Here in the South, we’ve been known to make a great cocktail. From the Sazerac to the Mint Julep, some of the nation’s favorite drinks were born right here. Our editors are always “researching” the latest and greatest spots to grab a libation, but we also have our old favorites. Whether you’re looking for the best bars in Atlanta (especially Johnny’s Hideaway) or the best bars in New Orleans, maybe even the best bars in Nashville too, we’ve found a variety of Southern taverns, taprooms, cantinas, and cocktail lounges. They range from cozy and elegant spaces and rowdy dive bars to eclectic waterside spots and downtown drinking destinations. So order up a French 75 at Arnaud’s in New Orleans, down a domestic at Earnestine and Hazel’s in Memphis, or sip bourbon at Haymarket in Louisville. Cheers!
We asked readers, editors, neighbors, and experts where they most liked to wet their whistle down South. After a few rounds of drinks and plenty of friendly debate, these are some of our favorite Southern taverns, taprooms, cantinas, and cocktail lounges.