The newest twist on classic cocktails? Skipping the twist altogether.

The newest twist on classic cocktails? Skipping the twist altogether. In the last year, Columbus bars like Denmark, in the rehabbed Yankee Trader building in the Arena District, and Prohibition Gastro Lounge, in downtown Powell, have made room on their menus for straight-up, honest, old-fangled recipes. Both bars have plenty of adventuresome modern offerings, too, but we're loving the return to tradition and unmatched names like The Bee's Knees (gin, honey syrup and lemon juice) and the Sazerac (rye, turbinado sugar, Peychaud's bitters and absinthe). There's something refreshing about this revival for the bartenders, too. At Prohibition, our Mother-in-Law, hand-stirred in a crystal beaker, was served with stories (the Old Forester bourbon used in the drink has been continuously available since 1870, even during Prohibition, when it was sold for medicinal purposes) and great conversation. And that's something that never goes out of style. denmarkonhigh.com, prohibitiongastrolounge.com