The bar. It’s where we go to relax, celebrate, hang with friends, catch the big game or otherwise hide away from the rest of the world for a while. Every state in our nation has a rainbow of watering holes treasured for remarkable beer selections, carefully-crafted cocktails, unforgettable customer service and beautifully designed, warm and welcoming environments. Is it even possible to accurately declare which ones are better than the rest?
To determine the absolute best bar in every single state and Washington, D.C., we looked at rankings and lists published by local and national outlets, reviews and customer feedback on sites such as Yelp, and the annually released “World’s 50 Best Bars” for 2018, which was decided by 510 drinks writers, bartenders and “cocktail aficionados” in 58 countries.
There’s no magic formula to finding one bar to represent a whole state. Some are the oldest or most famous, while others have highly sought-after signature cocktails or munchies. We’re confident that our finalists have those “it” factors that’ll entice you to throw one back, either in solitude or in the company of friends, at the best bar in your state.
Syjil Ashraf and Taylor Rock contributed to this article.