Best Cocktail Bars in Dartmouth

Dartmouth’s 4 Best Cocktail Bars

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*Guest Blog Post – Jessica Perkins


Dartmouth is a beautiful town situated on the banks of the picturesque River Dart. The town  has numerous festivals and events happening throughout the year, all with great drink experiences not to be missed by wine and cocktail lovers. 

Whether you’re looking for a cold drink to sip on a warm summer day or a perfectly shaken classic with exciting flavors, you can find plenty of spots to get your fix. Here is a list of Dartmouth’s best cocktail bars to help you find the perfect libation for your mood. 


1. Bar 1620 Dartmouth

Bar 1620 is arguably one of the most popular in town, and it’s not hard to see why. Located on Hauley Road, close to the river in historic Dartmouth, this classic watering hole has been attracting thirsty crowds for years thanks to its friendly bartenders and an impressive selection of drinks.

While at Bar 1620, you’ll find plenty of traditional cocktails and punches on the menu, as well as a few modern twists on classic favorites. Plus, live music from talented local musicians at the venue makes for an incredible atmosphere.

Bar 1620 also has a late-serving license, meaning you can stay out until the early hours if you’re lucky.

2. Joe’s Bar

Joe’s Spot is a small but lively bar located at 3 Raleigh Street in the heart of Dartmouth. Its friendly service and eclectic atmosphere make it the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of work or classes. 

Whether you’re looking for a boozy cold brew or a sophisticated champagne cocktail, there is something for everyone at Joe’s Bar. They also offer a great selection of wine and beers, which pair beautifully with their inventive cocktail creations.

During the summer, guests can enjoy a drink on their outdoor patio while listening to live music from local performers.

3. The Sail Loft Dartmouth

The Sail Loft is a stylish lounge situated at Foss Street in Dartmouth. It is owned and run by a husband-and-wife team, Rupert and Sarah, who serve an array of creative cocktails made with the finest ingredients. 

The name “The Sail Loft” was inspired by the bar’s former use as an actual sail loft for the local fishing fleet. The building that houses the bar is over 400 years old, so there are plenty of exciting tales to talk about the place.

In addition to cocktails, The Sail Loft offers a range of tempting threats, including freshly made pizzas and burgers. Moreover, their environment is pet and family-friendly, so you can feel free to bring your furry friend along when coming for an afternoon drink.

4. Your Home

If you don’t find any of the bars above to your liking, you can always stay home and make a few drinks for yourself and your friends. Fortunately, you can find plenty of great recipes to help you whip up some delicious concoctions.

But to turn your home into a genuinely entertaining cocktail space, you may need to create a perfect home bar setup and add a few pieces of equipment, such as a shaker, jigger, and strainer. Investing in the right cocktail glass can also go a long way in making your home feel like a fancy cocktail bar. 

Final Word

Whether you are looking to taste a bit of Dartmouth’s nightlife or enjoy a few delicious drinks with friends, you will definitely find a local bar that offers all that and more. 

But if you want something a little more relaxing and calm, a home bar setup is what you need. However, you will want to spruce up your space with plants, candles, and decorations to make it a great spot to kick back and enjoy your favorite cocktail.


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