6. Cardinal Spirits – Bloomington, Indiana
State law prohibits the bar at the Cardinal Spirits distillery from serving beer, or anything else not made on premises—which sounds like a death sentence for a business in a quintessential college town like Bloomington. But a loyal crowd of coeds, profs, and townies fill the bar’s sprawling deck for the simple cocktails using house spirits that average $8 a pop. Also, the bartenders are wildly creative—they hosted a “Tiki Tuesday” night for months before they had access to rum. Now Cardinal makes two.
ORDER: Anything that features Cardinal’s Lake House Spiced Rum, like the juicy, spicy Point Break.
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