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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 cocktails. 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 amidst 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 Cocktail Waldorf


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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Volstead Bar Cocktail The Godfather

The Godfather

Glenfiddich, Almond Liqueur
Although not an airtight origin, many claim the drink was a favorite of popular American actor Marlin Brando, who played the cotton-mouthed character in Mario Puzo’s adaptation of The Godfather.

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Volstead Bar & Speakeasy - Sandusky Ohio

Bee’s Knees

Plymouth Gin, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup
Contrary to popular belief, Prohibition-era cocktails weren’t exactly glamorous, but rather grimy and tasteless. However, out of underground bartender’s quests to liven up less-than-savory bathtub gin, came a fantastic honey and citrus infused concoction coined as the “Bee’s Knees.”

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