If you didn’t post a photo, did the night really happen? It’s no longer enough for a cocktail to be delicious; it needs to be photogenic as well. These nine bars have some seriously showy drinks. But don’t just post a photo—savor the cocktail, too, because they’re all crafted by top bartenders.
Canon has one of the world’s largest whiskey selections, and we’ve been a fan of its glassware for quite some time. As that show about the Pacific Northwest’s other major city says, just put a bird on it.
928 12th Ave., Seattle
Tiki drinks have always been known for their great glassware and garnishes. Lost Lake, though, takes tiki to a new level with its whimsical mugs, garnishes, and straws curling every which way. 3154 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago
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The tiki-leaning cocktails at Mother of Pearl, a vegan Polynesian spot, have basically taken over Instagram. Witness the “Shark Eye,” looking for all the world like it’s just devoured a mermaid.
95 Avenue A, New York
The Tokyo-inspired drinks at ROKC, a ramen joint and cocktail bar in Harlem, might be served in a faux bird’s egg or an actual conch shell. 3452 Broadway, New York
We’re counting down the days until the weather warms and The Roof at Park South reopens for the season. It’s our regular summer hang for its delicious drinks (we’re partial to the Miami Vice—frozen pina colada swirled with frozen mai tai) as well as the hilarious glassware (we’ve been served a drink in a C3PO mug before) and A++ garnish game.
125 E. 27th St., New York
Slowly Shirley is one of our regular hangs for its delicious drinks. It doesn’t hurt that they’re gorgeous as well. Check out this skull-for-two, the cocktail within turned black by activated charcoal. Downstairs, 121 W. 10th St., New York
In Brno, Super Panda Circus is shaking up the cocktail game with their fanciful glassware. Yes, that really is the bar’s namesake animal hugging a baby’s bottle of booze and a Barbie doll riding a unicorn.
Šilingrovo nám. 3, 602 00 Brno-střed, Czechia
More a cocktail pub, The Barking Dog takes a whimsical approach to a pretty serious drinks program. We can’t get enough of the Mexican 8-Ball. Sankt Hans Gade 19, 2200 København
This tiki bar’s got such good glassware game that it’s developed its own line of Three Dots and a Dash tiki mugs… just in case you’d like to try your hand at Instagrammable cocktails at home. 435 N Clark St, Chicago