Vodka? Rum? Tequila? Whiskey? Lake Geneva area bartenders are always ready to put their mixology skills to use. Take my word! The cocktails at these favorite establishments are worth trying.
Hunt Club Steakhouse
With panoramic views of the Gary Player designed golf course and the western shore of Lake Como, Geneva National’s rustic Hunt Club Steakhouse draws loyal diners year-round with the choicest cuts, winningest wine list, elegant craft cocktails, and clubby ambience. The Hunt Club’s bartenders say, “Mixology is more of an art than a science,” as they share drink recipes enjoyed by both locals and tourists. Their Tito’s Cosmopolitan is a friendly pink drink shaken with upscale Tito’s vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and a hint of cranberry. The upscale vodka and fresh lime juice turn this everyday Cosmo into a fun and flirty version just right for party time.
Pier 290’s menu of handcrafted cocktails made with fresh ingredients ranges from the Pisco Sour (a classic from Chili) to the hand squeezed Margarita, to the Whiskey Cider featuring house made cider and whiskey infused with cinnamon and spices. The house drink, called Happy Ending, is a creation of Bill Gage’s, third generation steward of Gage Marine and owner of Pier 290. This refreshing drink made with vodka, fresh lemon, lime and orange, a dash of bitters, and topped with Squirt is perfect after a day in the sun.
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
A trip to the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa serves up many options for finding a perfectly crafted cocktail. With grand windows looking out over the grounds and a beautiful terrace, the Lobby Lounge at the resort won't disappoint. They offer all of the classics at the full bar and a seasonal menu of cocktails that delight even the most finicky drinker. Late nights can be spent sipping on a classic Old Fashioned in their Evolve Nightclub or Embers Terrace and sunny afternoons can be spent sipping tropical specialties poolside at the Cool Water Pool Bar.
Located on Main Street in the heart of downtown, Sopra Bistro combines the laid-back atmosphere of Lake Geneva with the dynamic feel of Lincoln Park, Chicago. The warm wooden barstools, chairs, and tables create a harmonious balance of elegant American bistro and a comfortable neighborhood bar. Known for specialty martinis and craft cocktails, you can get all of your favorites at their full bar. They create seasonal specialties not to be missed that will transport you to the places that inspire their unique menu.
The Apothecary Bar at Maxwell Mansion 1856
Cocktails at the Apothecary Bar at historic Maxwell Mansion 1856 will take you back in time with their creative twists on traditional drinks. The large glass pane windows of the Apothecary overlook the garden lounge with several outdoor fireplaces and Bocce Ball court to enjoy with friends. Their Mixologists are always working to create the best craft cocktails in the Midwest and Southern Wisconsin. Not sure what to have? The Mixologists will find a drink just for you! If cocktails aren’t your thing they have an excellent selection of wines, beers, seltzers, and cider. They also take great pride in making the best Mocktails (non-alcoholic) drinks around.
Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar
Barrique Bistro & Wine Bar is located on Lake Geneva's picturesque lakefront and their interior reflects the relaxing atmosphere of a lakeside cottage with views of the water from any seat in the restaurant. Their private patio is a popular spot to enjoy a relaxing meal or a restful stop to grab a snack and a cocktail. You can enjoy your favorite cocktail or choose from their Signature, Specialty or Seasonal specials and offerings. Watch the world go by while you relax with one of their craft cocktails!
Baker House 1885 is a place where reality fades and decadence takes center stage with exotic flair and vintage glamour. Guests are entertained throughout the 1st floor of the historic mansion and in the lakefront garden with beautiful views of Geneva Lake from every angle. Seasonal craft cocktails greet you at the bar where you'll find something always happening. From themed holiday parties to summer Soirées, the cocktail culture is alive and kicking at this vintage location.
Where's your favorite place in Lake Geneva for a craft cocktail?