Enter Christopher Thomas Jacobs, of Jeffrey’s in Austin, whose official title is captain (“like a super hands-on floor manager”), but who we sought out because he’s the Martini Guy. “We do a really classic martini,” he says.
2. Cane and Table New Orleans, LA On the lip of the Caribbean, New Orleans has been a rum-washed town since long before Pat O’Brien poured the first hurricane. Today it’s an airy bar and restaurant where bartenders chisel three-hundred-pound frozen blocks into four varieties of ice—shaved, rocks, long rocks, and spheres—that cool down Sunshine State–inspired cocktails such as the Florida Mule, with Tampa-made Cane vodka, and the Red Bandana, spiced with St. Augustine’s famous datil peppers. Try the spiced apple toddy with calvados, maple syrup, apple juice, apple bitters, and Chinese five spice bitters, or sip a classic sparkling wine cocktail. 5. Kimball House Decatur, GA Miles Macquarrie, formerly of Leon’s Full Service, is one of Atlanta’s most respected bartenders.