7 drinks you can get around Bham to get your bourbon buzz

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Better believe we have the best bourbon in town for you. Photo via Miranda Shaffer for Bham Now

June 14 is National Bourbon Day, and if you need ideas on how to indulge in one of your favorite spirits, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best bourbon drinks in Birmingham to try today.

1. The Sex Panther at The Atomic Lounge

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Bourbon all day every day at Atomic. Photo of the Sex Panther via The Atomic Lounge

Bring on the bourbon with the Legendary Sex Panther at The Atomic Lounge. Their signature cocktail goes heavy on the bourbon with a smokey, yet sweet hint of oranges.

They say this drink may or may not be made with bits of real panther, but even if you’re not drinking the animal, you can wear it with the temporary tattoo you get when you order it.

Location: 2113 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 4-11PM I Thursday 4-12PM I Friday-Saturday 4PM-2AM

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2. Kentucky Coffee at Neon Moon

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Try one of our fave frozen bourbon drinks in Birmingham. Photo via Miranda Shaffer for Bham Now

Escape the humid Birmingham summer with a frozen Kentucky Coffee at Neon Moon. Bourbon, coffee and vanilla come together for the perfect sweet, boozy treat in this cocktail.

Get a caffeine boost and buzz in one from this drink to keep you going all night long on National Bourbon Day. Find more frozen drinks here.

Location: 2316 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 4PM-2AM
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3. Thank You For Smoking at Paper Doll

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This drink from Paper Doll is smoking good. Photo via Paper Doll

“Thank you for smoking” is not something you usually hear but try this bourbon cocktail, and you’ll agree with the name. Maple Syrup and bacon flavors pair perfectly with bourbon in a smoked glass to create this sweet smoky cocktail.

Location: 2320 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4-11PM I Friday-Saturday 4PM-1AM
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4. Customizable cocktail at The Collins

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The Collins Bar is the place for custom bourbon drinks in Birmingham. Photo via The Collins

At The Collins you won’t find a standard cocktail menu. Each drink is made based off of your flavor preferences, so tell your server you want your base to be bourbon.

Then, it’s up to you to decide if you’re feeling sweet, floral, spicy or so on. The Collins will take notes to make you the drink of your dreams.

Location: 2125 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 4PM-12AM I Friday-Saturday 4PM-2AM
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5. Shady Character at Pilcrow Cellar

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Head over to Pilcrow Cocktail Bar for some boozy beverages. Photo via Miranda Shaffer for Bham Now

If you like a little touch of sweet and heat with your bourbon, the Shady Character at Pilcrow Cocktail Cellar is for you. Ancho Reyes liqueur brings the spice to this drink with a subtle cherry flavor to create a sweet finish.

Location: 2015 1st Ave N #1e, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4PM-12AM I Friday-Saturday 4PM-2AM
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6. One Pit Wonder at Queen’s Park

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Try one of the best bourbon drinks in Birmingham. Photo via Caroline Barr for Bham Now

The One Pit Wonder is a staple house drink of Queens Park, and you can’t go wrong with this simple yet strong cocktail. Bitter with hints of cherry coke, this drink elevates the iconic bold bourbon flavor.

Location: 112 24th St N #102, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 4PM-12AM I Friday-Saturday 4PM-2AM I Sunday 4PM-12AM
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7. Dread River Distillery Bourbon

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Try a tasting at Dread River Distilling Company. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now.

Head over to Dread River Distillery to enjoy their limited release 100 proof bourbon. Check out their website to get on the presale list and reserve a bottle of their Rum finished Bourbon to enjoy at home.

Location: 2400 7th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 3-10PM I Saturday 11AM-12AM
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