For a town that’s as serious about bars as it is horse racing, it’s no wonder that Saratoga Springs has more places to grab a drink than your average small city. Navigating the scene here can be intimidating, but don’t worry, we’ve done our research.
When it comes to finding great cocktails in town (and we’re not talking vodka sodas), let us save you some time. Here’s your guide to the best cocktail bars in Saratoga.
Hamlet & Ghost
Hamlet & Ghost is Saratoga’s most distinguished craft cocktail bar, melding the modern cocktail experience with a speakeasy coolness. Their meticulously developed cocktail list is seasonally rotating and variety is guaranteed, as each bartender contributes at least one new drink to each menu. They even regulate the number of people allowed in, so you can enjoy your meticulously prepared beverage comfortably, giving you plenty of room to maneuver the perfect angle for capturing these Instagram worthy creations.
Morrissey’s Bar and Lounge is located in the recently reopened and renovated Adelphi Hotel. The bar is open to the public as well as guests, every day of the week including holidays. Their cocktails are consistent and delicious, and the wine list should not be overlooked. As expected, Morrissey’s is a hit during the summer track season, so expect a busy atmosphere as the hour gets later. We’re big fans of the Sting Like a Bee, a delicious concoction of bourbon, Lillet Blanc, muddled orange, honey and black tea simple syrup.
Definitely a hidden gem, the Brentwood is not your typical bar. Located inside a recently renovated motel, directly across the street from the Saratoga Race Course backstretch, it’s sure to give you all the feels. Think Brooklyn meets upstate New York horse town. And the cocktail menu is on point! Definitely one of our favorite spots when we just want to relax and enjoy a delicious adult beverage.
We should also point out that you can enjoy these tasty concoctions any time between 8am and 11pm, just in case you’re looking to get started early.
This farm-to-table restaurant is all about fresh ingredients and the cocktail menu is no exception, with some interesting twists on many of our favorite classics. Check out the Mouzon-Rita, a mix of tequila, beet, jalapeno infused agave, fresh lemon and lime juice, served over ice.
In addition to plating up delicious Creole inspired fare and refreshing cocktails, the garden bar at Mouzon House is one of our most beloved spots in town come Summertime, with live music 7 nights per week.
1 York St, Saratoga Springs, NY
Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the 15 Church patio is undeniably one of the hottest spots in Saratoga. The cocktail list, featuring drinks such as the Champagne Mojito (uh, yes please), Bourbon Peach T, and classics like the Aviation is perfectly curated for those warm summer nights. The vibe here is meant to be relaxed in the classiest way, dubbing it the quintessential after-work meet-up for a cocktail, or an excellent pre-dinner drink stop.
15 Church St, Saratoga Springs, NY
9 Maple Avenue has established itself as a Saratoga staple. Let’s be clear, though, this is not the bar for long conversations nor is there any room for hipster vibes. At this dim lit to nearly dark venue, the crowd flocks to the bar for the impeccable whiskey selection (the largest selection of single malt scotches between Manhattan and Montreal) and a mouthwatering list (over 250 selections available) of martinis. Not to be overlooked is the ever-present sounds of jazz music, including live jazz every Friday and Saturday from 9PM-1AM. Live jazz nights require a $2 cover, and all patrons must be 22 and up.
9 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY
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