20 cool and crazy crafty cocktails to knock your socks off in Atlanta

The days of boring screwdrivers and bland rum and cokes are over. Explore the artistic side of your luscious desire to be a lush. Venture out to some bars in Atlanta that will mix you a cocktail that could just bring out your crazy and have your taste buds screaming in delight. Bartenders are now professional mixologists who come to work carrying leather cases housing their elaborate tools of the trade. Sit on a bar stool and fasten your seat belt as we take you on a tour to the best craft cocktails in our fair Southern city.

Red Phone Booth
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This concept bar features creative classic craft cocktails in a 1920s speakeasy atmosphere. And guess what? Red Phone Booth is a bit of a secret. You'll enter by securing a coveted phone number and dialing it into an antique London-style red phone booth. Mixologist Leo de Rivera wants you to know his two favorites.
Red Hook - A blend of rye whiskey, maraschino liqueur, sweet vermouth and orange bitters.
Bramble - Gin, crème de murè, lime juice and sugar. First mixed at London's Savoy hotel bar, this refreshing cocktail features sweet blackberry and surprising botanical notes.

Leon's Full Service
You'll love the atmosphere in this renovated gas station complete with an outdoor area and bocce ball court. You've got to love the names and the flavor of these two favorites.
Horse's Neck- Buffalo trace bourbon, angostura bitters, Reagan's orange bitters, house ginger beer.
Suspending Disbelief- Leopold brothers, absinthe, cranberry, falernum, pimento dram, walnut, sherry, vanilla, lime, cassis, bitters & spices.

S.O.S. Tiki Bar
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The S.O.S. will deliver a salty breeze and a tropical attitude for those wishing to transport themselves to a deserted island. Expect to find cute little drink umbrellas, chunks of pineapple, as well as drinks served in pineapples, coconuts or bamboo cups. Go totally troppo with these two island slammers.
Dr. Funk – Signature blend of aged and Jamaican pot still rums, absinthe, grenadine, lime or cane.
Zombie – Fastidious blends of rum, falernum, grenadine, cinnamon, anise, lime, grapefruit and bitters.
If it's party time, bring all your friends and get a $100 punch bowl for 6-8 people.

Ticonderoga Bar
When a group of crafty cocktail connoisseurs get together and open a bar/restaurant you won't be surprised that the drinks are what you go there for.
Buckskin Playmate – Bourbon, rye, Italian vermouth, madeira, herb saint, and bitters.
Get Happy– Tequila, cognac, lemon, honey and rhubarb bitters.

Himitsu is a reservation only Tokyo style craft cocktail lounge. It takes some tenacity to get admitted to the unmarked entryway. Upon confirmation you'll get an email with a secret passcode to enter through the unmarked black door. Each drink is named after the main ingredient of the cocktail in Japanese.
Toryufu: The name means truffle in Japanese and ingredients include pear-infused vodka, white truffle honey, topped with sparkling Indian tonic.
Kemuri: A whiskey-based cocktail using torched cinnamon and clove smoke.

The Bookhouse Pub
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This book-themed pub is earthy with wood being the primary design element. They also have an outdoor patio for those that demand fresh air. Affordable drink prices make it double the fun.
Purple Rain - Altos Blanco, lavender syrup, lemon juice and crème de violette.
Everybody Knows- Death's Door gin, chai-infused cocchi vermouth, Benedectine, and bitters.

This trendy cocktail bar located in Inman Quarter is basing many of their crafty cocktails around bitters and Italian Amari. You'll notice the entire crafting cocktail scene is enamored with bitters. Take a look at these two unusual concoctions.
Smoke & Chill - Yummy mezcal, pineapple, banana, cinnamon, lime, angostura, nutmeg and mint.
Neon Cowboy - Hearty bourbon, kina, grapefruit, lemon, hopped grapefruit bitters.

Proof and Provision
Who needs a drink? Go down into the basement of the Georgian Terrace Hotel and get ready for some tasty barrel aged booze. This place prides itself on everything homemade including their own private label bourbon.
Irish Afternoon – Irish whiskey, lemon, chamomile, house made vermouth and blackstrap bitters.
The Truth - Edgar's Truth bourbon, pineapple-citrus sour, fig and angostura bitters.

Johnny's Hideaway
This iconic establishment has been around for decades. You can transport yourself back to the Rat Pack days while you listen to the DJ spin Sinatra and Elvis. Of course, the crafty cocktail of choice to accompany the vintage spirit would be a spin on the classic martini.
Elyx Bacon Blue Martini- Absolut Elyx vodka, lightly dirty, and Applewood bacon & blue cheese stuffed colossal olives.
Cantaloupe Martini- Mandarin Blossom Vodka and Marie Brizard watermelon liqueur.

The Grain
If you find yourself in Midtown, then head over to this innovative crafty bar with reclaimed wood bars that protrude from the bar. Kevin Bragg, a well-known Atlanta mixologist is one of the partners who has created some delicious crafty libations. If you don't want to wait, just order these two selections on tap.
Midtown Mule - Try a cold brew Stolichnaya, vodka, rosemary, fresh oregano, lime, ginger, ginger beer.
Orange Jubilee – Choose a slushy orange jubilee and Highwest bourbon.

Please don't try to sample all of these wonderful variations of innovative cocktails on one drunken outing. If you do, put the car keys away and take two aspirin before you go to bed.

Meeka Anne is revisiting her childhood stomping grounds in Atlanta where she grew up. She writes for several lifestyle magazines and has authored two books.