX it’s been awesome.

Wallingford Dram is quite good as well (and their sister restaurant Anju is a great noodle bar).


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 6:39 am 
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Great list.

Thanks, for posting.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:33 am 
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Cure in Rochester, NY is equally as good as any world class bar. Plus, while you're in town, stop in at Fee Brothers and pick up some of their bitters!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:12 pm 
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leisure master wrote:
CowtownKahuna wrote:
OK, I'm intrigued.
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19. LBM - Lakewood, Ohio
What happens when a bunch of bartenders who like camping and Norwegian death metal decide to open their own place? The world’s first Viking-themed cocktail bar, in the middle of the Cleveland suburbs. The partners, including bartender Eric Ho, loved good drinks but thought typical cocktail bars were too precious. “There’s no such thing as a pretentious Viking,” Ho says. The drinks are aggressively named (the Skull Crawler combines coconut, cold brew coffee, and banana-infused rum) and seasonal—the crew works closely with local farmers, and they change the list every few weeks.

Dude - I thought I was going to find out that you own this joint.

Word on street it is the Porco guys, so it should be good.


I may have to try and work that into the rotation on my Cleveland trip in two weeks.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:47 pm 
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I can verify LBM was started by former Porco folks .... and they spent a year building an awesome bar.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:08 am 
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13. Cure - Rochester, New York
There’s more to Java’s, the little coffee shop and bakery in the Rochester Public Market, than meets the eye. “It’s like a Transformer,” says general manager Donny Clutterbuck. “At night, it changes into a French restaurant that takes risks.” That’s Cure, a pet project of local restaurateurs, where country pâtés and rilletts are paired with Clutterbuck’s ambitious cocktail list. Previously Clutterbuck worked with Dave Arnold, the godfather of “molecular mixology,” and, in Arnold’s tradition, he uses a Spinzall—a culinary centrifuge that clarifies fruit juices—to make the Boom Vang, which is something like a strawberry margarita but a rich, intense, out-of-this-world-good strawberry margarita.

ORDER: The Velvet Collar, Clutterbuck’s take on the tiki classic Jungle Bird.


I have not yet made it to Cure, but I do need to make a Rochester trip to fix that. Donny is great and has worked at many of my favorite bars in Buffalo and Rochester. He blends enthusiasm, skill, showmanship and service together in a way that is remarkable.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:13 pm 
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These places sound awesome. Unfortunately, the closest one is 165 miles away!!! :cry: This is why Vermont tiki fans have to have our own home tiki bars...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:49 pm 
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The one in Traveler's Rest, SC is not far from where my parents live. I'm going to have to try and go there and report back.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:48 pm 
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Hahana Heather formerly known as tastefullyheather wrote:
These places sound awesome. Unfortunately, the closest one is 165 miles away!!! :cry: This is why Vermont tiki fans have to have our own home tiki bars...
You have some awesome ski lodge bars in Vermont. You have to squint a little to see them as they might have been mid century. The original underpinnings are still in most of them. Just ignore the over hopped craft beers and Jeagger freezers.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:46 pm 
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Ok, this needs to be a FOM Tiki Tour this fall. 19 stops. Not sure how we'd get a bus to the Virgin Islands, but whatever...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:13 pm 
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Spectacular drinks at the Bread Bar

18. Bread Bar - Silver Plume, Colorado
“Silver Plume is only 45 minutes outside Denver, but it feels like it’s 100 years away,” says Bread Bar co-owner Sam Alviani. She bought the building on Main Street two years ago with three others, all of whom now take turns behind the bar. Their house cocktails are inspired by famous locals, like the rye-heavy Clifford Griffin, named after a lovesick miner who played his violin above town. In summer, hikers, bikers, and tourists congregate on the back deck for live music. In winter, it’s like hanging out “in a Wild West snow globe,” says Alviani.

PRO TIP: Had one too many? Grab a bed at the four-room Windsor Hotel, built in 1884.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:30 am 
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I added them to the map if anyone wants to start the pub crawl

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lcLCDWzI_sTnLclZNz0J_dutOH_d9rZY&usp=sharing

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:55 am 
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Well, the article seems to be broken at the moment, but from the map, I noticed the Ice Plant in St. Augustine is on the list and I can vouch that it is magnificent. It's part of the St. Augustine Distillery which makes a fine vodka, gin, rum, and bourbon. It's well worth the visit, particularly if you are driving down the coast on your way to the Mai Kai. The Gumbo Limbos went up there for a tour a couple of years ago. It was one of my all-time favorite distillery tours (I've lost count of how many I've been on). What sets it apart is the building's history as an ice plant which was also a power plant because it took so much power to make ice that the two were generally together at that time throughout Florida. You could mill about in a room with exhibits about the history, then a guided tour which included history and distillery stuff, that ended in a tasting room with good samples and then into the gift shop of course. The bar/restaurant is in the back and both the cocktails and the food were wonderful. We made a point of staying in St. Augustine so we could go there again, on our way home from our evacucation trip to Atlanta last September courtesy of hurricane Irma.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:05 am 
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The Atomic Bar & Lounge - Birmingham, Alabama sounds fun. Guests can pick out different costumes from a menu to wear while drinking. Not too far from Atlanta so may make that road trip.


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