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.