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Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America: Summit Room
Drink your way through the highest summits in the world without even leaving your seat. Cocktails include the Mount Everest (Firefly, Ketel One Oranje, lemon sour, cranberry and muddled mint), Kilimanjaro (Pama, St. Germain, Hendrick’s, lemonade, cranberry) and Mount Vinson (Tito’s, vanilla bean syrup, Barritt’s ginger beer and cinnamon sugar orange wheel).
Asia: Seoul Food Meat Company
The South End staple, known for its wings and new all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ, is your best bet for one-of-a-kind Asian-inspired drinks and cocktails. Go for the Soju, a clear Korean liquor that’s usually served neat, but at Seoul Food, comes in a pineapple, melon or coconut.
France: Dot Dot Dot
The members-only speakeasy hidden underneath Park Road Shopping Center (find it in the Backlot) offers a menu brimming with classic cocktails, including Parisian staple French 75. Huebner’s version is made with Sutler’s gin, champagne, simple syrup and lemon juice and is served in a champagne flute.
Greece: Kid Cashew
Owner Giorgio Bakatsias, who grew up on a farm in Greece, is at the helm of the city’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, and its menu drips authenticity. Order a carafe of Goat’s Breast Milk, made with ouzo, amaretto, honey, lemon and mint.
Ireland: Belfast Mill
The Irish pub, tucked away in Latta Arcade, has 30 Irish whiskeys on its menu, including Jameson, Paddy’s Devil Apple, Tullamore Dew and Yellow Spot.
Hotel bars aren’t just for guests anymore. Visit the Marriott City Center and ask for the Spring Garden, made with Fernet Branca, yellow chartreuse, maraschino and strawberry St. Elderflower.
Japan: Soul Gastrolounge
Soul’s cocktail program – many of which are on tap – never fails to impress. Order the Lost in Translation, with Suntory Toki Japanese whiskey, Junmai Ginjo sake, Cynar and Crude orange and fig bitters.
Mexico: The Punch Room
The menu is host to everything from shareable punches to a $400 cocktail. Ask for the Tequila For Two, made with two types of tequila (Milagro Reposado and Vida Mezcal), Aperol, muddled orange and mint.
The Polynesians: Hello Sailor
The newest concept from Joe and Katy Kindred includes a tiki bar overlooking Lake Norman and the theme bleeds into the menu. Grab a Cherry Lemon Sundrop Negroni Slushie to really complete the experience.
The U.K.: Zeppelin
South End’s first proper cocktail bar slings their version of the British class Gin and Tonic in the form of Giggle Water, made with gin, their own tonic, N.C. wildflower honey, lime and torched botanicals.