What To Order As A Guy at a Cocktail Bar?

Want to know exactly what to order as a guy at a cocktail bar? We have curated the ultimate manly list of cocktails for your next boys night out or swanky gent’s get-together.

Ever been at a cocktail bar, scanning the menu, feeling a bit confused? Sure, asking the bartender is an option, but wouldn’t it be cool to walk up to that bar already knowing what you want?

That’s what this blog aims to help. We’re not trying to make you a cocktail expert overnight. It’s about being confident when picking a drink. 
In this post, we’ve curated a list of 13 Man Approved Cocktails every guy must know.

The 13 Best Manly Cocktails to Order at a Bar

1. Old Fashioned

Flavour Profile: Rich, robust, and slightly sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces whiskey (Bourbon or Rye)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • A twist of orange or lemon zest (Optional)
  • Cherry for garnishing

Occasion: After a long day, during a casual get-together, or for a boys night out.

Mood: Unwinding.

Food Pairing: Savoury dishes, meals with smoky or spicy elements, or desserts with caramel or chocolate notes. Enjoy a cigar? Old Fashioned are also known for pairing well with a fine cigar.

Tip: When ordering, specify your preferred whiskey (Bourbon for a sweeter profile, Rye for a spicier kick).

2. Manhattan

Flavour Profile: Smooth and balanced with herbal undertones.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces Rye or Canadian whiskey
  • 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Brandied cherry or lemon twist for garnishing

Occasion: For a classy night out or a sophisticated evening. 

Mood: Feeling sophisticated.

Food Pairing: Savoury dishes. 

Tips: 

  1. Specify your preferred whiskey when ordering. 
  2. Ask for the level of sweetness in your Manhattan. Some guys prefer it drier with less vermouth. 
💡Knowledge to Flaunt: Manhattan and Old Fashioned share similar ingredients, yet different tastes. It’s because of their sweetening agents. 
Sugar or syrup in Old Fashioned makes the drink slightly sweeter. Manhattan has herbal undertones due to vermouth and wine-like flavour. It’s smoother and more balanced. 

3. Margarita

Flavour Profile: Tangy and slightly sweet with a salty edge.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces tequila (silver or blanco)
  • 1 ounce lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Half-ounce orange liqueur (triple sec or Cointreau)
  • Half-ounce agave syrup (to adjust sweetness)
  • Lime wheel or kosher salt for garnishing

Occasion: Ideal for beach days, poolside lounging, backyard barbecues, or even a lively night out with the hombres. It’s a go-to choice for warm weather.

Mood: Celebrating.

Food Pairing: Mexican cuisine and dishes with bold, spicy flavours.

Tip: Experiment with different tequila types.

4. Martini

Flavour Profile: Tastes the base (vodka or gin); has herbal undertones.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash of orange bitters
  • Twist of lemon or olive for garnishing

Occasion: Perfect for an evening in a swanky bar with friends or business gathering.

Mood: Feeling elegant.

Food Pairing: With delicate flavours and appetisers. Its clean and crisp profile serves as a palate cleanser.

Tips: 

  1. Specify whether you’d like it shaken or stirred.
    1. Shaken Martini has a frothy texture and slightly altered flavour. It’s colder, diluted and slightly cloudy. 
    2. Stirred Martini has a smooth texture. It’s clear, less diluted, and preserves original flavours.
  2. Experiment with different garnishes — a lemon twist makes the drink citrusy, whereas olive provides a savoury touch.

5. Negroni

Flavour Profile: Bitter, complex, and slightly sweet.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 ounce of gin
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 ounce of sweet vermouth
  • Orange peel for garnishing

Occasion: Perfect pre-dinner drink with the gents. It’s also a great choice for leisurely afternoons or evenings.

Mood: Feeling adventurous.

Food Pairing: Savoury and salty flavours. Its bitterness makes it an ideal apéritif.

Tips: 

  1. Specify your preferred level of bitterness. 
  2. Customise the flavour by experimenting with different types of gin and vermouth.

6. Long Island Iced Tea

Flavour Profile: Strong, sweet, and citrusy.

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce white rum
  • 3/4 ounce silver tequila
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Cola, to top
  • Lemon wedge for garnishing

Occasion: Lively parties or gatherings with the guys or summer barbecues.

Mood: In a social mood

Food Pairing: Hearty and savoury dishes.

Tip: Pace yourself, as it has a high alcohol content. It’s one of the strongest cocktails on a bar menu.

💡Knowledge to Flaunt: Why is Long Island Iced Tea named this way even where there’s no tea? Because it’s visually similar to a traditional iced tea. The name makes the drink seem more approachable.

7. Tom Collins

Flavour Profile: Light, fizzy, and citrusy with a hint of sweetness.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Half an ounce of simple syrup
  • Club soda, to top
  • Lemon wheel and Maraschino cherry for garnishing

Occasion: Daytime drinking or as a prelude to dinner.

Mood: Need refreshment.

Food Pairing: Light and refreshing dishes. 

Tip: Specify your preferred level of sweetness.

8. Espresso Martini

Flavour Profile: Bold and slightly sweet with a smooth coffee kick.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Half an ounce of coffee liqueur (usually Kahlúa)
  • 1 ounce freshly brewed espresso
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Coffee beans for garnishing

Occasion: An evening in a trendy cocktail bar, date night or a dinner party at home.

Mood: Needing a boost of energy, mood, or spirits.

Food Pairing: Desserts and sweet treats.

Tips: 

  1. Specify whether you’d like a single or double shot of espresso in your Espresso Martini. 
  2. Experiment with different types of coffee liqueur to find your favourite — some prefer a more chocolatey profile, while others enjoy a hint of vanilla or caramel.

9. Bloody Mary

Flavour Profile: Savoury, tangy and spicy with a hint of sweetness.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • Salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • Green olives, lime wedge or celery stalk for garnishing

Occasion: Recovery after a night out, mens brunch and daytime gatherings.

Mood: Hangover cure.

Food Pairing: Brunch dishes and appetisers.

Tip: Specify your preferred level of spiciness — whether you like it mild, or prefer a fiesty kick.

10. Caipirinha

Flavour Profile: Refreshing, tangy, and subtly sweet with a hint of citrus.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 fresh lime, cut into wedges
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ounces cachaça (a Brazilian sugarcane spirit)
  • Lime wheel for garnishing

Occasion: Warm, sunny days, beach party.

Mood: Lighthearted and fun-loving.

Food Pairing: Brazilian dishes and flavours.

Tips: Specify your preferred level of sweetness.

11. Old Cuban

Flavour Profile: Rich, aromatic, and subtly sweet with a hint of mint and citrus.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 ounces aged rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 6 whole mint leaves
  • 2 ounces chilled Champagne
  • Mint sprig for garnishing

Occasion: In swanky bars and celebratory occasions like weddings, anniversaries, or upscale cocktail parties. 

Mood: Celebrating elegantly.

Food Pairing: Seafood or appetisers.

Tip: Experiment with different rum types. Aged rums add depth and complexity to the cocktail, whereas lighter rums enable other ingredients to stand out. 

12.Sidecar

Flavour Profile: Smooth, balanced, and slightly sweet with a hint of citrus.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac (or brandy)
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Orange twist or sugar rim for garnishing

Occasion: Sophisticated evenings out, intimate gatherings, or as a gentlemanly prelude to a special dinner. 

Mood: Feeling nostalgic or unwinding.

Food Pairing: Sweetness or rich foods, and French cuisine.

Tips: 

  1. Specify your preferred level of sweetness.
  2. Mention whether you like your Sidecar with a sugared rim. 
  3. Try out types of cognac or brandy. Some prefer a smoother and milder cognac, while others enjoy a more robust and aged variety.

13. Whiskey Sour

Flavour Profile: Tart and slightly sweet.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Half an ounce of simple syrup
  • Half an ounce of egg white (optional)
  • Angostura bitters for garnishing

Occasion: Casual gatherings, after unwinding after a long day or kicking off a weekend brunch with mates.

Mood: Craving relaxation.

Food Pairing: Spicy dishes. Its acidity helps cut through rich and fatty foods, while its sweetness balances out spicy or savoury flavours.

Tips: 

  1. Specify your preferred type of whiskey.
  2. Mention whether you prefer the cocktail with or without egg white. 
  3. Experiment with varying ratios of lemon juice to simple syrup to perfectly balance sweet and sour.

Gentlemanly Cocktails at Pinstripe Bar

Pinstripe Bar is a premier Bali cocktail bar. Nestled in Ubud’s soothing rice fields, we offer an exceptional cocktail experience.

Our 60-seat bar is located in a spacious standalone colonial-style building. It features affluent décor with elements made from marble, dark wood, and bronze. Dimly lit walls are adorned with authentic period photographs which create a 1930s speakeasy vibe. 

In this captivating ambience, we serve excellent macho and gentlemanly cocktails made from top-notch ingredients and innovative techniques.

We’ve crafted a unique Cocktail Anthology menu, inspired by the 1920s and 1930s’ icons, culture evangelists, and figures. This menu features 10 concoctions — all of them headlined by Balinese native and Head Mixologist Panji Wisrawan. All of these cocktails narrate a story of this bygone era that was filled with rebellion.

We also offer evergreen classics like the Old Fashioned, Martini, Sidecar, and Manhattan. Get ready for an unmatched delight. Our cocktail experience will make your evening a memorable one.

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Reviews On Google



Made IndiraMade Indira
07:32 29 Jun 24
I went to Pinstripe while me and some friends had a staycation in Tegalalang for the weekend. After had dinner we decided to go check the bar at Pinstripe to get maybe one or two glass of margarita. Once I saw their cocktails menu, I had difficulties to choose between their well-crafted menu. Then Panji, the head mixologist served us a welcome drinks, I never expect the taste to be sooo delicious. From there I totally forgot the margarita and just let Panji surprise me with the magical taste of the cocktails that are so delicious I cannot stop sipping them. I tried to guess the ingredients Panji use in my cocktails, which of course mostly failed. The cocktails ingredients are source locally which really interesting because many of them usually use as cooking ingredients.Definitely will come back to try all the menu.
ros Marchros March
15:32 28 Jun 24
One of the best Ubud area cocktail bar here!!!Cocktail & atmosphere & Music,I highly recommend here!!!!
Keisuke YamamotoKeisuke Yamamoto
15:28 28 Jun 24
Great ConceptGreat atmosphereGreat Cocktails
I MI M
15:05 28 Jun 24
Best cocktails weve had in a while! Definitely a must go when in Ubud looking for a hip place to drink and smoke some cigar.
perdana yogaperdana yoga
14:19 15 Jun 24
The best bar in bali
louise melochelouise meloche
05:29 30 May 24
This is one of my favourite cocktail bars in Ubud! Pinstripe is a must visit bar that is great to visit solo or with a group of friends. They have a huge range of premium spirits, if you are into tequila, gin or whiskeys, this place has the biggest range in Ubud.The cocktails are really inventive and aesthetic. Personally I love the Mezcal one with the peacock feather, it is delicious and the flavours are balanced perfectly.The atmosphere is cosy yet it’s a large space with an indoor and outside terrace with jungle views. Perfect place to sit of an afternoon with cocktails or wine and then move inside for the lively atmosphere at night time.This bar is really unique and I recommend to all my friends visiting Bali to make sure they don’t miss out on visiting!
t hornt horn
15:05 27 May 24
The best and most spectacular cocktails in Bali his bar is extraordinary and elegant. Sophisticated classy and sexy. Changga is a master mixologist that makes every cocktail come exiting with the story of the name as well as detailed preparation. Must visit must indulge must experience if you are in Ubud !!! The service is impeccable, the drinks the best in Bali, the atmosphere is sexy old Hollywood with class and sophisticated touch. The BEST!! Thank you for amazing memories.
Coming here just for the vibes, not expecting the foods and sides are so delicious. Definitely worth coming back again. The Servers are very nice and very informative. Adit, one of the waiters took the time explaining everything, props to him!
Marlene KyrönenMarlene Kyrönen
03:32 17 Apr 24
Highly recommend pinstripe bar. The best cocktails on the island. My personal favorite is The artist! So delicious. We had a great time here and service is amazing. Must must visit when in Ubud. 10/10!!
Heru kecilHeru kecil
21:02 28 Feb 24
Best place that i've ever visited in Bali!Can't describe by words.The cocktails, the service, the ambience, the music, most of all the bartenders are legends.Definitely will be back.
Nana MooreNana Moore
20:48 22 Feb 24
Nice place to having a dinner and chill while enjoying Live music 🎶 it was incredible and good memories. The Bar absolutely amazing, indoor area with air conditioning, outdoor area for some people smoking. What is the most I like is the bathroom, very clean and cozy to do my make up 😂😁🤣
ChonTea idChonTea id
14:33 20 Feb 24
Panji and his team are best that’s all!!Its bar ambience will bring u to different world, a good getaway in Ubud
Ca BiCa Bi
13:23 18 Jan 24
We started our degustation at the bar with our complimentary cocktail served with 3 different amuse bouche.The atmosphere is lovely. We felt taken back to the 1930sMake sure to get early to your restaurant reservation so you can enjoy an aperitif here.
Nathan CawoodNathan Cawood
19:09 28 Oct 23
This is simply as good as a bar gets. It is somewhat hidden and more a speak easy than a bar. Staff is impeccably talented. The atmosphere is perfect right down to the smallest detail. I only wish we went here earlier. It may just be the best bar experience in Bali, and that is truly quite that statement.
Calvin VoonCalvin Voon
08:49 12 Oct 23
Exquisite drinks. Didn’t eat this time. Will be back 100%.Come here if you value:- exceptionally drinks with presentation- fluent English speaking, attentive waitstaff- a low-key vibe, fancy atmosphere, tastefully decorative and clean facilities that sets a 1950s moodWent here an hour before closing for nightcaps. And no they didn’t kick us out even after it was closed. Managed to have 4 cocktails between two people plus complimentary welcome AND send off drinks. The send off drink is that light purple potion, which I forget the name of, and it’s unforgettably delicious.Smoking allowed on the deck area. Think cigars are available for purchase.Look forward to returning for more poisons.
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