Best places to get cocktails in Dayton

  • Ashley Bethard & staff
6:00 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2016 What To Do
Jim Witmer
Amber Brady, Bar Manager at Lily's Bistro, pours apple cider to finish their seasonal cocktail, Harvest Moon. JIM WITMER/ STAFF

The cocktail is a curious elixir -- the magical mix of booze and other ingredients can cure just about anything.

Today is extra-special, because it's Friday AND it's World Cocktail Day (celebrated annually on May 13).

To help you celebrate, we've compiled a list of the best places to grab a cocktail in Dayton and beyond. You're guaranteed a great drink to suit your taste at any of these fine establishments.

Pro Tip: When in doubt about what you should order, ask your bartender. It's hard to tell from a cocktail list how a drink will taste, so consult your local experts. They'll be able to make a top-notch recommendation on something that suits you.

400 E. Fifth St., Dayton
937-203-3999 |
Salar, a world-fusion restaurant with with strong French, Peruvian, and Mediterranean influences, features three Signature Cocktails year round -- and a whole host of others that depend on the season and what's available.
Our faves: The spicy-sweet flavor combo of La Pasion (Bulleit Bourbon, Sandeman’s Tawny Port, fresh lime, Demerara, passion fruit, fresh cilantro and chipotle chili powder) is a winner. It's warming yet fresh -- perfectly balanced, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

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