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Craft Cocktails around Marietta Square

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Now that we are in the Dog days of the Summer heat, what better way to cool down and relax than with an artfully made craft cocktail from a locally owned restaurant on Marietta Square.  Read on to hear about just a few spots that we like and hope that you can stop in for a creative libation.  Most all these spots offer outdoor seating and all places have their tables spaced out to follow social distancing guidelines.

House of Lu is certainly known for their family recipes of delicious Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, but did you know they have a vast selection of craft cocktails as well?  They offer the classics such as a Cosmopolitan and a Martini, but also have Mango and Lemon Drop Martinis for an exotic twist.  Try something fun and different, like a “Don’t Hanoi Me” Iced Tea made with Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum or a “Ming Dynasty” made with Absolut vodka, Blue Curacao, Soho Lychee Liqueur and Cream De Violette.

If you are feeling a bit on the wild side, then try one of their shooters such as the “Dragon Slayer” prepared with Bacardi Coconut and Dragon Berry Rum or a “Fortune Cookie” made with Byejoe Red, Bailey’s, & Disaronno Amaretto.  So belly up to the circular bar and admire the beautiful murals in the restaurant, relax and enjoy your cocktail or two.

a glass of wine sitting on top of a wooden tableimage credit- House of Lu Facebook page

Two Birds Taphouse has delicious wood fired pizzas, seasonally inspired small plates, 32 taps of (mostly) local craft beer, but they also have quite a selection of craft cocktails made with local curated ingredients and fresh herbs to tempt your taste buds at the end of a long workday.  How can you not try a drink named “Honey I Drunk the Kids”, made with Cathead honeysuckle vodka, lemon, cucumber, mint & agave or for a more tropical flavor try the “Hollaback Girl” made with JM rhum agricole, banana cordial, tiki bitters, vanilla, pineapple & lime.  Doesn’t that sound absolutely refreshing, we think so.

Two Birds also offers housemade shrubs that you can get to-go and make your own fancy drinks at home, such as Blackberry mint and smoked Pineapple…these can be ordered on-line along with their food items as well.

a glass of wineimage credit- Two Birds Taphouse Facebook page

Silla Del Toro has become a hot spot on Marietta Square in a short time and are known for their Spanish influenced tapas plates.  We also like to stop in for an artisanal cocktail and here’s a few of our favs from their creative drink menu…if you’re a a fan of Gin, then you can build your own beverage, to include your brand of the spirit, tonic and type of fresh garnish.  Try the whimsically named “Flemenco Tune” made with Vodka, manzanilla sherry, lime, black cherry, ginger & bubbles.

What is more refreshing on a hot Summer evening than a cold glass of Sangria and you can get the traditional white or red version prepared with fresh fruit or try the Pink version made with Rose’ wine, cognac, lemon, strawberry & rhubarb…can’t decide, then try and flight of all three!  Check our their food and drink menu at

a glass of orange juiceimage credit- Silla Del Toro Facebook page

The Butcher The Baker has many great farm to table menu items to choose from and they also have family meals to take home and enjoy not having to cook for an evening.   TBTB offer some very unique craft cocktails to check out, so give these a try and you won’t be disappointed.  The aptly named “Down on the Farm” is made with TBTB bacon bourbon, peach shrub, maurin blanc, lemon & peach bitters…you had us at Bacon Bourbon!  The “Ruby Slipper” sounds delicious prepared with Cathead vodka, blood orange, hibiscus shrub/syrup, lime & dry vermouth.

If you have your family or crew, then try a Punch Bowl that serves 8 made with Vodka, peach, lemon, sherbert and bubbles…that sounds like a party in a bowl!  We hope you will support our local restaurants during these difficult times and be safe y’all.

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