Cotton & Rye, Savannah
A favorite watering hole for locals, Cotton & Rye is located outside the Historic District in the Starland Arts neighborhood. Proprietors Kimberly and Brandon Whitestone pride themselves on knowing the latest trends and coolest cocktails. Bet you can’t stump them! And, if you get hungry, the food is pretty fantastic, too.
American Prohibition Museum, Savannah
America’s Prohibition Era has a certain allure that attracts young and old. At the American Prohibition Museum in Savannah, step back in time for an interactive adventure the chronicles life during the “noble experiment.” Afterward, kick back at the museum’s authentic speakeasy, 220 Congress Street Up, offering Prohibition-era cocktails (and mocktails for the kiddos). Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the bar is open to the public with more modern favorites available. Be sure to sample the bathtub gin drink that is served in a little porcelain bathtub.
Grandaddy Mimm's Moonshine Distillery and Gift Shop, Blairsville
Granddaddy Mimm was an infamous bootlegger in North Georgia from the 1930s until his death in 1969. With Mimm’s passing, the production of his famous apple brandy, peach brandy and corn whiskey stopped — until recently. His grandson, Tommy Townsend, resurrected the old recipe and started Granddady Mimm’s Moonshine Distillery. Take one of the distillery tours, or just opt for the tastings. And, be sure to check the website for concert series dates. In addition to his interest in Grandaddy Mimm’s, Townsend is also the lead singer for Waymore’s Outlaws, a reunion of former members of Waylon Jennings recording and touring bands. Take in a concert and make a weekend of it.
ASW Distillery, Atlanta
After two years in business, ASW Distillery competed for the first time in the prestigious 2018 San Francisco World Spirits competition and received five medals, including the coveted Double Gold for the Duality Double Malt Whiskey. You can sample the goods during a distillery tour of ASW’s pioneering Scottish + Appalachian distillation method. Tours are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Fainting Goat Vineyards and Winery, Jasper
For a casual afternoon soaking up the spectacular mountain vistas, visit Fainting Goat Vineyards. Play a few lawn games or just sit by the fireplace and listen to live music on the weekends while sipping award-winning wines (they have coffee tastings, too). And, yes, there are goats at this Jasper winery.
Liam's Restaurant, Lounge, and Cheese Shoppe, Thomasville
Liam's is a fun, locally owned restaurant in the historic downtown area of Thomasville. Cocktail hour here includes made-from-scratch cocktails using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. May we suggest the Rose City Special, named after Thomasville, which is often called the Rose City.