Known for Notre Dame-themed bars and local spots to grab a beer, The Bend is also home to a burgeoning cocktail scene. Grab a seat and sip on something boozy at these bars and restaurants.
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The Exchange Whiskey Bar
The Exchange has been setting the bar (see what we did there?) for cocktail spots since its 2013 opening. Home to more than 300 premium whiskeys, connoisseurs consider the Mad Men-style bar a destination. Order a classic Old Fashioned. You can’t go wrong.
Located inside Four Winds Casino South Bend, this restaurant and bar is a gem on South Bend’s south side. If you’re visiting during summer, order a Kankakee Sour (it utilizes regional whiskey) and wander out to the patio to unwind al fresco.
LaSalle Kitchen & Tavern
LKT has a little bit of everything (including one of the best craft beer menus in South Bend), including a boozy cocktail menu. The signature drinks change by the season. Whiskey cocktails include the Forgetful Elephant, which features a house cinnamon-infused whiskey.
Margaritas are the signature at this Latin-themed restaurant near Notre Dame, but don’t sleep on the specialty cocktails. The Soledad Fire (pictured below) is a mix of Del Maguey Vida mezcal, jalapeño, pineapple, ginger, lime and coconut.
Rohr’s at The Morris Inn
Pull up a stool at the bar at this Notre Dame campus gathering spot. Rohr’s is a great place to unwind with a drink in hand. If you’re lucky, Murf will be behind the bar. Have the legend himself break out the Canadian Club for a signature Father Hesburgh Manhattan.
Another downtown South Bend option, Spirited offers a casual atmosphere while keeping its focus on cocktails featuring gin, rum and agave spirits. A cocktail called It Tastes Purple? is by far the most popular and is totally Instagrammable.
The Hammer and Quill
Head to South Bend’s East Bank neighborhood (just east of downtown) for a cocktail spot that leans heavy into its history. The menu is ever-changing, but the Willow Switch is one of our favorites. It combines Tito’s vodka, lemon, Patron Citronge, sake and guava-mango nectar.
The Hideaway at The LaSalle
There are speakeasies and then there are speakeasies. Tucked into The LaSalle apartment building in downtown South Bend, The Hideaway is the latter with a historic and intimate feel. Order a Bee’s Knees to really embraces the 1920s vibe.
Jesús Latin Grill & Tequila Bar
This locally owned, Latin-inspired gathering spot in downtown Mishawaka has one of the most unique menus (for food and drink!) in the area. The Blood sounds risqué but is a safe cocktail choice. Looking for something even more unique? Sip the Orange Coconut Creamsicle margarita.