The North & South Bar at the Pinehurst Resort’s newly remodeled Manor Inn is just the kind of tall, dark and moody that we like.
At the North & South, the best view is up — past the vintage-inspired light fixtures to the illustrations of 1920s-era maps that cover the ceiling. Renderings of Donald Ross’ first four courses at Pinehurst, the maps are a historic nod to the past while the menu is an homage to new trends.
You’ll find a mix of signature and classic cocktails, with recipes guided by an in-house bourbon expert. At a recent soft opening, we chose two with Woodford — the N&S Old Fashioned, left (with orange-walnut bitters and an orange peel that’s set on fire before being placed in your glass)and the N&S Sour, with egg whites and sweet and sour mix. The latter tastes even better than it looks.
While an on-bar attachment allows your Old Fashioned to be smoked on demand, you can get a front-row seat to open flame on the patio.
Cocktail prices start at $14; and while bringing your own hotdog roasting fork would be frowned upon, barbecue from Pinehurst Brewery is just a golf cart ride away.