Best Of 2019

In December, former Metropole chef Jared Bennett and former Maribelle’s eat + drink chef/owner Mike Florea teamed up with MadTree Brewing co-founder Jeff Hunt to open Karrikin Spirits Co., a distillery and restaurant located in an industrial park in Fairfax, near the Frisch’s Mainliner. On-premises, they distill several spirits, including vodka, gin and apricot brandy. You can get those spirits in a flight, in a craft cocktail — like the Thank You, Next or the Lassi Come Home — or mixed with their housemade sodas. They make cola, key lime, tonic and a grapefruit soft soda (aka sans alcohol) and something known as “hard pop,” a spirited drink with one of their sodas or shrubs mixed with one of their distilled alcohols. Besides the liquor, Karrikin boasts a full and shareable food menu with a focus on Bennett’s specialty — wood-fired bites — like ember-roasted potatoes, charred beets and baked Urban Stead cheese curds. Karrikin Spirits Co., 3717 Jonlen Drive, Fairfax, karrikinspirits.com.

Music & Nightlife


2. The Blind Lemon

3. The Overlook Lodge

2. Sundry and Vice

3. MOTR Pub

2. Dutch’s

3. Oakley Pub and Grill

2. Fox & Hound

3. Back Porch Saloon

2. Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar

3. Bobby Mackey’s

2. The Crow’s Nest

3. Knotty Pine Rock Club & Tiki Bar

2. MOTR Pub

3. The Southgate House Revival

2. The Southgate House Revival

3. Madison Theater

2. Sundry and Vice

3. Queen City Exchange