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The 27 Hottest Cocktail Destinations Across the Country, Fall 2014

Where to drink cocktails, right now.

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It's Cocktail Week, everyone, so here now are the 27 hottest places to get cocktails in America right now. From a dark New York City stunner (The NoMad Bar) to a sun-soaked rooftop in San Diego (Fairweather), the bars and restaurants on this list share a commitment to excellence in the field of mixed drinks. As always, the bars and restaurants listed below opened within the past year and are presented in alphabetical order. Here now, the Eater Heatmap to the United States' newest cocktail destinations.

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Abe Fisher

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The Jewish deli theme of chef Mike Solomonov's new restaurant Abe Fisher carries through to its cocktail program, reports Eater Philly. Think ingredients like barrel-aged Manischewitz and dill pickle juice.[Photo: Eater Philly]

A group of industry vets are behind this Mission hotspot. The lengthy beverage menu is organized by spirit, and cocktail recipes are "rooted in San Francisco and its history" writes Eater SF.[Photo: Patricia Chang]

Alden & Harlow

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Eater Boston describes this restaurant as "hugely popular" with "a thriving bar scene." Not only is there an ever-chaning menu of cocktails, including one on draft, there's also an obsession-worthy burger.[Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box

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This Kickstarter-funded bar is heating up the Portland cocktail scene with its house-made bitters and inspired drinks. The vibe here is " a cross between a hippie love fest and an exclusive speakeasy," reports Eater Maine, making it "unlike anything else in town."[Photo: Corey Templeton]

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

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The co-founder of Arizona Cocktail Week opened this stylish drinking destination in downtown Phoenix. The menu spans an impressive 25 pages, and the location is fittingly in a historic building that once housed the Prohibition Department.[Photo: Facebook]

London's star bartender Salvatore Calabrese is a natural fit for Vegas, where he is behind this stunning cocktail lounge. The menu includes classics, espresso cocktails, and champagne cocktails. [Photo: Eater Vegas]

BrilliantShine

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This restaurant serves Peruvian-inspired food but according to Eater LA, you want to come here for the drinks. The menu leans towards craft whiskey cocktails, but there's libations of every stripe and a bartender's choice too.[Photo: Official Site]

CellarDoor

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Housed in a former brothel, this restaurant proclaims on its website: "We serve craft cocktails and aren't pretentious about it." The cocktail menu boasts classic and original creations, plus at brunch the Mimosas, Bloodys, Screwdrivers, and Greyhounds are bottomless.[Photo: Eater NOLA]

Damn the Weather

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This Pioneer Square bar has been making a name for itself in the Seattle cocktail scene since opening its doors this summer. Reasonably priced house cocktails share menu space with a quirky menu of bar snacks like the "FG & J" with foie gras, passionfruit jelly, and luxardo. [Photo: S. Pratt]

Detroit City Distillery

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This is the second distillery to open in Detroit since Prohibition, reports Eater Detroit. Detroit City Distillery is making their own gins, whiskeys, and vodkas and serving them in a menu of classic and original cocktails. [Photo: Eater Detroit]

Dram and Grain

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This is the reservation-only cocktail bar located under Eater DC 38 member Jack Rose. The somewhat experimental cocktail list at this exclusive haunt recently expanded, so keep an eye out for new offerings.[Photo: Dram & Grain]

Drawing Room Bar & Lounge

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Showman/bartender Albert Trummer has landed in Miami with the Drawing Room at the Shelbourne resort. This is an "apothecary" where "drinks are created with a special assortment of house-made elixirs and bitters" reports Eater Miami.[Photo: Official Site]

Edmund's Oast

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At the restaurant/pub Edmund's Oast, 2013 Eater Young Gun and head bartender Jayce McConnell is serving a playful menu of cocktails like the popular Red Wedding: Elijah Craig 12 Year, Amaro Averna, orange peel, and hibiscus/thyme sweet tea ice cubes.[Photo: Rebecca Gallagher]

Fairweather

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This breezy and beautiful rooftop bar above the restaurant Rare Form is a "hidden gem bar-within-a-bar" writes Eater San Diego. Aside from the gorgeous setting, drinkers can expect to find an extensive cocktail list with a focus on mezcal, tequila, and rum.

Grandpa Johnson's

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Eater LA describes the cocktail menu at this small bar as "tight and well-curated." Located in Hollywood's Cahuenga corridor, the interiors here are a classy take on Art Deco style.[Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

Half Step

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This is the cocktail bar from Chris Bostick, known for his work at The Varnish in Los Angeles. Eater Austin says Half Step has "friendly service and [an] intimate setting" and an ice program that "demonstrates a serious commitment to quality."[Photo: Shannon Kintner/EATX]

This restaurant is divided into a dining room and a bar. Over on the drinking side of things, Eater Minneapolis writes the "drinks are both forward thinking and familiar at once" in a setting that's "fast become ground zero quintessential Minneapolis drinking."[Photo: Katie Cannon]

The Luminary

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At chef Eli Kirshtein's The Luminary there are top-notch cocktails from a bartender with serious bona fides: Ian Cox, formerly of Wrecking Bar and frequent in the bartending competition circuit.[Photo: The Luminary]

Moving Sidewalk

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At Moving Sidewalk, cocktail guru Alex Gregg is designing clever and sophisticated cocktails. Take, for example, the White Lady → Corpse Reviver 2, which Eater Houston describes as "a magic trick of mixology that starts out as a the first drink before fading into the second."[Photo: Facebook]

Nitecap

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This Lower East Side cocktail den has some serious fire power behind it: David Kaplan and Alex Day are both of Death & Co., and Natasha David is formerly of Maison Premiere. Per Eater Ny, the extensive menu is "organized by how far along you are in the evening: aperitifs to get you started, drinks to keep you going, and, obviously, a few night caps."[Photo: Daniel Krieger]

The NoMad Bar

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New York City's biggest bar opening of the year is a stunner. Eater critic Ryan Sutton was impressed with the classy cocktail from the EMP team, writing: "Take a seat at the bar and ask for something with Islay Scotch, as few other bartenders make such compelling creations with the peaty potable."[Photo: Nick Solares]

Paper Plane

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Paper Plane is the cocktail bar that neighbors sister project/brat and beer destinaiton Orignal Gravity. Eater contributor Jeffrey Cianci writes that "a large list of old school and experimental cocktails can be found here as well as barrel-aged cocktails and house punch creations."[Photo: Facebook]

Parliament

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This cocktail bar is "dimly lit and sexy with a friendly, welcoming vibe" reports Eater Dallas. The binder's worth of cocktails on offer range from the classic to the creative, like a whiskey cocktail made with deer antler extract. [Photo: K. Davidson]

Pépé le Moko

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Eater PDX calls this smash hit bar from the Clyde Common team a "not-so-secret speakeasy." The menu takes head on the drinks that bartenders often avoid, like the Long Island Iced Tea and flavored martinis.[Photo: Facebook]

Pinewood Social

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Two words: Cocktails and outdoor pools. That's what's happening at this restaurant and gathering space, where the bar program is headed by Rolf & Daughters alum Matt Tocco and drinkers can also try their hand at karaoke or bowling.[Photo: Eater Nashville]

Sportsman's Club

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This bar combines "elements of a cocktail lounge, classic Chicago dive, French hunting club and retail store" writes Eater Chicago. Keep an eye out for cocktails that utilize the bar's amaro machine.[Photo: Marc Much]

Trou Normand

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This spinoff of essential cocktail destination Bar Agricole delivers when it comes to Armagnac, Cognac, and Calvados. Bonus: the charcuterie at this bar and restaurant is also on point.[Photo: Patricia Chang]

Abe Fisher

The Jewish deli theme of chef Mike Solomonov's new restaurant Abe Fisher carries through to its cocktail program, reports Eater Philly. Think ingredients like barrel-aged Manischewitz and dill pickle juice.[Photo: Eater Philly]

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A group of industry vets are behind this Mission hotspot. The lengthy beverage menu is organized by spirit, and cocktail recipes are "rooted in San Francisco and its history" writes Eater SF.[Photo: Patricia Chang]

Alden & Harlow

Eater Boston describes this restaurant as "hugely popular" with "a thriving bar scene." Not only is there an ever-chaning menu of cocktails, including one on draft, there's also an obsession-worthy burger.[Photo: Meg Jones Wall]

The Bearded Lady's Jewel Box

This Kickstarter-funded bar is heating up the Portland cocktail scene with its house-made bitters and inspired drinks. The vibe here is " a cross between a hippie love fest and an exclusive speakeasy," reports Eater Maine, making it "unlike anything else in town."[Photo: Corey Templeton]

Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

The co-founder of Arizona Cocktail Week opened this stylish drinking destination in downtown Phoenix. The menu spans an impressive 25 pages, and the location is fittingly in a historic building that once housed the Prohibition Department.[Photo: Facebook]

Bound

London's star bartender Salvatore Calabrese is a natural fit for Vegas, where he is behind this stunning cocktail lounge. The menu includes classics, espresso cocktails, and champagne cocktails. [Photo: Eater Vegas]

BrilliantShine

This restaurant serves Peruvian-inspired food but according to Eater LA, you want to come here for the drinks. The menu leans towards craft whiskey cocktails, but there's libations of every stripe and a bartender's choice too.[Photo: Official Site]

CellarDoor

Housed in a former brothel, this restaurant proclaims on its website: "We serve craft cocktails and aren't pretentious about it." The cocktail menu boasts classic and original creations, plus at brunch the Mimosas, Bloodys, Screwdrivers, and Greyhounds are bottomless.[Photo: Eater NOLA]

Damn the Weather

This Pioneer Square bar has been making a name for itself in the Seattle cocktail scene since opening its doors this summer. Reasonably priced house cocktails share menu space with a quirky menu of bar snacks like the "FG & J" with foie gras, passionfruit jelly, and luxardo. [Photo: S. Pratt]

Detroit City Distillery

This is the second distillery to open in Detroit since Prohibition, reports Eater Detroit. Detroit City Distillery is making their own gins, whiskeys, and vodkas and serving them in a menu of classic and original cocktails. [Photo: Eater Detroit]