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The Daily Meal has tracked down the country’s best Irish pubs, dive bars, sports bars, old bars and beach bars, in addition to a collective ranking of all bars. We appreciate you trusting our expertise and ability to track down the top places to drink in America, but we’re leaving this ranking to the real professionals: you.
The following is an all-time list of the most popular bars in the U.S. according to Yelp. In deciding which spots were worthy, the review site identified businesses in the “bars” category, and then ranked them using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. Each one is rated 4.5 and above on a 5-star scale and only two businesses per metro were included to ensure geographic diversity.
Please note that since these businesses are categorized as “bars,” they may also be part of a restaurant, but each has various positive reviews specifically about the bar. Long story short, these bars were chosen for you, by you. The atmosphere, eats, cocktails, cold beers, wine and bubbles, and the company they keep is what makes these bars the 75 most popular in America.
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People have been making whiskey in the Rocky Mountains for hundreds of years, but Elkins Distilling founded Estes Park’s first legal distillery. Its carefully curated drink menu features a variety of craft cocktails made with high-proof Colorado whiskey. One Yelp reviewer even claims the old fashioned here is the best she’s ever had. If you want it straight, have a go at a sample flight in the tasting room or take it to the patio with beautiful views of the surrounding outdoors.
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Old Coast Ales is a dog-friendly microbrewery halfway between the Bridge of Lions and the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida. There’s a wide selection of beers on tap ranging from IPAs and pales to reds, brown ales and porters — all of which are brewed in house. On occasion, this spot will also serve small-batch seasonal brews like a Gose or Berliner, or its famous Kookaburra, a brown ale infused with locally roasted coffee. If you want, you can even take some home in a growler. But on the way out, make sure you stop at the place next door for awesome tacos.
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Eat My Pasty has been serving British grub to Panama City Beach since 2015. The interior is even swagged out with English-inspired décor and art featuring British icons like Michael Caine and the Rolling Stones. Specifically, this place is named after the Cornish pasty, which is typically filled with meat, potatoes and vegetables, and cooked in a pastry crust. The menu also boasts other U.K. pub classics like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie, which go swimmingly with a cold pint of Guinness.
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This small hybrid bar and bottle shop features 12 rotating craft beers on tap, plus tons of packaged beers to go. Florida locals and visitors alike are drawn to the atmosphere of this quaint but inviting space, and they really enjoy the uniqueness of the beers for sale. FR Bottle Shop has all kinds of fun, special-release brews you won’t find at the store or supermarket. Plus, there’s a foosball table in here, and who doesn’t like playing foosball?
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Just as the name suggests, Broski Ciderworks was founded by brothers David and Daniel Verdugo. Although this cidery is physically based in Pompano Beach, Florida, the apples used in each drink are a blend of bittersweet and dessert apples from New York State. Some year-round ciders include passion fruit, cran-apple, ginger, mango, pineapple and peach flavors. There’s even one that’s infused with nitrogen, an element used to create a silky, smooth texture and cascading, longer lasting bubbles.
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Arario is an upscale Korean fusion restaurant in Reno, Nevada. People come here for the bulgogi, bibimbop, kimchi fries, short ribs and the spicy Fire Cracker (popcorn chicken and tater tots with mozzarella, ghost pepper jack cheese and secret chili sauce), but also for the Pink Bellini (Champagne and raspberry wine) and Yuzu Mojito made with soju, light rum, yuzu, mint, lime and club soda. Another favorite is the Angry Roger, which features Bulleit Rye Whiskey, bitters, mint, sugar, orange, cherry and raspberry wine.
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Booyz’s is not your average dive bar. Instead of pouring pints, the people behind the counter are making alcoholic treats in cones and cups for the adults of San Antonio, Texas. For example, the “09’er” is made with Red Handed bourbon, house-made fruit preserves and a hefeweizen pour-over. The “La Raspa” features Aviator Gin, blue curacao and a squeeze of lemon over crushed ice. There are also multiple caffeinated creations and a boozy milkshake made with ice cream, sweet cream and a pour-over of your liking. Everything has to be consumed before you leave the premises, though, because, you know, liquor laws.
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Sigh was established in 2012 to give Californians a place to go that had an extensive selection of quality Champagne and sparkling wines. While we’re unsure how it actually got its name, some guests surmise it’s due to the feeling they have when they have to leave. This top-tier establishment — with notably gorgeous silver and gold décor — now also carries still wine and a small selection of beer including Lagunitas Little Sumpin’, Fort Point IPA, 805 Blonde Ale, Stella Artois, Modelo and Miller High Life (because it’s the Champagne of Beers, duh). If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even pop bottles with kettle chips and caviar.
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Every staff member at The Beer Junction in Seattle is required to complete various levels of the Beer Cicerone Certification training. The highest level you can achieve is Master Cicerone, which is essentially like a wine sommelier for beer. Long story short: These people know their craft. Oh, and also — Rate Beer has named this place the best bottle shop in Washington state every year since 2013. Apart from the crazy selection of brews to go, guests can grab a draft to stay (or bottle one up in a growler and dash). The larger-than-life tap list is always changing, but it’s updated in live time on the bar’s website.
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There are more than 16 ciders and beers on tap and even more available by the bottle at this dog-friendly bar. There’s also a simple wine list featuring local varieties from Oregon and Washington, and others imported from Italy and Argentina. The Independent Beer Bar has everything you could want in a watering hole. Excluding the obvious, there’s a trivia night on the last Wednesday of each month, $5 mimosas on Sunday, happy hour every day, a few TVs for your viewing pleasure, shuffleboard, growlers to go and Russian dumplings.
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Avenue American Bistro is a sports bar and restaurant in Wayne, Michigan. What’s on the menu? Diners say the shawarma street tacos are a must. They come with flame-broiled chicken, chipotle hummus, hand-battered cauliflower, roasted red pepper, cilantro and tahini in flour tortillas. As far as adult beverages go, boozers are into the cucumber smash (Hendricks gin, muddled cucumber, fresh lime juice and simple syrup) and ice cold draft beer.
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This brewery is located in the heart of sunny Orlando, Florida. There are about a dozen beers on tap, and there’s something for everyone whether your preference is hoppy, malty, light or dark — and if you want to sample some, opt for a flight. To keep guests entertained, there’s always live music in the taproom, as well as cornhole, darts, board games (Jenga!) and a bunch of TVs. There’s never a dull moment at Ocean Sun Brewing.
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This vibrant 21-and-up gay bar in Honolulu, Hawaii, is super popular for its all-you-can-drink mimosa drag brunch, which has been hailed as “the most fun brunch on the island.” Wang Chung's is so much fun for the young and young at heart — especially those who aren’t afraid to get down with a little karaoke after morning libations or late into the night. The drinks are cold and strong, the food is delicious (go for the chicken and waffles or eggs Benedict) and there’s even a hotel upstairs if you have one too many and need a place to crash.
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Hidden away in the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, California, is Counter Reformation. It’s highly doted upon by guests as “what every wine bar should aspire to be.” The food is “mind-blowing,” the wine is “eclectic” and waitstaff is “exceptional.” The setting is cozy and intimate, and the playlist of ‘60s and ‘70s music is a hit with anyone and everyone occupying a barstool. Regulars who prefer to keep their bar a relative secret say: Don’t go here, but when you do, don’t tell anyone how much you loved it.
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Despite the super laid-back atmosphere, this family-friendly gastropub has a gargantuan rotation of 60 craft beers on tap and a well-curated, high-quality food menu that changes every eight weeks. You can see the current selection of beers on Southern Growl’s website, as well as what’s cooking in the kitchen. At the time of this writing, a portobello melt sandwich, duck leg gyro, Korean burrito, tri-cheese pierogis and jerk fish tacos were just some of the special offerings. As one Yelper plainly puts it, “It’s great. Seriously great. Go there. You won’t be disappointed.”
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GrandTen was created by Matthew Nuernberger and Spencer McMinn because they love spirits and, just like the rest of us, enjoy a drink at the end of the day. Their flagship product, Wire Works American Gin, pays homage to the historic South Boston Iron Foundry that previously occupied the space where the duo now distills. There’s a bar inside too, so customers can experience classic and modern cocktails directly from the source. Try the Tiki Torch made with GrandTen’s Fire Puncher Black Vodka, pineapple, cranberry and tiki bitters.
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Parcht is a relaxed bottle shop and wine bar hybrid that also sells quality craft beers, artisanal small plates and locally roasted coffee. The food menu is seasonal, but you’ll typically find lots of meats and cheeses, breads, salads and other nibbles. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a house-made peanut butter cup or coffee-infused truffles. Yum.
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Ghost Coast was named in honor of where it sits — in hospitable Savannah, Georgia, which may or may not be haunted. All spooks aside, it was also the city’s first distillery dating back to just before Prohibition. Today, bourbon, honey- and ginger-flavored whiskey, vodka, orange-flavored vodka, tiki spiced rum, cherry-almond-, peach- and herbal-flavored liqueur, and fernet are made here. Drink them straight up or as part of many innovative and gorgeously presented cocktails. Basil sour? Cucumber Collins? Coming right up.
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There are countless creative cocktails on the menu in the tasting room of this Fort Worth distillery. They’re all made with Trinity River’s three signature products: Texas Silver Star vodka, whiskey and honey liqueur. Visitors are big fans of the Silver Stargarita with whiskey, triple sec, sour mix, simple syrup and fresh lime — a whiskey margarita, if you will. Here’s an insider tip: If you sign up for a tour of the distillery on Groupon, you get a free souvenir glass.
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Amalga is located in downtown Juneau and is the city’s first distillery. Single malt whiskey, gin and vodka is made here and the tasting room is actually in the stillhouse, which is cool because visitors can enjoy a cocktail right next to where the spirits are made. People are obsessed with this drink called the “Mango Sea Donkey” made with mango, gin and ginger beer. It appears that the drinks list changes from time to time, but if you’re lucky, it’ll be on the menu next time you visit Alaska.
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The French café and wine bar in Hialeah, Florida, is almost impossibly charming and quaint. Make sure you get the escargots with butter, garlic, parsley and baguette; or the croque-monsieur with warm ham, béchamel and savory, melted Gruyère cheese. For dessert, consider the salted butter and sugar crepe or the El Monito Boracho with roasted banana flambéed in butter brown sugar and spiced rum. La Fresa Francesa has an array of adult beverages, too. Order sparkling, red, white or rosé wines by the glass, international beers or a guava bellini.
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“Hoi Polloi” is a noun that means “the many, the masses, the common people.” This neighborhood beer bar is located in South Berkeley, California, and produces a variety of beers both here and at an off-site location in Oakland. The menu also features a carefully curated rotating selection of craft brews and ciders from other West Coast breweries on guest taps. Yelpers note that the service here is outstanding. Bartenders greet you immediately and are charismatic and knowledgeable. Apart from that, the bathrooms are clean (this is important), the Wi-Fi is strong and the truffle popcorn is what dreams are made of.
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This wine bar is run by sommelier Cordelia Schreiber (also known as “Ikey” because she’s infatuated with squirrels) and her parents: gastronomer and artist Jessika Schreiber and her husband (a charming storyteller) Peter Schreiber. Ze Windham is located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Guests can sit inside where it’s cute and cozy, or outside with their four-legged friends in the Swedish-German beer garden. What’s on the menu? Nearly 40 different wines by the glass, imported and specialty beer, gourmet food, unique coffees and delicious desserts. Take your love for wine to the next level by attending Cordelia’s popular “Wine School” — a series of weekly themed lessons in discovering wine and food pairings from around the world.
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The Spoon Trade’s concept is simple: to spoon food and trade stories. The brunch menu boasts brown sugar French toast, fried chicken and sourdough waffles and a hot steak take on eggs Benedict. Dinner features deviled eggs, artisan soups, sea bass, handmade fettucine and pork tenderloin. The drinks list is plenty, offering all sorts of cocktails, draft beers, ciders and sours, and sparkling, red, white and rosé wines. In describing this restaurant and bar, one word patrons tend to use often is “quality.” The farm to table menu is made with love from scratch, the staff is friendly and attentive, and the interior is cute and quirky.
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We Olive is focused on quality, craftsmanship, taste and supporting local growers in the neighboring state of California. The beautiful Reno, Nevada, wine bar features an extensive selection of premium reds, whites and bubbles, plus olive oil-inspired tapas and craft beer. Better yet, complimentary tastings of We Olive’s olive oils, vinegars and gourmet foods are offered every day. One visitor says the pairings will “have your taste buds dancing.”
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The people behind Chanticleer don’t care what you’re wearing, or whether you’re coming in from the beach or off an exhaustive bike ride. They just want you to be comfortable along with those you love “or at least like a lot” — including dogs, which are welcome on the patio. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes $2 off all draft beer, bottled beer, wine and cocktails. There’s lots of cool artwork here too, and if you see something you like, you can purchase it right off the wall. Oh, and one last thing: Don’t sleep on the white chocolate coconut cookie.
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Alameda Island was founded by longtime brewer Matthew Fox and engineer Bill Phua, who built the facilities from the ground up. In total, they’re 10,000 square feet with a 1,500-square-foot tasting room. Although you have to be 21 years-old to enjoy a brew, kids and dogs are invited inside this family-friendly space. There are 10 core beers on tap at all times — Alameda’s IPA, American Pale Ale, Cavanaugh Kolsch, Hef-D, Island City IPA, Island Haze, Rapid PIls, Sea Haggis, Uncommon Common and Idahop 7 — as well as additional seasonal releases.
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This little neighborhood bar in Oxnard, California, is right near the beach. What’s better than a cold beer after a long day of sun? One visitor from the U.K. offered laid-back praise for Beachcomber on Yelp: “This place just ‘gets it.’ Anyone will talk to anyone, no attitude, a smooth jukebox, bar games. Need anything, just ask for it. TVs for watching sports, reliable, smoking fast Wi-Fi.” Need we say more?
The Brew Coop / Yelp
The Brew Coop in San Francisco, California, is just like any other taproom, except you get to pour the beer yourself. Everything is sold by the ounce, so you don’t have to commit to a whole pint unless you want to. There are more than 20 brews on draft including light, hoppy, malty and tart varieties. You can even pour your own kombucha. And if your stomach starts to growl, there’s a chicken-themed food menu featuring wings, tacos, sandwiches, nuggets, sliders, quesadillas, edamame, fries and more.
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The Whining Pig has several locations throughout Arizona, all of which carry lots and lots of booze. There’s a huge chalkboard highlighting everything this place has to offer, but in short: There’s an amazing selection of wine and over 125 craft beers. Oh and happy hour runs 1 to 8 p.m. every day. Another attractive quality here is the grilled cheese menu. There are five in total including “The Heart” with fig spread, prosciutto and goat cheese; “The Peace Sign” with pesto, sun dried tomato and mozzarella; “The Ying Yang” with cream cheese, American cheese and Swiss cheese; “The Hash Tag” with smoked ham and American cheese; and “The Star” with pepperoni, Sriracha, Italian cheese and cherry peppers. We’ll take one of each, please.
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Division Wines is both a wine shop and wine bar featuring over 800 bottles, many of which were chosen because they were made using healthy and thoughtful practices. At the bar itself, patrons can choose from sparkling, rosé, white and red wines by the glass, by the half glass or as part of a sample flight. If you want something from the shop, there’s a $10 corkage fee, but that’s waived on bottles over $50. There are also craft beers and ciders on draft. Nibbles from the short but sweet food menu include meat and cheese boards, smoked fish, beet salad, a spreads board (olive tapenade, romesco and herbed hummus), soup, baguette with butter or olive oil, mixed olives, almonds and the dessert of the day.
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This taproom in Fairfield, California, has really friendly vibes and super cool tap handles. Instead of your run-of-the-mill designs, Rustwater playfully uses pool balls, a baseball, a Pokéball, the head of Frankenstein’s monster and more. Perhaps more importantly, the beer is excellent. There are 30 craft beers on draft, and they’re all written on a giant chalkboard behind the bar. But it’s not just the booze that turns visitors into regulars. Apparently the cheeseburgers are incredible, and they’re only $5.
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The inspiration for Oddstory dates back to the 19th and early 20th centuries, when Chattanooga experienced bouts of severe flooding just about every decade. The Tennessee River had risen above flood range 70 times before the city raised the streets and left the now-underground world behind. You can read more about it on the wall at this brewery, where there are 16 beers on tap including four flagships: Golden Blackbird Belgian Blonde, Cloud Walker Pale Ale, Woven Stone Vienna Lager and Monkey’s Heart India Pale Ale. Hungry customers can order a barbecue chicken or spinach and artichoke quesadilla; regular, cinnamon- or pizza-flavored soft pretzel; green chili chicken enchilada dip; and spinach and artichoke hummus from the kitchen.
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Bar Red Beard is a family-run establishment named after Mike, who helps run the bar with his mother and father — and who obviously has a red beard. Everything on the food menu is made from scratch, including the pizza dough, barbecue sauce in the pulled pork sandwich, sweet and spicy dressing for the (also homemade) tater tots and chicken salad sandwich, and the hand-rolled meatballs in red gravy. Bar Red Beard proudly serves American-made craft beers and wines. On its website, you can see all the brews that are presently on draft as well as the ones that are on deck to replace current kegs once they kick.
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This wine bar in Diamond Springs is owned by husband and wife Christian and Jennifer Masse, both of whom have excellent backgrounds in food and drink. Jennifer actually claims she fell in love with Christian after she tasted the escargot at the French restaurant where he worked as a chef. She said, “This sauce is so good, I’m going to marry this guy!” So they wed — in a hot air balloon over Napa Valley. The couple now runs Allez in Diamond Springs, where they offer Californians gourmet sandwiches on baguette, fantastic salad, stews, crepes, charcuterie and cheese, and lots of other plates both big and small. As far as wine goes, Allez offers it by the glass and the bottle — riesling, chardonnay, rosé, sauvignon blanc, bubbly, pinot noir, zinfandel, malbec, syrah and the list goes on.
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House of Hops in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a family-owned craft beer store with 400 bottled and canned brews in house and 24 rotating drafts. You can see the current updated list on the shop’s website. If you want to bring your favorite beer on tap to go, this place will hook you up with a fill for 32- and 64-ounce growlers. Although there’s no kitchen on site, food trucks are parked on the premises Tuesday through Sunday for all your noshing needs. There’s also a pretty impressive game section with old-school games and toys like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Perhaps most importantly, House of Hops is dog friendly inside and out.
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Tacos and wine. Need we say more? This Dallas establishment serves white, red, rosé and bubbly, as well as innovative cocktails like the “Kalimotxo,” which is red wine mixed with Mexican Coke over ice. The Cochinita Pibil tacos are highly recommended. Those are made with pulled pork braised in pineapple and achiote with cabbage, but there are also rib-eye, pickled slow-roasted chicken tinga, blackened catfish, fried avocado, prickly pear and brisket options. Or you could get a quesadilla, salad, ceviche, seafood-stuffed jalapeños and so on and so forth. This wine bar is the perfect example of casual meets fancy.
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Rock Cut Brewing Company was founded by college friends Tracy Goodemote and Matt Heiser, who have been making beer together for 13 years. Their Estes Park taproom has large windows with incredible views of the gorgeous Colorado outdoors. There are 12 brews on tap and, weather permitting, you can go out on the patio with a pint or flight and listen to the rush of the Big Thompson River. Rock Cut sometimes has a food truck on site, but outside food is permitted.
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It’s all in a name. Kibbitznest is an incredibly cool and cozy bookstore in Illinois that’s also part bar and music venue. People even come here to study during lulls in the middle of the day. This is a great place for Chicagoans to gather for book club, play board games or just enjoy each human interaction the old-fashioned way — without Wi-Fi. There are some small plates on the menu, but Pequod’s is right across the street and guests are more than welcome stop in with pizza as long as everyone in the party purchases a drink. The fully stocked bar has 35 different beers, 16 wines, craft cocktails and more.
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Florida Keys Brewing is the Upper Keys’ first microbrewery. There’s a selection of core beers on draft, as well as rotating seasonal options and barrel-aged brews. People looking to escape the Florida sun can hang out in the tasting room with a flight of beer or glass of wine, sangria or cider, but the real appeal is the outdoor beer garden. It’s dog-friendly, spacious, tropical and grassy with lots of seating and lawn games.
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Oak and Ivy is a discreet craft whiskey cocktail bar in Downtown Las Vegas’ Container Park. The business prides itself on top-notch mixology, unique handcrafted drinks, high-quality and fresh seasonal ingredients, and homemade garnishes and mixers. The “Apple Pie Harvest” is a fan favorite. This cocktail is built with Clyde May’s bourbon, apple bitters, butter, caramelized brown sugar and allspice dram. If you sit outside in the heated patio space, you might just get to see a giant praying mantis shoot fire from its antennas, all set to music.
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This dimly lit Brooklyn pub has all the essentials: board games, shuffleboard, darts, cocktails, wine, 14 craft brews on tap and the old beer-and-a-shot special. Guests can get $1 off all wine, drafts and well drinks during happy hour weekdays 4 to 7 p.m. and weekends noon to 4 p.m. If you’re hungry, The Commissioner has burgers, wings, Nashville hot chicken, hot dogs, tacos, tater tots and more. Nothing goes together quite like a cold one and greasy eats. Those are just the facts.
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Mei Wah Beer Room is an Asian deco bar in Iselton, California, an hour or so from San Francisco. Rumor has it the building used to be an opium den, and there’s a sign that says so inside the Chinese-style bed that’s open for visitors to lounge in. There are 24 craft beers, kombucha and nitro cold brew coffee on draft at all times. The taps change regularly, but people can keep an eye on current offerings and their thorough descriptions on this Google Doc. The prices here are very fair. Bargoers can order five-, 10-, 13- or 16-ounce brews — none of which exceed $7. Mei Wah sells beef jerky, but guests are encouraged to bring their own food.
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The menu at Ten in Phoenix, Arizona, features Midwestern classics and Southern comforts like shrimp and grit cake, hush puppies, “stand out” fried green tomatoes, barbecue pulled pork and “really delicious” buttermilk fried chicken. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. The deal includes half-price appetizers, select $7 craft cocktails, $6 house wines and $4 draft beers. Customers recommend the “Clapped Basil” mixed drink with Absolut Ruby, basil, elderflower and grapefruit juice.
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This boutique wine bar with an open kitchen concept is Spanish- and Latin-inspired with Japanese flair. Guests can nosh on beautifully plated small bites like cauliflower bisque, ceviche or king crab leg skewers in tandem with house-made white or red sangria, or wine by the glass. The décor in Mordeo is gorgeous and the atmosphere is classy and fun. One reviewer raves, “Wow!!!!! There’s no option to give this place 20 stars, but that’s what they deserve.”
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People come to Lady Yum to “escape, be whoever they want to be, to sip Champagne at noon on a Wednesday, eat fancy cookies and pretend they are in Paris,” says owner Megan Wagstaff. Her adorable bakery and wine bar, Lady Yum, supplies Seattle with quirky macarons like espresso fudge, lemon, oatmeal cookie, s’mores and raspberry chardonnay. She also does seasonal and monthly flavors (Irish chocolate, cinnamon roll, birthday cake, Earl Grey and PB&J… yum). Customers can take them to go or stay and have a glass of wine. The house Champagne is super cheap at $3 a glass for brut and $4 for brut rosé. White, red and rosé wines, and bubbly are on the menu too, as well as tea and coffee.
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Town Talk first opened in 1946 as a 15-seat neighborhood diner in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today, it has expanded to a 50-seat dining room in the same historic building. The rotating menu consists of locally sourced farm-to-table American cuisine. Some highlights on the highly regarded brunch menu include fried green tomatoes with poached egg and lemon aioli, black bean chilaquiles, barbecue brisket hash and a rolled omelet with bacon, caramelized onion, Parmesan and baby greens. Guests can grab libations like the breakfast whiskey (rye, bitters, maple and orange) or bloody mary made with dill vodka. And when it’s time to go, the bills are served in the cutest-ever checkbooks made from children’s books.
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Two is better than one at this San Antonio “brewstillery.” Ranger Creek brews craft beer and distills small-batch whiskey. Visitors can learn how both are made by taking an intimate and immersive hour-and-a-half tour of the facilities in Texas. Three product samples and a souvenir pint glass are just $10, designated drivers can join for $5 and kids 6 and under get in for free. The tasting room is another way to enjoy Ranger Creek’s exceptionally priced brews (most are $4 a pint), whiskey and cocktails. Meat and cheese plates and other small snacks are available for purchase. There are often food trucks on site too, and events like Pizza Night, Jazz and Cocktails, Cocktails and Lobster Rolls, and more.
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The Brewseum in Honolulu is an eye-catching brewpub with great craft beer, as well as a museum with a crazy impressive collection of donated World War II, military, beer and Hawaiian memorabilia from photographs and letters to posters and uniforms. On the lower level, there’s a vintage Jeep you can sit in and a Harley Davidson that was used in the movie “Pearl Harbor.” If you head upstairs and give the secret knock (Morse code for “V” as in “victory,” according to Hawaii Magazine), you’ll find the speakeasy/tiki bar called Wiki Waki Woo, which serves old-school cocktails from the ‘30s and ‘40s.
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This San Francisco-based brewery is owned by longtime army family and husband and wife duo Kevin and Shae Inglin. Their beer? Fantastic. In fact, FDR took home five awards at the 2018 California State Commercial Craft Beer Competition. Their offerings change every so often, but at the time of this writing, tons of creative flavors graced the menu including Cupcake Reincarnate Almond-Coconut Ale, which is described as tasting like you’re “eating a cupcake, but it’s a beer!” Sign us up! They also made a tropical stout, a kombucha shandy and a double IPA called Skip the Gym, which really resonates with us.
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Cider Bite opened its doors in 2015 to give the people of Portland a wider selection of good draft and bottled hard cider on a sliding scale from sweet to dry. Apparently prior to that, there was only one cider on tap at a local pub. Owner Jeff Hanneson learned cidermaking on his family farm in Springfield, Oregon, but all the ciders featured at his bar are from other cideries. In good fashion, there are also beers, wines and cider cocktails available, and an apple-focused food menu for those who’ve brought their appetite.
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This 21-and-up wine bar in Ventura, California, is cozy and romantic. Many compare it to the likes of a sophisticated French café. The owner, Parfait, is actually from France. Visitors note his immaculate hospitality and how, instead of sitting down at any old restaurant, they feel as if they’re being comfortably welcomed into his home. Barrell 33 does not have a fully stocked bar, but it does have beer and wine (always kept at approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit) complimented by light bites including an artisan cheese platter, salad, thin-crust pizza, penne pasta, chocolate soufflé, crème brulee and more.
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This bustling pub specializes in lots of ever-changing Florida craft beers, organic wines and St. Augustine’s best sangria. There’s indoor and outdoor seating, where your pup can hang too! The Social Lounge is a hot spot for playing board games and watching sports — soccer, racing, American football, baseball or “any other kind of ball.” There’s no food here (besides pretzels and popcorn), but guests are encouraged to bring their own or order takeout to be delivered to the bar.
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The Rendition Room is a blast from the past — the 1930s specifically. The exclusive speakeasy is reservation only, but it’s well worth the forward planning. Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra play on the overhead speakers as talented mixologists curate creative drinks like Breakfast of Champions made with bacon, maple, vanilla-infused bourbon, citrus and egg whites; and Black Magic built with olive oil and rosemary-infused vodka, caper and olive brine, and squid ink. Speaking of magic, magicians make an appearance every Tuesday from 8 to 9 p.m.
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This saloon off Folly Beach in South Carolina has funky vibes and incredible Asian-American eats. The majority of reviews demand that anyone and everyone who goes here get the curry mac and cheese with corn salsa and Romano. Yeah, it’s that good. Another hot ticket item is the creamy French-style mushroom soup with shiitake mushrooms and truffle puree. Jack of Cups’ food menu is seasonal though, so it changes every so often. The cool thing is, everything is conveniently labeled in terms of meat content — “vegetarian,” “has meat,” “vegan,” or “has vegan option.” Wash it down with anything from the long list of bottled and draft beers and ciders. There’s also a pretty decent list of wines from the U.S. and abroad.
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Immortal Spirits & Distilling was founded in 2009 in Medford, Oregon. All the equipment here was built from scratch and all mashing, fermenting, distilling, aging and bottling are done in-house. The signature spirit here is whiskey — aged in charcoaled, locally made Oregon Oak casks — but rum, absinthe, gin, brandy, eau de vie, nocino and limoncello are produced at the facility as well. All can be enjoyed on their own or as part of a top-shelf cocktail in the tasting room. Visitors are really excited about the Pink Lady (gin, blackberry brandy, lemon and grenadine) and the Pear Sidecar (pear, vodka, blackberry and lemon soda), but you can’t go wrong no matter what you choose.
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NQC is a small family-owned spot in Miami Lakes, Florida, where you can get craft beer and Cuban-inspired comfort food made with fresh ingredients. If you don’t want to stay and hang in the beer garden, no worries. There’s a drive-thru for grub and growlers. Everything can be ordered on an app too, so it’s ready before you arrive. People are obsessed with the Turkey Vaca Frita bowl, which comes with sautéed black beans, pepper and onion pico, and sour orange vinaigrette.
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Cheese Please in Tampa, Florida is great because… they have a lot of gourmet cheese. There are 90 different kinds including Dutch potato chip goat Gouda, aged Italian pecorino with truffles, British sticky toffee cheddar and Jamaican jerk cheddar perfectly paired with charcuterie, olives, nuts and honey. The wine bar section is actually called “Clooney’s Bar” — yes, as in George Clooney. It’s unclear whether or not the movie star actually has anything to do with this place (he probably doesn’t), but his face is prominently featured on a prayer candle and someone taped a bunch of photos of him on the wall behind the bar. Hey, we could never complain about that.
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Angel’s Envy is a non-traditional bourbon finished in port casks. The distillery is run by the Henderson family and is heavily influenced by the late Lincoln Henderson, a former master distiller for Woodford Reserve. Though he passed in 2013, his signature can still be found on bottles today. Guests can sign up for a tour of the facilities, which includes a visit to the bar and tasting room. It’s only $20! You can also bottle your own whiskey right from the source, take a cocktail class or host your own event here.
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Alps Village is a little taste of Europe in the U.S. The family-owned bar and restaurant is located in the heart of Palm Desert. Like the Golden State itself, Alps has a warm atmosphere where Californians can indulge German-inspired cheese fondue, cabbage rolls, goulash fries, chicken paprikash, Wiener schnitzel and bratwurst pizza with a frosty mug of beer, a cocktail or a glass of wine.
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This whiskey bar was born from unfortunate circumstances. When George Stranahan’s barn caught on fire, volunteer firefighter Jess Graber responded to the call. After the blaze was extinguished, the two found that they both shared a passion for the Colorado outdoors and fine whiskey. Together, they created the distillery-bar and began bottling small-batch American single malt. Stop by the lounge for a cocktail or take the VIP tour. The incredible staff will teach you all about the facilities and the industry as a whole, and they’ll even let you in on how to properly sip whiskey.
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This cocktail bar in Denver, Colorado, is intimate, old-fashioned and classy with speakeasy vibes above ground. Union Lodge No. 1 transports you to a time before Prohibition with both its décor and drinks list. Guests here love the Knickerbocker, a drink that originated in New York City sometime in the mid-1800s. This refreshing recipe features rum, sour raspberry, lemonade and sparkling wine. Boozehounds looking for something stiffer should order the old fashioned, which one person said was so strong it “grew a little hair on my chest!”
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Vines & Hops features 20 draft beers local to Arizona, plus some additional microbrew beers by the bottle and an extensive list of wines from the West Coast and beyond. To compliment a cold pint or flight of vino, there is a light bites menu with solid small plates including burrata and pesto with aged balsamic and toast, jalapeño and artichoke dip, cheese and charcuterie, and grilled cheese on sourdough with tomato and piquillo peppers. Guests note that the Scottsdale wine bar is delightfully dog-friendly. Your four-legged pal has to hang with you on the shaded patio, but he’ll get his own bowl of water and lots of pets.
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If you’re looking for variety and a big selection of beers and maybe a new pair of sneakers, run, don’t walk, to The Running Shop and Hops in Morgan Hill, California. There are 86 craft brews on tap at this veteran-owned tap room at all times. Seriously, 86! Offerings are always changing, though, but you can check out what’s pouring now on Untappd. Bring your dog and hang out on the heated outdoor patio or come inside for a friendly game of darts, jumbo Jenga, chess, shuffleboard or foosball. Hungry guests are invited to bring their own food.
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J Karaoke Bar is a super-cool late-night singing lounge serving quirky mixed drinks and Asian-American eats. One reservation people have about Las Vegas is that hangouts often have that lingering smell of cigarettes, but this one is smoke-free. The long-winded menu has bar food like fries, onion rings, calamari and popcorn chicken, plus bigger dishes like Korean-style short rib salad, crab and shrimp pasta, barbecue cream chicken, seafood ramen and fish cake soup. As far as drinks go, you can do bottle service, sip on soju cocktails and wine, share a pitcher of beer or enjoy $10 cocktails and crazy martinis.
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People can’t get enough of the feel in this speakeasy. One woman who stumbled in on accident even claims Hold Fast is “the best thing to happen to Hell’s Kitchen.” The open layout features romantic lighting, rustic brick walls and exposed piping, and the bar was crafted from reclaimed wood from the Coney Island boardwalk before Hurricane Sandy hit. Drink prices are standard for New York City, but during happy hour they’re dirt cheap. Every day until 8 p.m., select beer cans are $3; draft beers are $4; glasses of wine, well drinks and a shot of Cold Spell mint-flavored whiskey are $6; and a beer and a shot combo is $8. The food here is fancier than one might suspect, but it won’t break the bank. Get two tacos for $8, dry-rub wings for $11, chicken and waffles for $13 or a classic burger for $14.
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Union Beer Store is a taproom, beer market and growler bar with great food and even better drinks. The hybrid bar and bottle shop was founded by former owners of Miami Brew Bus and husband-and-wife duo David and Cici Rodriguez, who have been hailed for having the best beer selection in all of Magic City. Bar bites are limited to the bare essential popcorn, beef jerky and trail mix, but there’s also an incredible Mexican food pop-up in the back called El Punto by Tacos and Tattoos.
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The Miller’s Table is a small bar and restaurant in Oceanside, California, just a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean. The menu offers a rotating selection of craft beers and fine wines, which can be ordered by the glass or via sample flight. Pair them with small plates like sweet and spiced nuts, house-marinated olives and pickled veggies or a build-your-own grilled cheese sandwich with Gruyère, fontina, havarti, smoked Swiss or brie and you’re good to go. Staff will even curate your cheese and charcuterie plate to compliment the wine you’re drinking. But perhaps most importantly, the outdoor patio is canine-friendly.
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Vino Nostra is special to the people of Fullerton because of its friendly and attentive staff, intimate environment, delicious wines and fabulous light bites. Customers here rave about the $20 deal on wine flights (the selection is always changing) as well as the artisan meat and cheese plates, and various flatbread pizzas. Looking for the perfect date night spot in California? Bingo.
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This place is more of a fast-casual pizzeria than an actual bar, but it’s sought out by drinkers nonetheless. Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the best cities for beer lovers, which is why Fahrenheit Pizza & Brewhouse implemented a “pour your own beer” system. Some brews are made in house, but other local beers are also featured on tap. All pair perfectly with a slice or two of crispy New York-style pizza and delicious chicken wings.
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This gem in Maryland is cool for so many different reasons. First of all, Bar Liquorice is designed to feel as comfortable as a home, but it also has “the coolest birthday/house party ever” vibes. There are chandeliers above the bar, free rosemary popcorn spewing from a movie theater machine and old-school candies in jars for your grazing pleasure — even in the bathroom, just in case you want a Double Bubble after washing your hands. Most dishes from the kitchen come served on paper plates, which likely comes from the mantra of adored owner Jeff Cahill’s late mother: “Keep it simple, stupid!” According to Baltimore locals, you can leave your drink order up to the bartender by saying, “Make Me a Bicycle Clown,” but if you’re not big on surprises, spice things up with the “Tigers Love Pepper” with fresh cucumber and jalapeño puree, lime juice, jalapeño-infused vodka, ginger beer and a pinch of salt. Pro tip: Grab a spot in the lounge near the fireplace and thank us later.
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Social is a locally-owned underground cocktail bar (or speakeasy) in Fort Collins, Colorado, an hour north of Denver. Guests are welcomed by an old-timey street clock at the top of a well-lit stairwell leading them to a cool-as-a-cucumber modernized industrial atmosphere with sommelier-selected wines and high-quality handcrafted cocktails that are more affordable than at other praiseworthy mixology bars like The Aviary and The Dead Rabbit. At Social, the Lavender Sour with vodka, ginger cognac and house-infused lavender sour is a fan favorite. Neat “throwback” drinks are served in glassware from the decade they were created, and all guests seated prior to 8 p.m. are offered one complimentary aperitif. Free Negroni, anyone? Bar bites include cheese and charcuterie, pulled pork sliders, roasted beet salad, smoked salmon pate, blistered shishito peppers and beef carpaccio.
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In third place is Common Stock, a restaurant in San Diego that serves a small menu of nostalgic American food ranging from cheeseburgers and Nashville hot chicken to barbecue pork fillet and prime flat iron steak. As far as the bar goes, there’s a decent selection of red, white, rose and sparkling wines; palomas, spicy serrano pepper margaritas, mimosas and peach bellinis; and craft beers. You can even buy the kitchen a six-pack.
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The runner-up for most popular bar in America is quite literally called “A Simple Bar.” People outside of Los Angeles in Studio City come to this lively, semi-small California club to drink and dance (although there is no designated dance floor). One of the most attractive qualities about this place is that happy hour is every single day from 5 to 8 p.m. Boozers can get two for one well and specialty drinks including the fan-favorite Isuki Sour made with Suntory Toki whisky, lychee simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The daily deal is also good for $5 house wine and $1 off all beers including simple selections like Lagunitas IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Blue Moon, Angry Orchard, Guinness, Heineken, Bud Light and Stella Artois. It’s always pretty busy on the weekends, but on Sundays and weekdays it’s the perfect place to catch a game on the big screen.
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The most popular watering hole in America is a cozy wine bar in Anaheim, California. Colony Wine Merchant is run by Sonya Villegas-Kelsen and her husband Mike, a talented guitarist and singer who often performs for guests at the bar. The wine list — curated by Sonya — has a thoughtful focus on small, family-owned producers in the Golden State, plus occasional imports from neighboring states Oregon and Washington available via single pour or flight. Non-vino drinkers can belly up with hard cider or domestic and international craft beers. Should you bring your appetite, the steak tartare, melt-in-your-mouth cheese and charcuterie boards, and smoked duck and peach salad are “to die for. Now that you know where to drink, it's only fair to tell you about the best restaurants in America.
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