"Why wouldn't you want to drink in such opulence?" cried a friend of mine about Lemaire, the restaurant inside the city's historic, five-star Jefferson Hotel. If you want to feel fancy while you drink your Negroni, this is the place to go—thankfully, the quality of the drinks matches the atmosphere. Lemaire has a small selection of house cocktails like the River City Waltz, a mix of rye, green Chartreuse, amaro, and orange bitters, as well as a make-your-own Manhattan menu, where the bartender will suggest combinations from their menu of ryes and bourbons, seven different vermouths and amaros, and a variety of bitters. And don't miss the bronze alligators stationed throughout the hotel: they're a tribute to when real alligators, the abandoned pets of wealthy guests, roamed Palm Court.