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Readers pick their favorite places to get cocktails in Lancaster County

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In 2017, Terry Ditzler and Garry Bertrand found out there are over 100 bars in Lancaster County as they made their quest to visit each and every one in the county.

We asked readers to tell us their favorite place to get a cocktail in Lancaster County. 

Here are their picks.

Horse Inn

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A house-mixed citrus-based cocktail will become a refreshing summertime lure at The Horse Inn.

Horse Inn received the most nominations of the bunch. Artisan ingredients are no stranger to Horse Inn's cocktail menu: grapefruit bitters, lime acid blends and meringue are just some of the options for cocktail mixers.

Horse Inn has also been nominated by readers to be one of the best places to get burgers and one of the best places to celebrate date night.

More information: 450 E Fulton St., Lancaster | 717-392-5528 | Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday to Saturday: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. | Website 

The Log Cabin Restaurant

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This photo from 2011 shows a dining room at the Log Cabin restaurant.

The Log Cabin Restaurant features several cocktails in three different categories: prohibition cocktails, bright & fresh, and crafted cocktails. Some of the non-traditional ingredients used in the restaurant's drinks are blueberry puree, earl grey tea and smoked maple syrup.

The restaurant was also nominated as one of the best places to celebrate date night.

More information: 11 Lehoy Forest Drive, Leola | 717-626-9999 |  Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Website

The Exchange

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Frank Fontaine, beverage director for The Exchange at the Lancaster Marriott, created this orange Peppered Pinas cocktail.

The Exchange recently opened in Lancaster city in the Lancaster Marriott hotel. Some of its options include the "Matcha Maker" which comes with vodka, matcha tea syrup, watermelon and lime, and the "Midnight Rider" that comes with bourbon, vermouth, blackberry/mint syrup and egg whites.

More information: 25 S. Queen Street, Lancaster | 717-207-4096 | Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 12 to 10 p.m. | Website

The Pressroom

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New furnishings, including tables with black walnut tops, sit by the front window at the newly renovated Pressroom Restaurant & Bar on West King Street.

The Pressroom is nestled right in the heart of downtown, and is complete with a park bar amid a waterfall scene. Some of non-traditional ingredients offered are chamomile & rose infused honey, grated nutmeg and lemongrass-ginger syrup.

More information: 26-28 W. King Street, Lancaster | 717-399-5400 | Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Website


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The bar at Amorette, which has its own entrance on Prince Street. 

Amorette prides itself in having a French-American fine dining experience right in downtown Lancaster. Some of  its drinks include "A Beet in Thyme" which has Death's Door gin, beet, thyme, lemon and tonic, as well as a "Pumpkin Pisco Sour" that has Pisco, pumpkin chai tea, pressed orange juice and egg whites.

More information: 401 N. Prince Street, Lancaster | 717-947-7710 | Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday to Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. | Website



Luca’s bar selections include specialty cocktails along with other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Luca is known for many things, including its pizzas and pastas — the business even scored a spot on our reader's pick lists for best pizza and best outdoor eateries. Luca offers several modern and traditional cocktails, ranging from the Serafini to the Negroni.

More information: 436 W James Street #101, Lancaster | 717-553-5770 | Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. | Website

Here are the rest of the nominations, as picked by the readers of LancasterOnline.

- Annie Bailey's, Lancaster

- Charcoal's Bar and Grill, Manheim Township

- Decades, Lancaster

- The Dock, East Cocalico Township

- Jethro's Restaurant and Bar, Lancaster

- Johnny's Bar and Steakhouse, East Cocalico Township

- Lancaster Dispensing Company, Lancaster

- Marion Court Room, Lancaster

- McCleary's Pub, Marietta

- Per Diem, Warwick Township

- Tellus360, Lancaster