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Artfully Crafting Classic Cocktails

Locally owned and operated, Volstead Bar takes patrons back to the fascinating days of the speakeasy by artfully crafting classic cocktils. Housed in what was the old Dorn Winery and later the Green Door brothel, the Green Door Building is shrouded in Sandusky lore and has seen an array of tenants throughout the years.

Combining these intriguing historical remnants with the speakeasy practices of the aforementioned years, Volstead Bar harkens back to the days of Old Sandusky amidt the New Sandusky renaissance.


Volstead Classic Cocktails

Here are a few choice selections of some of our signature drinks
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Volstead Bar Vesper Martini


Gordon’s Gin, Tito’s Vodka, Lillet Blanc
Created by Ian Fleming’s timeless character James Bond, this cocktail first appeared in the book Casino Royale and later appears in the 2006 movie. Vesper Lynd, 007’s love interest, cheekily inquires about the moniker “because of the bitter aftertaste?” To which James replies “because once you’ve tasted it, you won’t drink anything else.”

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Old Fashioned

Rye Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, Sugar Cube
While documented as far back as 1806, the title of this original concoction was first printed in the Chicago Daily Tribune in 1880. Although this muddled libation fell out of favor after the 1960’s, Don Draper from AMC’s Mad Men must be considered partially responsible for it’s resurgence.

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Ward 8

Rye Whiskey, Orange Juice, Lemon Juice, Grenadine
Ironically, this classic cocktail was accidentally coined in 1898 by Boston native and stout Prohibitionist, Martin Lomasney. After voting region Ward 8 captured him a seat in the Massachusetts state legislature, the soon-to-be-named drink was served during his celebration dinner. Sorry Martin.

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Volstead Bar Mint Julep Cocktail

Mint Julep

Old Forester Bourbon, Mint, Simple Syrup
Although a first print appearance in 1803 placed the mixture in the hands of early rising Virginians, others claim an Arabic origin in the Mediterranean made with rose petals and water called a “Julap.” While this cocktail synonymous with the Kentucky Derby may have an uncertain origin, there’s no mistaking the look of a classic Mint Julep – silver cup and a budding mint sprig

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