14. The Guest Room – Starkville, Mississippi
If you look down the unnamed alley in Starkville that leads to the back of the police station and you see a light on in the building before it, that’s how you know the Guest Room is open for business. Ty Thames and Brian Kelley, college roommates and now small-town restaurateurs, opened this snug bar underneath their already successful Restaurant Tyler. It took four months of working pickaxes and wheelbarrows to dig out the basement so a man could stand up in it. But now, thanks to some sophisticated design work, it’s one of the coziest bars around, serving southern comfort food and inventive cocktails such as a peach-infused rum drink with blackberry shrub.
ORDER: The Cruel Eugene, made with bourbon, maple syrup, and ancho chilies
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