Seasonal cocktails are important to punctuate all seasons with flavors that are special to the time of year as well as serve as appropriately refreshing. While light beers get the job done in the summer and spicy, heavier beers take the fall chill away, some heavy hitters and sweeter flavors are more common and warming during the winter and holidays. Drinks like egg nog, peppermint martinis and hot toddies become more common during the holiday season and often serve as great, relaxing refreshments for get-togethers during this time of year. So grab your out-of-towners and head to these great Cleveland bars that are serving up impressive holiday cocktail menus.
Fairmount Martini & Wine Bar
2448 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
With a cozy interior and wonderful heated patio, The Fairmount ushers in the changing seasons with grace and flavor. While you’re outside under the outdoor heaters, sip on a tasty seasonal cocktail and absorb the last of the outdoor weather. Move inside on one of the couches and check out the ever-changing holiday cocktail menu, with season libations to please everyone.
Velvet Tango Room
2095 Columbus Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Velvet Tango Room is a unique venue already, with homemade and traditional drinks in a traditional speakeasy environment. Add to this a holiday treat like eggnog and you have the perfect place to bring together your friends and family for an effortless evening full of cheer and warmth. Brandy, nog and rum come together here for classic cheer and a time warp.
1365 W. 65th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Toast is the perfect place for a curious eater or drinker, with a rotating menu of not only food, but seasonal drinks. Ever-creative in the presentation of its offerings, Toast is a great place to go for something out of the ordinary and filled with holiday flavors. Homemade eggnog, house-made Irish creme and hot bourbon cider have previously made an appearance on the holiday drink menu.
12387 Cedar Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Nighttown has the warm and homey feel of a relative’s welcoming home, complete with piano and a fully stocked bar. The ability to make what customers want in a comfortable setting is something this bar can boast and is what makes it a classic standby for regular customers, while drawing in the new. Don’t be afraid to bring the whole family here for some live music around the holidays and some homemade eggnog with a candy cane garnish.
4061 Erie St.
Willoughby, OH 44094
A martini bar in a surprising setting, Olivor Twist is a great place for a girls’ night out or a quiet date. Martinis are obviously the specialty here, and with the holidays come a refresh of the options. A martini made with Godiva white, cream, candy cane and chocolate vodka could be the perfect sweet treat for a gift exchange among friends.
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