Accessed through Sticks and Vines cigar and wine shop on Main Street in downtown Albertville, Busted Oak Bourbon Society is a speakeasy inspired bar, complete with a password protected entrance. Just kidding; everyone is welcome at Busted Oak. But how much more fun would it be to give a password before entering? You could try it out when you visit just to get the full prohibition experience. And while a bourbon society might indicate a membership is needed, that is not so with Busted Oak. Memberships are offered for cigar lockers—as well as for certain perks and special opportunities—but not required.
Among the jaw-dropping detail and comfortable seating areas, Busted Oak offers generous pours of quality spirits, which include bourbon, rum, tequila, scotch, wine, craft domestic beer and signature cocktails. The Painkiller is a solid choice if unsure of what to order, but would like to venture out a bit. Pro tip: Ask the bartender to smoke it. Words alone cannot accurately describe how much depth the smoky flavor adds to an already outstanding cocktail. The Old Fashioned is a classic option and can also be smoked.
Originally built in 1905, the building that now houses Busted Oak Bourbon Society was one of two structures left standing after the 1908 tornado came through Albertville. The storm left death and destruction in its wake, killing 32 people and forever adding a cloud of mystery to the area, where strange things reportedly happen on a regular basis.