5 to Try: Classic Cocktails

Forget the low-carb beer and go retro instead. From a classic martini to a timeless Manhattan, find the best 1950s-era cocktails in Charlotte.

Updated: March 19, 2004

5 to Try

Cosmos Cafe

300 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

The trendy uptown hot spot is the perfect place for sipping an Absolutely Dirty Martini--made with Absolut Vodka, olive juice and olives.

Sunset Club

1820 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

Chic Charlotteans count on this tony treasure's classic Rob Roy--a subtle mix of scotch, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters.

Cutter's Cigar Bar

100 West Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Old-fashioneds, vintage but never weak, are all the rage at this elegant lounge in the Marriott City Center.

Bar 10

601 South College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

The Westin's swanky lounge boasts one of uptown Charlotte's best views--and a marvelous martini, aptly named the Perfect 10.