Most fishbowls feature blue gravel, a stem of fake seaweed, and a sad looking goldfish. Maybe a fake treasure chest, if the fish is lucky. Not these! Bartenders (and a lone pastry chef) are turning the glass globes into receptacles for colorful drinks and a tropical dessert. Get ready to dive into swimmingly stellar sippers (and one sweet!) at these restaurants for fishbowl cocktails. Not near any of these spots? We can help you find the right restaurant for you on OpenTable.com.
SafeHouse, Chicago, Illinois
Your mission, should you and a friend choose to accept it, involves one of these Mission: Impossible-inspired fishbowl cocktails. There’s the Recon Rendezvous (Malibu Rum, Bailey’s, and Triple Sec), Bang & Burn (J. Roget Champagne, orange juice, strawberry puree), Honey Trap (raspberry vodka, Triple Sec, cabernet, Sierra Mist), and Friendly Agent (rum, cognac, almond syrup, lemon and orange juice). Don’t worry; none of them will self-destruct in five seconds. Make a reservation at SafeHouse.
Habitat, Miami Beach, Florida
The Kindling cocktail was designed to mimic 1 Hotel’s signature brand scent. To achieve this, there’s a mixture of rye whiskey, scotch, Candela Mamajuana spiced rum, Barolo Chinato, Braulio amaro, Aperol, and salt in the tumbler. The svelte sipper arrives in a fishbowl filled with succulents along with a haze of cedar and eucalyptus smoke. Make a reservation at Habitat.
Sampan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A trio of Scorpion bowls await. Tequila is mixed with white wine, green tea, and citrus; vodka comes pepped with ginger and lime; whiskey goes autumnal with apple cider, caramel, and lemon. No matter which one you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Make a reservation at Sampan.
DNV Rooftop Lounge, Washington, D.C.
Taking its name from the Wes Anderson’s Cousteau-esque film, the epic cocktail The Life Aquatic features Avuá Cachaça, blueberry shrub, lemon juice, and mint tea. A school of Swedish fish swims through its bright blue depths. Steve Zissou would surely approve. Make a reservation at DNV Rooftop Lounge.
Botanist, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Deep Cove comes in a bespoke glass fishbowl melted onto a piece of gnarled driftwood. Blue algae adds an electric turquoise tint to the gin-forward mixture accented with sea buckthorn. As a finishing touch, slender strips of cucumber snake through its depths like ribbons of kelp. Make a reservation at Botanist.
Sugar Factory, Orlando, Florida
The Ocean Blue Goblet bubbles and froths when it arrives at the table. Don’t let the haze distract you from the sharks swimming in its cerulean depths. The Jaws-ian concoction is powered by a hefty slug of Hpnotiq. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Jack Astor’s, Toronto, Canada
If you limit yourself to just a single cocktail at lunch, make it one of these massive fishbowls. Choose between the Bloody Mary-style Caesar or the Long Island Iced Tea. Either way, you’re going to want to email your boss and tell them you’re going to need to take the rest of the afternoon off. Make a reservation at Jack Astor’s.
All Set, Silver Spring, Maryland
Bring a friend or three to tackle one of these 1½ quart fishbowl cocktails. The Painkiller features lemon, pineapple juice, coconut syrup, orange juice, and Pusser’s rum, plus a dusting of cinnamon, mint sprigs, and Swedish Fish. Meanwhile, the Pimm’s Punch has lemon juice, lavender syrup, ginger syrup, cucumber juice, Pimm’s, basil-infused gin, and ginger beer, as well as sliced lemon, cucumbers, and strawberries as garnishes. Make a reservation at All Set.
Brother Jimmy’s, New York, New York
Do not attempt this cocktail on your own. Bring a few friends if you want to take down the Swamp Water. A 64-ounce fishbowl is filled with a potent mix of vodka, pineapple juice, melon, and sour mix. Make a reservation at Brother Jimmy’s.
El Cielo, Miami, Florida
A fishbowl cradles what looks like a cloud of sea foam. Dip beneath the surface to discover a dessert forged from coconut crumble, toasted coconut marshmallow, pineapple jelly, and coconut ice cream. It’s an alluring taste of the tropics. Make a reservation at El Cielo.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Neil Santos (Sampan).