There’s something magical about starting your evening with a delicious cocktail and some tasty appetizers. It sets the tone for the night ahead and gets your taste buds ready for the main course. But where can you find the best spots for pre-dinner drink? Look no further, as we’ve got you covered with some of the most exciting and engaging options out there!

First up, let’s head to the heart of New York City – the city that never sleeps. If you’re looking for a chic and sophisticated atmosphere, head to The Bar Room at The Beekman. This stylish spot boasts an impressive drink mixture list, including the classic Old Fashioned, as well as unique creations like the Smoke and Mirrors (made with mezcal, pineapple, and lime). To pair with your drink, indulge in the oysters, ahi tuna tartare, or the roasted bone marrow.

The Bar Room at The Beekman, New York City

Next up, let’s head to the West Coast, where you can find some of the best mixture in Los Angeles. If you’re in the mood for something quirky and whimsical, check out The Mermaid Bar at Little Sister. This playful spot serves up delicious cocktails like the Tokyo Drift (made with Japanese whiskey, Aperol, and grapefruit) and the Mango Margarita. The small plates menu is equally exciting, with options like the pork belly bao and the crispy tamarind chicken wings.

The Mermaid Bar at Little Sister, Los Angeles

If you find yourself in the Windy City, Chicago, make sure to stop by The Violet Hour. This speakeasy-style cocktail bar has been a local favorite for years and for good reason. The expert bartenders craft some of the most inventive and delicious appetizer in the city, with options like the Corpse Reviver No. 2 (made with gin, Cointreau, and Lillet Blanc). To go with your drink, try the charcuterie board, the truffle popcorn, or the warm marinated olives.

The Violet Hour, Chicago

For those of you who are looking for a more intimate and cozy atmosphere, head to Portland, Oregon, where you’ll find Teardrop Cocktail Lounge. This dimly lit spot offers a range of delicious drink, including the gin-based Green Beast and the rum-based Lion’s Tail. As for appetizers, we recommend the crispy chickpeas, the smoked trout dip, and the seared beef carpaccio.

Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, Portland

Last but not least, let’s head to the South, where you can find some of the best drinks in Nashville, Tennessee. Head to The Patterson House, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar that’s been named one of the best bars in America. Here, you can sip on classic drink like the Sazerac and the Boulevardier, while enjoying small plates like the pimento cheese fritters and the bacon-wrapped dates.

The Patterson House

No matter where you find yourself in the country, there’s always a spot to enjoy some delicious pre-dinner appetizers. Whether you’re in the mood for something classic and sophisticated or quirky and playful, these options are sure to satisfy your cravings. So, next time you’re out on the town, make sure to check out one of these exciting spots and raise a glass to a night of delicious drinks and mixtures!

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Remember to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver or alternative transportation plan in place. Cheers to happy hours and appetizers!

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