Minnesota: Oliveto at Marvel Bar
If the directions to Marvel Bar lead you to a strange door in a boiler room, you’re going the right way. The bar is a sleek, modern speakeasy with an awesome courtyard, a rainbow of brightly colored furnishings, and a workbench-looking bar where bar spoons and shakers hang like your dad’s power tools. The menu features a variety of avant-garde cocktails, the standout being the Oliveto, made with olive oil, egg whites, lemon, Licor 43, and Gordon’s gin.
Located in downtown Jackson, Underground 119 hosts some of Mississippi’s best live blues performances. And there’s no better way to listen to the music that defines Mississippi than with a Fleur de Lis, mixed with heady yet subtle elderflower liqueur, gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and ginger ale. The perfect harmony of ingredients will cure any case of the blues.
Watch the Kansas City Royal’s Game and live your most American life with a Bomb Pop Martini at Harry’s Country Club. The visual marvel of Bacardi Razz, Dekuyper Island Blue Pucker, grenadine and Sprite joins any red, white and blue cocktail as being good for at least 100 likes on the Gram.
You’ve heard of green beer flooding Irish pubs on St. Patrick’s Day; now try Red Beer. A sort of hybrid between a Michelada and a Bloody Mary, Red Beer at this Montana establishment means a simple-yet-savory combo of Kokanee beer topped with tomato juice. It’s as fancy a drink as a Montana dive will allow you to order.
About as true a speakeasy as one could find in the post-Prohibition era, The Other Room not only prohibits phone usage, they also heavily discourage any conversation above a whisper. Some might think the quiet energy of the bar would be awkward, but regulars insist it adds to the atmosphere. So order your 6-Cylinder, a full-throttle, equal-parts cocktail comprised of gin, cherry brandy, Campari, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth and Dubonnet, and please keep it down.
Planning your next trip to Vegas? Frankie’s Tiki Room is a must. Frankie’s boasts a cocktail menu full of dangerously boozy rum cocktails, each more delicious and visually stunning than the last. Order a Bearded Clam—a Mojito variation that swaps the lime with passion fruit juice—and stay as long as you want. No really, the bar is open 24 hours a day. Gotta love Vegas.