Forget the buttery nipples and mind erasers: these $5 shots are essentially mini craft cocktails

Other bars may add more interactive elements. At Three Dots and a Dash, a tiki bar in Chicago, beverage director Kevin Beary designed a group drink order called the Shotstopus, where three rum, passionfruit, and tangerine shots are presented on an octopus-shaped display (each “tentacle” holds a glass) surrounded by dry ice fog and aromatics. “It’s such a wild presentation,” Beary says.

He also admits that the tiki bar atmosphere helps quell the stigma surrounding shots, and transforms them into a fun, elaborate party element. “For the most part, people come here to have a good time. This is not that stuffy environment where taking shots with your friends would be frowned upon.”