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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 & Speakeasy Volstead Bloody Mary

Volstead Bloody

Bartender’s Creation
Unclear in origin, the Bloody Mary is often referred to as the “world’s most complex cocktail” and most likely refers to Queen Mary I of England.

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Absinthe rinse, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura Bitters
Johnnie Solon, a bartender at the famed Waldorf Astoria in New York City around 1900, created this drink after being challenged by an inebriated customer. At first delivery, the drink was originally called a “Bronx.”

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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 & Speakeasy Dressler


Prosecco, Elderflower Liqueur, Lime Juice
An elegant cocktail with a touch of Elderflower liqueur and fresh lime juice. This was a popular drink at the now defunct Dressler restaurant in Brooklyn, NY.  The Dressler closed shortly after the owner was reported missing and his body was later found in what investigators believe was a suicide. Although, not all the details of his disappearance and death are clear, his coveted cocktail lives on.

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