Best Cocktail Not from the Velvet Tango Room

The Crooner at 806 Martini & Wine Bar

The Manhattan was the classic cocktail of choice of the Rat Pack and of happy-hour bound salesmen in the '50s, and for good reason — a well-crafted one is lush, complex and flavorful, and a so-so one is still a large whiskey drink, after all. It's also a simple enough recipe to allow your bartender to show off with an individual take, and at 806, that's called the Crooner. The whiskey is Maker's Mark, the generously sized cocktail glass is sugar-rimmed, and the whole package is a sensory treat. Its $14 price tag would have sent Sinatra into a profane rage, but do you really need your old-man drink to be strictly traditional every time? (806 Literary Rd., 216.862.2912) — Kretsch

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