The Top Cocktail Bars In Little Rock, Arkansas

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Andrea Henthorn

Little Rock, Arkansas, enjoys a deep association with American history, oozes Southern charm, and hosts a wealth of nightlife hotspots. Whether taking a break from sightseeing or catching up with friends, there’s an array of places to grab a drink in during your stay; we list 10 great local cocktail bars.

Capital Bar and Grill

Located in the Capital Hotel, an architectural staple of the Little Rock landscape, the Capital Bar and Grill serves a selection of mixed drinks reminiscent of a bygone era. Top cocktail picks include the Bee’s Knees, a mix of Tanqueray Gin, lemon juice and honey, which is thought to have been first created in the 1920s. Customers are drawn here for the unbeatably sophisticated atmosphere as well as the stylish liquor menu.

Local Lime

This Latin restaurant and bar in the heart of Little Rock offers unique tequila and mezcal based mixed drinks. Local Lime‘s signature Texas Two Step is a popular choice made with tequila or mezcal, jalapeño Triple Sec, Basil Simple Syrup and lime juice. The drinks pair perfectly with their zesty Mexican menu items, with delicious salsas, taco plates and fajitas available throughout the evening.

Cafe Bossa Nova

Customers can experience a taste of Brazil with Cafe Bossa Nova’s Latin American menu and cocktails. Cachaca, a Brazilian rum distilled from sugar cane, can be substituted for liquors like vodka in many drinks. Be sure to try the Caipirinha, a fiery drink made from cachaca, limes and sugar.

109&Co.

The smell of cigars and the size of the luxurious lounge chairs are the first things to greet customers as they walk into 109&Co. Next is the extensive list of cocktails and array of alcoholic beverages available, evident through the countless number of bottles charmingly lining the walls. 109&Co has a speakeasy feel, and has over 90 whiskeys to choose from; drink straight or use as a base for one of the mixed drinks.

The Fold: Botanas Bar

The Fold is a Mexican bar and restaurant offering an array of vegetarian and vegan options. The cool and stylish decor of the bar, featuring pastel pinks and turquoises, reflects the freshness of the ingredients used here. The Fold uses only locally sourced food and ingredients, and even serves hand-squeezed drinks. There are daily and weekend drink specials to select from too.

The Pantry

The Pantry has two locations in Little Rock, but it’s the Pantry Crest that operates exclusively as a dinner and cocktail bar in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Guests can enjoy a beautiful outside seating area to complement the rustic environment, and are free to sip on hand-crafted cocktails while eating delicious meals like duck breast and bacon-wrapped dates.

South on Main

South on Main boasts a lively atmosphere and a delicious menu brimming with Southern comfort food. As well as their signature cocktail menu, South on Main is also renowned for featuring live musicians and bands. It’s a relaxing night on the town when customers can sit back and listen to country influenced singers and songwriters while enjoying well-made drinks.

Ciao Baci

Ciao Baci is a Mediterranean-style tapas bar located in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock. Classic starters such as bruschetta and lamb empanadas are served here, along with popular cocktails including colorful blood orange cosmopolitans. There is also an exceptional wine list as part of the menu, adding to the charming, European atmosphere.

Big Orange

Big Orange, whilst known for its burger and milkshake menu, also boasts an exceptional cocktail menu. If you’re looking to enjoy an all-American diner setting with a cocktail bar twist, then Big Orange is the place to make a pit stop in Little Rock. Try the Limoncello Lemon drop, made from limoncello, vodka lemon and triple sec.

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