13 Best Drinks to Order at The Bar


Are you searching for a new drink to try on your next night out? Look no further! Here are some of the most popular, tastiest drinks to order next time you’re at the bar.

These cocktails are the perfect thirst quenchers, whether alone or with friends! Let’s get into the top picks:

1. Whiskey Sour

This classic cocktail combines deliciously sweet lemon juice with bourbon to dilute the sharp alcoholic taste. It’s balanced perfectly, so you can still enjoy the blended citrus even if you don’t have a sweet tooth. This is usually served before dinner, but it makes a perfect choice anytime on your night out!

Some bartenders mix it with egg white, shake it, and strain it into an old-fashioned whiskey glass. You can choose to have it on the rocks or take it straight, and it’ll taste just as good!

2. Manhattan

This is another popular choice made from whiskey and sweet vermouth. It’s the perfect drink to order at the bar during summer when you want something cool and refreshing.

You can remix it your way by adding bourbon, rye, or scotch; it’s up to you. If you’re feeling fancy, enjoy it with a twist and try it on ice instead of drinking it straight up!

3. Old Fashioned


This cocktail’s name is somewhat deceiving since the drink is anything but old-fashioned!

You don’t have to be old-fashioned to enjoy the signature sultry sweet notes blended with bitters in the Old Fashioned cocktail!

Prepare to have your tastebuds transported by the citrusy aroma of the orange garnish, which makes the sweetened bourbon or rye a magical experience. Your bartender will usually serve it in an old-fashioned glass on ice. The classic proportions are:

  • Two parts bourbon or rye whiskey
  • One part sweet vermouth
  • Three dashes of Angostura bitters (a mix of aromatic herbs)

5. Gin and Tonic

This next drink tastes just as good as it sounds, fun and refreshing! Gin and tonic is perfect if you want something bright, crisp, and zesty!

You won’t go wrong with this crowd-favorite cocktail that can be remixed with different types and brands of gin for different flavors. It’s also a popular order at Abode Bistro & Bar, and you can ask your bartender to add fruits to make it even more vibrant. Popular mixes include juniper, citrus, or coriander, which also pair well with herbs and spices!

6. White Russian

White Russian is a classic cocktail mixing vodka with milk or cream, ice, and Kahlua. If you’re not a fan of the sharp alcoholic taste, the intense blend of the Kahlua will help even the bitterness. The cream dilutes the sweetness from the chocolate, so it’s not too overwhelming. Overall, this is a richly textured choice, perfect for mixing at parties or nursing at the bar.

7. Michelada


This refreshing blend of cooled beer and lime juice with a dash of salt. It’s traditionally served in a glass with ice with various garnishes.

The Michelada is the spicy, Mexican twist to the traditional Bloody Mary, with an ice-cold beer replacing the vodka used in Bloody Mary. However, this is an acquired taste since most people find the flavor a little too “unique.”

8. Bloody Mary

First-timers are often skeptical of this classic, objecting to mixing alcohol and tomatoes. This controversial drink combines tomato juice, vodka, horseradish, and Tabasco sauce for a spicy punch.

If you’re daring enough to try it, it can be satisfying after a long day! It has the perfect blend of spicy and savory, typically served in a glass with celery sticks on the side!

The Bloody Mary is like a sassy veggie soup cooked to perfection and topped with just enough vodka to give it a nice kick. You can also choose to elevate it with other spirits like Mezcal.

9. Mojito

Mojito is a fun choice, combining white rum with sugar, lime juice, and a minty taste. This popular Cuban cocktail is the perfect blend of bubbly and sweet, with the club soda stretching out the notes of each ingredient to make the perfect brunch sipper!

It’s usually served in a tall glass over ice and tastes like a vacation in a glass! You can have fun with the ratios with this cocktail to determine how much alcohol you want, making it the star of happy hour drinks!

10. Dry Martini

Dry Martini is a staple for those who indulge but don’t enjoy sweet drinks. It has a signature gin or vodka taste, with very little vermouth, thus the “dry” part. You’ll likely have it served with an olive or lemon twist like other martinis, or just shake it with ice and then strain it into a glass.

11. Negroni


A sophisticated aperitif, the Negroni is a classic Italian creation with blends of herbs and sweet, delicately fruity licorice root. The gin gives it a bitter undertone cut by the sweet vermouth and a citrusy taste from the garnish to balance it better.

This is a crowd favorite, often ordered before meals as a stimulant. You’ll see the bartender stir, not shake this delicate drink, and serve it on the rocks. It’s simple yet refreshing, with the perfect layers of bitter, fruity, and zesty notes!

12. Daiquiri

For a sexy drink that’s simple but delicious, order a tall glass of Daiquiri! Expertly mixed rum and lime juice, this drink is perfectly refreshing, whatever time of day!

This cocktail perfectly balances sweet and sour; the drink can be remixed into various flavors. Strawberry Daiquiri is a popular favorite, making this drink light, flirty, and fun, perfect for summer!

13. Sex On The Beach

Sex On The Beach is made from chilled vodka with peach schnapps, orange extract, and concentrated cranberry juice. It tastes like a fun fruity punch and is loved for its refreshing taste and provocative name!

This is usually served in a tall glass with ice and garnished with an umbrella to make you feel like you’re on vacation!


Pick Your Poison

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different drinks to discover your signature taste! If you’d prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can ask the bartender to mix a version minus any alcohol.

Be adventurous next time you’re at the bar, and try something new! Hopefully, this list helped you learn about different drinks to try next time you’re out!

Written by Kan Dail