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Now that we’ve explored how to best enjoy wine and beer in Alexandria, it’s time that we discover where to find the best cocktails. With all of the history and activity Old Town, finding a bar won’t be hard. What can prove difficult is finding a place that perfectly blends their liquors in the right atmosphere that makes you want to visit there over and over again. If you’re looking for a nice sipper on a summery afternoon with old friends or new, this list is for you!


Mason Social

Every restaurant has a menu. But when your restaurant has a separate menu for beer, wine, and signature cocktails, you know you’re in for a treat. A hefty amount of reviews for Mason Social give a nod to the infamous Mason Punch, made of vodka, house-made honey tarragon syrup, and grapefruit juice. With over 14 signature and classic cocktails to choose from, you won’t be disappointed.


Don Taco

Surprising, right? Don Taco pridefully pegs itself as, “Alexandria’s new standard for tacos and tequila,” and for good reason. Listed as the top cocktail bar in Alexandria on Yelp, you can sip the night away with excellent tequila and a unique late-night menu. Open for lunch, dinner, and a special brunch on the weekends, everything you thought you knew about tequila will change after enjoying one of these expertly crafted cocktails.



This intimate “social lounge” has all of the old world charm that you’d expect from a bar in Old Town. Extremely popular among locals, PX has the best handcrafted cocktails available. With bartending expert Todd Thrasher at the helm, PX even offers masterclass parties for groups who want to learn how to mix the perfect libations. Full disclosure: My wife and I like PX so much we got married here.


Captain Gregory’s

Looking for something else off the beaten path? Head to Captain Gregory’s. This cocktail lounge is actually hidden within another establishment, Sugar Shack Donuts.  Captain Gregory’s menu constantly changes to incorporate fresh ingredients daily. As an added bonus, almost everything is made in house. And yes, while this secret bar has its own menu, you can still order donuts from the Shack.


Magnolia’s on King

Magnolia’s on King has it all: craft beer, fine wine, spirits, a full menu, appetizers, and 12 specialty cocktails with southern influences. This is the most relaxed venue on the list, with a unique, southern-cuisine influenced menu and several event spaces for large or small groups. The drink list is huge but not overwhelming – perfect for those looking for the right drink at the right time.


If you’re headed out for night – or day – on the town, take a look at this list first.  With so many options to choose from, there is something for anyone who is looking for a great cocktail. Whether you’re in the mood for something light or something strong, Old Town has good options to satisfy you.