Best places to get cocktails in Dayton

Credit: Jim Witmer

Credit: Jim Witmer

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.

Lily's Bistro
E. Fifth St., Dayton
937-723-7637 | | Facebook

They've got an award-winning bartender (Amber Brady won 2015's Battle of the Bartenders) and a fantastic drink list that evolves with the seasons. Fresh ingredients and interesting twists and interpretations of classics make for really unique offerings.
Our faves: The Muses, their signature spring and summer drink, is a hit. It's light and refreshing, but beware: the booziness sneaks up on you. It's so tasty that we're okay with that. Made with Junior Johnson Strawberry Moonshine, housemade lemonade, fresh cucumber and white rock soda.

Century Bar
10 S. Jefferson St., Dayton
937-223-3382 | | Facebook

It's received national accolades, making such lists at "10 Best Bourbon Bars in America" (Men's Health) and Bourbon Review's "America's Best Bourbon Bars." Bourbon Review even described it as "

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