Anyone can make a Jello Shot, but it takes a lot of trial and error to craft one that is boozy, beautiful and actually holds its shape. While we’ve experimented with everything from classic cocktail variations to Bloody Mary jello served in celery sticks, we’re always looking to the pros for more wiggly, jiggly inspiration. These five bars are serving some of the best Jello Shots in the country, whether they’re presented with a tongue-in-cheek TV dinner or in a fancy goblet with fresh berries.
Not only can you indulge in Crackerjacks’s dreamy Jello Shot flavors like Key Lime Pie and Orange Creamsicle, you can sample a flight of three for only $7. Opt for one of their standby signature flavors or try one of the rotating weekly creations. Each one is finished with Instagram-friendly toppings like sprinkles, whipped cream and cookie crumbs.
This “five-star dive bar” has a laid-back, irreverent vibe that will have you marveling at the owners' attention to detail. Think camping trailers, leg lamps, plastic-covered floral furniture and bar stools made from repurposed shopping carts. But the most genius offering from Trailer Park After Dark is their Nightly TV Dinner Special, a nostalgic meal that comes complete with meatloaf and gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn, dessert and a Jello Shot for $14.
Our favorite spot for dessert-tails has a long list of delicious drinks, and Jello Shot lovers will be happy to know that their favorite boozy treat is always on the menu. They have a daily rotating flavor that ranges from classic cocktails like Blood and Sand to Instagram-worthy rainbow rum punch. Cop their cookbook and learn to make their greatest hits at home.
Henrietta Red is one of the best restaurants in Nashville right now, and the delectable food is highlighted by bar manager Patrick Halloran’s expertly crafted cocktail program. His menu covers signature drinks, classic libations and the most beautiful Jello Shots you’ve ever seen, served on fancy plates or in stemware to highlight their beauty. Think classic cocktail iterations like the 20th Century and Sherry Cobbler, topped with seasonal berries.
This Austin cocktail bar plays with molecular gastronomy to craft their “edible cocktails.” They have an array of Jello-y flavors to try—from a mix of bubbly and strawberries to decadent dessert-like bites—that are lined up in a deli case so you can feast your eyes on the spread before deciding on a flavor. Spring for a flight to sample all of Somersault’s finest creations.