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Best Cocktails

Ticonderoga Cocktail
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2018 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best Cocktails BOA Award Winner

2018 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick

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2017 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2016 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
When the nation’s bartenders converge on Atlanta, as they did for this year’s Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, the first destination for drinks and merriment is TICONDEROGA CLUB, tucked into the dark back corner of Krog Street Market. Luckily for us non-bartenders, the club takes all comers. Gregmore...
When the nation’s bartenders converge on Atlanta, as they did for this year’s Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, the first destination for drinks and merriment is TICONDEROGA CLUB, tucked into the dark back corner of Krog Street Market. Luckily for us non-bartenders, the club takes all comers. Greg Best, Paul Calvert, and crew keep the cocktail menu concise, but every single drink is like a mini-masterpiece. The Long Bottom Stretch, for example, just may be the ultimate spin on a gin and tonic, incredibly smooth and complex with the clever addition of a splash of Benedictine. The eponymous Ticonderoga Cup, on the menu since day one, rewards intrepid drinkers by being boozy, fruity, and herbaceous, but never too much. And that’s how we feel about drinking at Ticonderoga Club — it’s never too much. less...

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2016 » Oral Pleasures » Reader's Pick

Best cocktail BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best cocktail BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2015 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2014 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2013 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2013 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

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2012 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

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2011 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

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2010 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Runner-up: Holeman and Finch Public House


2277 Peachtree Road, 404-948-1175, www.holeman-finch.com

Best Cocktails BOA Award Winner

2009 » Oral Pleasures » Readers Pick

Runner-up
Leon's Full Service
131 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-687-0500, www.leonsfullservice.com

Best cocktails BOA Award Winner

2009 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Sasha Petraske's local location of his famous New York bar, DRINKSHOP, was not immediately embraced by Atlantans; it was dismissed by some as just another hotel bar with high prices. But few of those cynics noted that Eric Simpkins — an extraordinary local talent formerly mixing at Trois —more...
Sasha Petraske's local location of his famous New York bar, DRINKSHOP, was not immediately embraced by Atlantans; it was dismissed by some as just another hotel bar with high prices. But few of those cynics noted that Eric Simpkins — an extraordinary local talent formerly mixing at Trois — is tending bar at the NYC import. Simpkins may be soft-spoken, but he's a master at manipulating boutique liquors into artful cocktails that explode on the palate. While the menu is carefully crafted, your best bet is to place yourself in Simpkins' capable hands. He finds out what you're in the mood for, and then creates a progressive experience where each cocktail builds upon the last. The arm garters, ice cubes designed for certain drinks and old-fashioned stemware only make the bar a more unique destination for cocktail enthusiasts craving a little something different. 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. (inside the W Atlanta downtown). 404-582-5800. www.whotels.com/Atlanta. less...

Best Cocktails BOA Award Winner

2008 » Oral Pleasures » Critics Pick
Beleza
The art of mixing cocktails has made a quantum leap in Atlanta over the past year, with mixologists presenting us with ever-yummier ways to get our drink on. But the fresh fruit concoctions available at BELEZA make us swoon and drool simultaneously (not pretty, but still high praise). House-made infusionsmore...
The art of mixing cocktails has made a quantum leap in Atlanta over the past year, with mixologists presenting us with ever-yummier ways to get our drink on. But the fresh fruit concoctions available at BELEZA make us swoon and drool simultaneously (not pretty, but still high praise). House-made infusions and an emphasis on tropical and often organic fruits take us way beyond the basics. Last season’s watermelon pisco punch was pure summer in a glass, and the grapefruit, gin and tupelo honey martini is the most refreshing buzz around. less...

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