Daytonians love a fine adult beverage. That’s no secret. But Daytonians have some strong opinions about who does it best.
Here are the winners of Dayton.com’s Best of 2018 contest Best Cocktails category that take cocktail crafting and mixing to the next level.
🏆 COMPLETE GUIDE TO BEST OF DAYTON 2018 WINNERS
🥇WINNER: The Century
For the sixth consecutive year, The Century bar at 10 S. Jefferson St. has been named one of America’s 100 Best Bourbon Bars by The Bourbon Review’s website. We are lucky to have this world-class bourbon destination here in our neighborhood. The Century dates back to 1942 under that name and that location.
The location’s history as a bar dates back even before then. And while bourbon’s certainly its forte, it makes one heck of a cocktail, bourbon or not. Check out the bar’s Bourbon & Whiskey list. Incredible!
The Century has big plans in 2019 that include a move to a much bigger space, but the same delicious cocktails everyone loves.
>> Daytonian of the Week: The Century Bar’s Joe Head
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🥈SECOND PLACE: Salar
400 E. 5th St., Dayton | 937-203-3999 | Website
A devastating fire in December 2017 forced this beloved Oregon District restaurant to close until the restaurant was able to rebuild and reopen just last fall.
Salar Restaurant and Lounge in the Oregon District in Dayton serves up exquisite global fare, while a specialty cocktail menu and lounge that keep customers’ thirst at bay. Here is Salar’s Cocktail List featuring specialty and craft cocktails. They put a fresh spin on the classics and offer some of the most unique drinks in town.
One of Salar’s new additions after reopening is a Pisco bar. Guests can select from a pisco cocktail list or customize their drinks with a variety of pisco flavors that currently include apricot, coca tea, concord grapes and pineapple. The syrup varieties include honey, agave, cinnamon and clove, cactus blossom, lavender, simple, vanilla and demerara.
🥉THIRD PLACE: Lily’s Bistro
Lily’s Bistro is famous for its unique menu, its brunch, its patio and its delicious, creative, refreshing cocktails.
Lily’s has a way of putting a creative spin on the classics and offering funky flavor combinations.
The Rising Sun blends Suntory toki japanese whiskey, fresh lemon, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and luxardo cherry juice. The Harvest Moon blends Junior Johnson apple pie moonshine, Paul Masson brandy, Ohio apple cider and fall spice.