Traverse City is known for its breweries and wineries, but it has many great options for craft cocktails, too. Here are six places we recommend for cocktails in Traverse City.
Low Bar sets the bar high for cocktails in Traverse City. It reminds us of The Oakland in Ferndale, but we like the layout, décor, and finishes even better.
During our last visit, their menu consisted of a bright and addicting cocktail called the Bourbon Basil Smash. There was also a cocktail called The Boss, served in a bottle laid on its side. The contents of the bottle were then smoked, providing a unique cocktail experience.
After you’ve had your fill at Low Bar, head upstairs to 7 Monks, an amazing bar with a diverse selection of brews from across the state, country, and world.
We love sitting on the rooftop at The Franklin on a warm, sunny day. What makes it even better is enjoying one of their craft cocktails. Among the cocktails we’ve enjoyed is their version of a Ferndale ’75, made with local sparkling wine.
Fire Fly offers a large selection of barrel-aged creations, house-aged in American oak barrels. We tried The Lohner with Templeton Rye, grand mariner, and bitters.
In the summer, we recommend sitting outside along Boardman River. It’s a peaceful way to tip a few back.
It is not a surprise that the French bistro, Bistro FouFou, makes excellent cocktails. Happy hour makes it even easier to drink great cocktails (or wine, if that’s your thing) while enjoying an exceptional selection of appetizers for $5 or less. Duck Poutine and Deviled Eggs, anyone?
In addition to Georgina’s offering fantastic Asian Latin cuisine (including some of our favorite fries in Michigan), it’s a place we like to visit for cocktails. Their cocktail list is fairly small, but includes a knock-your-socks-off Mojito. You can also add strawberry or pineapple for an extra pop of flavor.
On the same block as Rare Bird Brewpub and Patisserie Amie, The Parlor serves up handcrafted cocktails in a cool, relaxed atmosphere. The Parlor opened in 2013, eighty years after the end of prohibition. If they keep creating such great cocktails, thriving for eighty years shouldn’t be a problem.