There is nothing like the simplistic beauty of a classic drink. A bartender that can make great classic cocktails, like an Old Fashioned, is a skilled drink maker indeed and also shows the authenticity of the bar. We found the 10 best spots in Florida to get this quintessential drink and many other delicious craft cocktails.
Check these places out for a perfect Old Fashioned or craft cocktail next time you are in Florida!
Top 10 Places for an Old Fashioned in Florida
The Ravenous Pig (Winter Park)
Ravenous Pig is an American style gastropub. Along with a delicious restaurant they also have a large beer garden (open when weather cooperates) and their own brewery. The restaurant has a clean, crisp look and is an inviting spot to enjoy a meal and great cocktail. They are well known for drinks and hospitality – needless to say their Old Fashioned is top notch!
The Courtesy (Orlando)
Handcrafted cocktails are their passion! At The Courtesy you will find inventive craft cocktails, as well as a perfect take on the classics. You can’t go wrong with the drinks here – they have a rotating by season cocktail menu, if you are looking for something different, and then the good old standbys like the Old Fashioned which is made to perfection. They even offer craft cocktail making classes!
Mama Tried (Miami)
This place is more than just a neighborhood bar, although it is that as well! Mama Tried was the creation of a bunch of people getting together to make this cool bar happen. This cozy spot is centrally located in downtown Miami. They are open for a daytime drink, after work cocktail and even into the evening for a fun late night scene. You will find great drinks and conversation here, of course including a phenomenal Old Fashioned.
The Stubborn Mule (Orlando)
The Stubborn Mule offers new age American cuisine alongside great craft cocktails, wine and beer. It is proudly owned and operated by two graduates of The Culinary Institute of America and you can tell the quality and skill in every dish they serve. The food and cocktail menus are locally sourced with the freshest ingredients possible. All the menus are inventive and the classics are outstanding.
State Street (Sarasota)
This cool funky spot will take you back in time to the Mid-Century. It is located in a historic building and the space has been restored to its original beauty, with a twist of chic modernity. The space is filled with distressed brick, high exposed beam rafters and beautiful wallpaper. You will want to get cozy here and order a tasty classic cocktail, like an Old Fashioned. The food is also creative and delicious. This unique spot is one not to miss!
The Whiskey (Orlando)
This urban spot has a cool vibe and lots of great food and drinks. They proudly offer a wide variety of handpicked whiskeys and fun craft cocktails. They also have a great food menu with inventive and stunning presentations. The servers are helpful and welcoming. This is a must-visit next time you are in Orlando!
Point 57 Kitchen & Cocktails (Cape Coral)
This high-end inviting spot has top notch seafood and American style fare with a mix of Southern influence. Everything is made from scratch and as fresh as possible with local ingredients. They have an extensive drink menu including craft cocktails and a great wine list. They make all the classics just as they should be made, but better, including the beloved Old Fashioned.
Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)
This hip spot is located right in Miami Beach and boasts being James Beard Award semi-finalists & Tale’s of the Cocktail’s Best American Hotel Bar winners. They have in-house mixologists creating some of the most creative and delicious drinks you will find anywhere. The cocktail syrups and elixirs are homemade with ingredients from around the world. The Miami location has a backyard paradise that will make you want to hang out all day long into the night!
Grape & Grain Exchange (Jacksonville)
Grape & Grain is a cool local spot to get some great libations. They offer craft beer, cocktails, wine and a tasty little snack menu. They have seasonal cocktails, as well as the classics. You can’t go wrong with either! This is a spot you will want to visit again and again.
The Hangry Bison (Orlando)
The Hangry Bison offers delicious burgers, classic cocktails, craft beers and a great atmosphere. They serve only the freshest local ingredients. The buns for the burgers are made in-house daily. They have a great bourbon selection and make the classics to perfection.