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Kat Hunter is at the helm of this craft cocktail bar, which boasts more than 400
bourbons. Her signature cocktail, The Heart of Darkness, is the only drink
that can outsell their Old Fashioned. The Heart of Darkness was designed for
Bourbon’s cigar enthusiasts. As the drink gets closer to room temperature some
of its flavors intensify whereas others move into the background. Its four ingredients—New Southern Revival Rye, Krupnik made with local honey, bitters and
a smoke blend of hickory and clove—are stirred exactly 22 times.
Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar
Lucky Rooster was one of the first restaurants in the South to accomplish craft cocktails on draft (and a spirits list that’ll make most
collectors blanche). Chef Clayton Rollison’s Darjeeling 1888
Punch is milk-washed, an arduous process that allows the cocktail to remain in a mixed state. Bourbon, sherry, chamomile
grappa, black tea and aromatics create a drink that’s strong but
balanced. It’s a pirate’s cup with a Gucci sensibility and isn’t
afraid to say, “How lovely am I” to the Hilton Head vacationer.
Order: The Darjeeling 1888 Punch
Vibe: Consummate neighborhood eatery with the stocked bar
of your bucket list.
Crowd: The ever-curious and well-informed imbibers,
with a golden tan.
Order: The Heart of Darkness
Vibe: Wood-clad and convivial, the Main Street District eatery is designed
to chat with your neighbors.
Crowd: Spirited mix of state politicos, locals and foodie fans of proprietor
Kristian Niemi.
ART Burger Sushi Bar
At ART, liquid nitrogen stunts libations into a frozen state. Watching the team
accomplish this is nearly as fun as ladling the soft-serve into your mouth. Their
chai latte is made with horchata and served over a snifter of dry ice, which
causes the cocktail to smoke. Daniel Becker’s team is giddy to scratch below the
menu’s surface (there’s dry-aged grass fed beef for burgers and fried-chicken
sushi topped with gouda mac). The restaurant is filled with local art, with an
open kitchen and a chic bar. It’s a spot primed for date night.
Order: The Chai Latte (Liquid Nitrogen) Cocktail
Vibe: A galley lane with distinct lighting, eclectic local art and a sit-and-stay
Crowd: A come-for-the-cocktails, stay-for-the-food mix of smart locals
and beach tourists.
Check out for a tour of
the state’s rooftop bars
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