Gone are the days of drinking in dark, cloistered spaces that proudly hide their signs. This year you can look forward to imbibing fresh, new cocktails sans secret handshakes. Below, four trends to know.
Drinks at Chicago's Billy Sunday (pictured above) feature kaffir-lime extract, and NYC's Mihoko's 21 Grams uses umeshu and flaming shiso.
Bye-bye, dark rooms; hello, welcoming cocktail bars like the Hawthorne in Boston, with a brightly lit penthouselike space and a well-marked entrance.
Blind Pig in Philadelphia sells 60 varieties, while Chicago's Small Bar Division stocks 19.
Bars like NYC's Booker and Dax give glasses a magical flair with chemically induced wisps of smoke.