The ultimate #TBT, National Brandy Alexander Day, is Thursday, January 31. So, let’s toast the oldies but goodies, the vintage cocktails that we still sip and love. We’ve rounded up 14 restaurants that go retro with classic sips this winter — some of these comeback kid cocktails are much the same when the twenties roared, while others have been reimagined. But all have stood the test of time and, as beverage director Michael Ray at Chopps American Bar and Grill in Burlington, Massachusetts, put it so eloquently, “Retro cocktails remind us of a historical, tough, and patriotic time and truly are the cornerstone of bartending, in addition to guest services.” So whether you’re toasting #ThirstyThursday with a friend or gathering your work family for a post-project celebration, these classics will give you something to “cheers” about. Not near one of these spots? OpenTable can help you find a restaurant near you.
Booth One, Chicago, Illinois
To honor its 80th birthday, the restaurant debuted a menu that fuses Chicago’s history with the history of cocktail culture, inviting imbibers to be transported to “a moment in the iconic space’s history.” Cocktails include the Cynar Flip, a split base of rye whiskey, Cynar, whole egg, and a touch of cream; the Tony Accardo, a classic Godfather sip with bourbon and creme de noyaux — and concrete shoes; and The Playboy Club, a pour of Prosecco, passion fruit, and lime, a nod to the 70s disco fever. Make a reservation at Booth One.
Shaw’s Crab House, Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is a cosmopolitan town. And the River North Cosmo mixed here is a taste of cocktail history with a sophisticated, urban Windy City vibe. It’s built with Poland Select vodka, Luxardo aperitivo, fresh lime juice, Cointreau, and Briottet creme de cassis, shaken, double strained, and garnished with a lime wheel. A perfect pairing for the seafood-driven menu (there’a an oyster bar for slurping) — and the famous Key Lime pie is a taste of sunshine in a Chicago snowstorm. Make a reservation at Shaw’s Crab House.