Cocktail Guide to the Roanoke Region
By Contributor John Park – Co-Founder, JPG Agency – Food Evangelist and Content Creator @hungryasianrke
No one has explored every nook and cranny of the Roanoke Region’s food and bev scene like John Park. Known as the HungryAsianRke on Instagram, his self-proclaimed “food evangelism” has earned him quite a following.
John relocated to Roanoke after growing up in Fairfax County. After a career in financial planning, he followed his passion to co-found the JPG Agency, a branding and visual storytelling firm.
Sipping Never Tasted So Good!
No matter what part of the Roanoke Region you’re in, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy handcrafted and thoughtfully prepared cocktails. Bartenders here embrace the art of mixology with passion and creativity. From hidden gems that transport you to another era to innovative venues that fuse design and libations, Roanoke’s cocktail scene promises delightful surprises at every turn. Interact with talented artisans, discover unique flavor profiles, and raise your glass to the vibrant spirit of this enchanting city. I hope you enjoy every sip as much as I do!
– Lucky –
First up on our cocktail odyssey is Lucky, a trailblazer that revolutionized Roanoke’s libation landscape. As the first to bring a serious craft cocktail game to the city, Lucky has become a beloved institution among locals and visitors alike. They are also known far and wide for the famous Lucky Cube, a perfectly flavored ice block crafted to slowly release flavor as the ice melts into your favorite bourbon.
– Bloom –
Located in the trendy Wasena neighborhood, Bloom offers fresh, seasonal libations in a bright and intimate setting. Their outdoor courtyard and patio are a popular destination on a beautiful Blue Ridge day. Their creative cocktail flavors and beautiful floral accents will have you coming back again and again.
– Anastasia’s Speakeasy –
This popular Rocky Mount destination is all about the experience. Sneak into the speakeasy-style bar through a 1920’s themed faux barbershop. Once you find the secret door, you’ll enter a world from a bygone era. The cocktails are experiential, unique, and oh so tasty.
– Stellina –
Have your eyes peeled! If you’re walking along Kirk Ave. you may pass right by the unmarked speakeasy. Look for the red light (HINT: It’s next door to Fortunato). It’s the perfect spot to escape the ordinary and indulge in a cocktail experience that will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to the bustling cocktail scenes of New York or DC.
– 1772 Rooftop on Main –
There’s no better way to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail than overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in historic downtown Fincastle. People travel out of the way to check out their unique prop plane bar, and refined cocktail selection.
– Liberty Trust –
The exquisitely remodeled bank turned boutique hotel and luxury bar and restaurant is a total vibe and they even offer live music most nights of the week. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic cocktail or prefer to explore their inventive creations, Liberty Trust Hotel with their one-of-a-kind Vault (yes, you can eat in a bank vault) provides the perfect backdrop to vibe out to some great tunes while indulging in your favorite libations.
– Frankie Rowland’s –
Frankie Rowland’s is a Roanoke Region staple providing grade-A steaks and top-notch cocktails six nights a week. Best news ever!! They recently opened a new location on Main St. in Salem so you can easily enjoy Frankie’s without going to downtown Roanoke.
– River and Rail –
This classy joint is located in the well-establish South Roanoke neighborhood close to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine campus and innovation corridor. Their classic cocktail selection is timeless, delicious, and never goes out of style.
– Stock –
For a truly unique setting, venture into Stock, where cocktails blend seamlessly with artistry and design. Set within the Txtur furniture store, Stock offers a one-of-a-kind experience where you can sip your libations amidst stunning contemporary pieces. Immerse yourself in the creative ambiance as you savor handcrafted cocktails that are as visually appealing as they are delicious.
– Lush Lounge –
This prohibition-era style lounge expands our minds to the realm of possibility when it comes to cocktails. We love Lush because they take risks, but it always pays off. Floyd is a fun day trip, or overnight, from anywhere in the Roanoke Region. If you head to Floyd then Lush is a must-see on your journey.
If you ever want to know the best place for pho, discover secret dining and happy hour meet-ups, or sip the perfect Aperol Spritz then connect with Roanoke Regional ambassador John Park!
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