Even science says we eat with our eyes, so why not drink with them, too? Across the country, bars are working on presentation that grabs your attention with stunning handcrafted barware, tableside theatrics or a dose of whimsy.

Treasure Chest at Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago

When the Treasure Chest hits the floor, all eyes are on it. It’s impossible not to stare as the massive alcohol-filled trunk makes its way around Three Dots and a Dash — which is exactly what beverage director Kevin Beary intended. A blend of fresh fruit juices, three types of rum and a whole bottle of Dom Perignon, the group cocktail is garnished with loads of tropical fruit, orchids and — because it is a treasure, after all — shiny gold coins.