It’s official — cozy season is here. And that doesn’t just mean crackling fires and warm sweaters. Order one of these winter cocktails at bars and restaurants around The Bend to fortify yourself against the cold.
NOTE: Bars and restaurants remain open for in-person service in Indiana with coronavirus guidelines in place. Please contact establishments directly with questions about hours, services and for more specific information.
If you’re visiting Café Navarre in downtown South Bend during winter, look for Sleigh My Name. It’s a large format cocktail meant for two served in a French press, highlighted by Earl Grey tea, rye, ginger and hints of blueberry and lemon.
The Exchange Whiskey Bar
Head to The Exchange Whiskey Bar for an atmosphere straight out of “Mad Men.” After you find a warm nook and settle in, order They Took Everything. This bourbon-based cocktail includes a splash of rye, house-made spiced apple shrub and Italian Amaro bitters.
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Buzzworthy new downtown South Bend restaurant Fatbird invites you in this winter to try Channel 199, a cheeky reference to the local yule log TV channel. This combination of Redemption rye whiskey, Journeyman OCG Cider liqueur and St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (among other ingredients) is served warm.
The Hammer & Quill
The Hammer & Quill is a popular spot to warm up near Howard Park. Drop in this winter for The ‘Ol Doomsday Daiquiri, a literary-inspired spin on the summer classic. Its combination of Bacoo 8-year Dominican rum, Copper & Kings Intense Café Liqueur and a syrup that includes blackberries and cinnamon is sure to warm the soul.
The Hideaway at the LaSalle
Warm vibes ooze from the rich history at The Hideaway at the LaSalle, located inside a historic downtown South Bend building. Take the atmosphere to another level by ordering The Campfire Sling, a mixture of Jim Beam rye, maple syrup, chocolate bitters and a burnt orange twist.
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NOTE: Rohr’s is currently closed for in-person dining. It reopens Monday, Jan. 11.
Notre Dame’s signature on-campus restaurant, nestled inside the Morris Inn not far from the Golden Dome, wraps guests in warmth and comfort. The Dexter is one of its signature cocktails. It’s based on Woodford Reserve bourbon and includes a marasca cherry. Both are sure to warm you up.