Leon’s Full Service bar manager Adam Rowe mixes up some delectable drinks for Valentine’s Day at the Decatur restaurant. (Photos by Isadora Pennington)

While there’s plenty of debate on whether Valentine’s Day has any merit as holiday or if it’s a longstanding marketing ploy to sell cards and candy, it’s still a time of year when many of us take the opportunity to go on a fancy date night and profess our love to our significant others.

So this year as you make your plans, order your flowers, and try to find the perfect, poetic card that speaks to your specific relationship, perhaps consider choosing a restaurant that offers delectable cocktails that will please both you and your partner. My husband and I, for example, have very different tastes in cocktails. I prefer something fruity, tart, and light, while he usually sticks with smokier, richer, chocolate-y flavors. When we choose a spot for a night out on the town, it’s important to consider robust menus that will cater to both of our tastes without sacrificing the quality of either.

For this month’s feature, I’ve profiled four of my favorite local venues that offer a variety of tasty adult beverages that are sure to please even the pickiest of cocktail drinkers.

Leon’s Full Service
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur
leonsfullservice.com or (404) 687-0500
Amaro Daiquiri:
Amaro di Angostura, blood orange, finger lime, cane syrup, bitters – $12
The Fourth One: mezcal, cognac, amaro, p.x. Sherry, spiced pomegranate, spearmint, bitters – $12

Ticonderoga Club
99 Krog St., Krog Street Market
ticonderogaclub.com or (404) 458-4534
Ticonderoga Cup:
Plantation Grand Reserve Rum, cognac, sherry, pineapple, lemon, mint served in copper mug – $10
Hinterland Hare: Dickel Rye Whiskey, lemon, tawny port, sorghum, cherry – $11

The Pinewood
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur
pinewoodtr.com or (404) 373-5507
Goonies Never Say Die!
 Bourbon, velvet falernum, ginger, lime, grains of paradise – $11
Grounds for Divorce: gin, blood orange, lime, ginger, amaro – $11

924 Garrett St.
gunshowatl.com or (404) 380-1886
Winter Pimm’s Punch:
Pimm’s, sherry, tequila, winter fruit, balsamic, ginger beer, basil – $7
Tiger Lady: Charcoal rye, Chinese black bean vermouth, ginger, chicory, copper cherry – $13

Isadora Pennington

Isadora Pennington is a freelance writer and photographer based in Atlanta. She is the editor of Sketchbook by Rough Draft, a weekly Arts newsletter.