With so much to do and see in Saratoga Springs, your visit is sure to be jam-packed with art, shopping, culture—and horse racing, of course. Our boutique Saratoga Springs hotel, The Downtowner, is a great home base, as it's located in the heart of the city on Broadway. Whether you've just arrived from traveling or spent the day exploring town, there are several great cocktail bars located right near our hotel. Here are our recommendations for the best cocktail bars in Saratoga Springs where you can start or end your night with a great drink.
This Saratoga Springs cocktail bar plays up the city's bootlegging history with a speakeasy vibe. The menu features classics like Sazerac, Manhattan, and Pimm's Cup, but also some lesser-known drinks like Remember the Maine with rye whiskey and Cherry Heering and the Scotch-based Penicillin. The dinner menu has a large selection of small plates like cheese boards and oysters if you need a snack to tide you over.
Just across the street from The Downtowner, this Mexican restaurant is known for its wide variety of margaritas. All the classics are here, from fruit-flavored to Cadillac, plus a number of original cocktails. Smoke lovers should try the Rail Yard, with mezcal, muddled jalapeño, orange, lime, agave, and black pepper. With exposed brick and pressed tin ceilings, you'll love the atmosphere at Cantina as well as the drinks.
As the name suggests, this Saratoga Springs cocktail bar caters to whiskey lovers, with over 150 bourbons. Of course, there's the much sought-after Pappy Van Winkle, but newbies can find something approachable on the cocktail menu. From Old Fashioneds and Juleps to the Southern Belle, made with peach bourbon and topped with sweet tea, there's a bourbon drink for everyone at one of the best cocktail bars in Saratoga Springs.