According to an editor’s note, the 20 chosen bars are “a throwback to a time when whiskey and Champagne were sipped by elegant folks in sleek social rooms,” minus the pretension. Basico at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club won praise for its summery, un-stuffy ambiance and spicy grapefruit margarita.
Basico was grouped with Nashville’s ultra-trendy Pinewood Social, the carnivalesque eating-and-drinking warehouse from The Catbird Seat team, in the “social club” category.
To celebrate the list’s release, the magazine is sponsoring a “South-wide Happy Hour” next Friday. Basico is offering two-for-one grapefruit margaritas and cocojitos; The Gin Joint is selling a $10 snack-and-cocktail package and The Griffon’s serving up five-buck boilermakers.
The complete list of winners is here.