Hot summer sunshine and frosty adult beverages go together like Blue Ridge cabins and hot tubs – they go better together as a pair! Nothing says “summer vacation” quite like sipping a quality cocktail with a shot of fresh mountain air. So, when you’re craving a delicious drink after a long day of exploration, keep these popular watering holes in mind.
After a long day on Lake Blue Ridge, head back to land and pull up a seat at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill, located at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina. This “sunny spot for shady people” features a full menu of delicious eats and of course, tasty drinks. For the best seat in the house, make sure you grab a seat at the tiki-style bar. Here, you will have awesome views of the lake while you sip your drink, listen to live music, and enjoy the lively bar ambiance.
The Dogwood is the newest restaurant on this list, and already has a reputation for unique, specialty drinks. Located within a short walking distance of The Black Sheep restaurant, The Dogwood offers a casual vibe with plenty of outdoor seating. Specialty craft cocktails are the most popular menu items, but there is also a wonderful wine list and a “beer garage” with over 70 options. You can even create your own six-pack!
Owned and operated by the same folks who opened The Dogwood, The Black Sheep is a Blue Ridge staple that has grown in popularity as the go-to place for craft cocktails and an upscale atmosphere. Take it easy under the grand 200-year-old oak tree while sipping a bourbon or join the crowd at the largest outdoor bar and patio in Blue Ridge. With a huge list of cocktails to choose from, you’re sure to find classics like a Manhattan as well as Black Sheep originals like the Trouble in Blue Ridge.
If you’re on the hunt for a laid-back bar vibe with a swirl of Irish goodness, The Boro Inn might be your new favorite place to eat and drink. Home to a stunning variety of Irish ales, stouts, ciders, and lagers, you won’ have any trouble finding a cold drink here. Once you try the super fresh Guinness straight from the tap, you’ll be thanking your lucky charms that you decided to swing by this bar. Don’t forget to spend some time looking around the property, which has loads of old Irish knick-knacks and pictures from the owner’s life in Ireland.
Mona Lisa’s is another new addition to the restaurant scene in Downtown Blue Ridge. This elegant dessert house is home to some of the best sweets and drinks in Fannin County, featuring scratch-made martinis, wines, and other adult indulgences. Can’t decide between dessert and a cocktail? Get the best of both worlds with Mona Lisa’s dessert martinis, like their decadent Martini Mona. It’s to die for!
The Perfect Nightcap
When you’ve had your fill of food and libations, nothing feels better than returning to your Blue Ridge cabin rental for a full night’s sleep. With dozens of vacation homes to choose on the water, in the forest, and everywhere in between, you’re sure to find your home base of fun at GMCR!