Drink Here Now 2015

173 bars. 12 categories. 44 cities. Welcome to Liquor.com’s Drink Here Now, a celebration of the country’s greatest, most distinctive bars.

To select the winners, we enlisted some of the most knowledgeable and influential drink-world people around. Then we put them to work pinpointing the essential places to drink in the USA at this moment in 12 categories:

Together, the winners create a snapshot of American drinking culture in 2015. Choose a city and find a new favorite bar. Or pick a category and check out the awardees from across the nation. Or just get lost in the map.

Drink Here Now is not only about the newest, and it’s not about the best. It’s about the smartest, the most thoughtful, the bleeding edge, the tried-and-true. The places that matter most—right now.

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1.  27

WHY HERE: 27's historic setting in a rustic yet cozy house just off the Freehand Hotel's courtyard is the perfect respite.…
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2.  ABV

WHY HERE: Backed by an all-star bench of cocktail gurus, this “bar designed by bartenders” has an easy vibe and standout…
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3.  Acorn

WHY HERE: Co-owner and beverage director Bryan Dayton, who spent years working at the award-winning Frasca in Boulder, designs his cocktail…
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4.  ANGEL’S SHARE

WHY HERE: You have to know where it is, upstairs and secreted within a restaurant. This Japanese-style bar is arguably the…
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5.  Anvil Bar & Refuge

WHY HERE: One of the first bars to put Texas on the craft-cocktail map, this friendly bar—with a strong beer list…
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6.  ATTABOY

WHY HERE: Located in the former Milk & Honey space since 2013, Attaboy kept the refinement—and excellent cocktails, like Sam Ross’s…
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7.  The Aviary

WHY HERE: This swanky bar is one of the country’s most envelope-pushing, with a state-of-the-art kitchen for drink prep and a…
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8.  The Baldwin

WHY HERE: A Sichuan restaurant. In a colonial mansion built in 1661. With two hidden cocktail bars. Each with its own…
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9.  Bar Deville

WHY HERE: Since it opened, Deville has drawn people for quality cocktails and craft beers in a laid back setting. That…
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10.  Barmini

WHY HERE: Barmini might live up to its diminutive name when it comes to venue size, but the imagination behind each…
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11.  Barrio

WHY HERE: Barrio’s massive wrap-around bar is a Seattle destination, packed with tequila, mezcal and American whiskies. WHY NOW: Barrio’s bartenders…
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12.  BATHTUB GIN NYC

WHY HERE: A veteran of Manhattan’s speakeasy boom, Bathtub Gin lurks behind a tiny coffee shop in Chelsea. Once you make…
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13.  Bathtub Gin Seattle

WHY HERE: Slip into a Belltown back alley to Bathtub Gin, a speakeasy-style basement bar marked by brick walls and dark…
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14.  The Betty

WHY HERE: A perfect blend of bar, lounge and restaurant, the Betty offers a gorgeously designed, relaxed setting for enjoying beverage…
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15.  Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

WHY HERE: All industrial chic, exposed brick, concrete and lofty ceilings, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is a Phoenix stop for…
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16.  Boilermaker

WHY HERE: Opened in September 2014 by rockstar bartender Erick Castro, Don Lee, cocktail historian Greg Boehm of Cocktail Kingdom and…
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17.  Booker and Dax

WHY HERE: Booker and Dax owner Dave Arnold is nothing if not one of the most inventive, fearless drink makers in…
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18.  BOURBON & BRANCH

WHY HERE: Unmarked outside and dimly lit inside, and with a warren of secret bars hidden within, no wonder some have…
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19.  The Brandy Library

WHY HERE: The Brandy Library offers much more than a collection of everyone’s favorite snifter-ready spirit. The bar’s clubby, 1930s vibe,…
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20.  The Broken Shaker

WHY HERE: Though the physical five-seat bar is tiny, the expansive patio and pool area allow guests to sip stylish cocktails…
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21.  BRYANT’S COCKTAIL LOUNGE

WHY HERE: Open since 1938, Bryant’s is officially Milwaukee’s oldest cocktail lounge, with subdued lighting and an astonishing 400-deep cocktail list.…
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22.  THE BUENA VISTA CAFE

WHY HERE: First opening as a saloon in 1916, the Buena Vista is best known for popularizing Irish coffee in the…
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23.  Caña Rum Bar

WHY HERE: An annual $20 membership at this downtown rum den gets you and up to seven friends access to more…
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24.  Cane & Table

WHY HERE: Since it opened in 2013, Cane & Table and its spin on the tiki movement—dubbed “proto-tiki”—have demonstrated how the…
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25.  Canon

WHY HERE: Home to the western hemisphere's largest collection of spirits (3,500 labels and ever-growing), Canon offers a drink option to…
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26.  Chestnut Club

WHY HERE: This stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard was a wasteland for cocktail-serious bars. Now, it’s home to the first bar…
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27.  CIENFUEGOS

WHY HERE: Located above bitters tasting room Amor y Amargo, this breezy, brightly-colored East Village bar is an homage to Cuba…
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28.  The Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar

WHY HERE: A sophisticated tavern that holds the promise of both fine liquor (over 200 whiskeys) and a keen selection of…
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29.  CLOVER CLUB

WHY HERE: Clover Club continues to rack up awards for great drinks and outstanding service after nightfall. For those who don’t…
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30.  Clyde Common

WHY HERE: Clyde Common has been leading the craft-cocktail charge since long before the term graced the lips of every drinking…
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31.  Cole’s

WHY HERE: Cole’s has been operating in the downtown Historic Core neighborhood since 1908 and claims to have invented the French…
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32.  COMSTOCK SALOON

WHY HERE: Comstock Saloon’s 1907 building on the historic Barbary Coast trail evokes that era down to antique mahogany bars in…
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33.  Copa d’Oro

WHY HERE: Italy-born barman Vincenzo Marianella opened this bar near the touristy Third Street Promenade in 2006, rattling the cage of…
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34.  Coqueta

WHY HERE: Michael Chiarello’s upscale Spanish restaurant is set on the water with striking Bay views from a bar that conjures…
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35.  The Crunkleton

WHY HERE: In college towns, most bars are better known for their beer-sticky floors than for oozing class. In Chapel Hill,…
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36.  Cure

WHY HERE: A pioneer of the New Orleans craft-cocktail scene in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Cure’s sleek ambiance and commitment…
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37.  DADDY-O

WHY HERE: It might look like just a dive bar, but the cocktails are a cut above. So, too, is the…
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38.  Dan’s Cafe

WHY HERE: An Adams Morgan bar unlike any other, the yellowed and slightly dingy charm of Dan’s Café is a throwback…
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39.  THE DEAD RABBIT

WHY HERE: Housed in a historic building in lower Manhattan, The Dead Rabbit has quickly become a craft-cocktail powerhouse, racking up…
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40.  Dear Irving

WHY HERE: This new lounge lies in the heart of New York City, near Union Square. It was opened in mid-2014…
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41.  DEATH & CO.

WHY HERE: The cocktail world owes a great deal to this iconic space, where now-standard speakeasy trademarks like unmarked entrances, ice…
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42.  Delilah’s

WHY HERE: With its punk rock vibe and selection of over 300 whiskey options, Delilah’s combination of neighborhood dive bar feel…
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43.  Dirty Habit

WHY HERE: Hidden on the fifth floor of the Hotel Zelos, Dirty Habit’s inviting patio and chic, dim interior house a…
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44.  Donn’s Depot

WHY HERE: Located inside an old train depot, Donn’s Depot has bearhugged its railroad ambiance since opening in 1972. Locals flock…
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45.  The Drifter

WHY HERE: A boundary-pushing bar with turn-of-the-century occult overtones (i.e., a slogan that admonishes, “Fortune favors the freaks”), The Drifter is…
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46.  DRINK

WHY HERE: Barbara Lynch’s spare, industrial-style South Boston outpost has launched a host of influential bar talent, including Misty Kalkofen and…
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47.  The Drinking Fountain

WHY HERE: An out-and-out, locals only bar in Jamaica Plain, The Drinking Fountain is the kind of place that welcomes drinking…
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48.  The Druid

WHY HERE: Stepping inside is like traveling to a bar in Ireland. With live, traditional music on Tuesdays and Saturdays and…
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49.  Dunville’s

WHY HERE: An easygoing spot that’s been catering to the nearby beer-and-a-shot loving crowd since 1993, Dunville’s has polished its drinks…
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50.  DUTCH KILLS

WHY HERE: This Queens cocktail den jumpstarted Long Island City’s now-thriving nightlife scene when it opened in 2009, serving throwback-style cocktails…
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51.  EASTERN STANDARD

WHY HERE: This American brasserie in Kenmore Square's Commonwealth Hotel is known equally for great food and exceptional drinks. WHY NOW:…
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52.  El Carmen

WHY HERE: This historic Mexican cantina, which has been around since the ’50s and updated in the ’90s, remains a constant…
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53.  Elixir

WHY HERE: Opened as a saloon in 1858, Elixir’s historic space is run by H. Joseph Ehrmann, who has collected an…
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54.  EMPLOYEES ONLY

WHY HERE: Since 2004, EO, as it’s known, has been the model for profitable craft cocktail bars: serious, high-octane cocktails and…
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55.  Erin Rose

WHY HERE: A French Quarter dive that’s long been a late-night favorite with bartenders and chefs alike, Erin Rose has an…
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56.  THE ESQUIRE TAVERN

WHY HERE: Established in 1933 to celebrate the end of Prohibition, The Esquire Tavern is home to the longest wooden bartop…
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57.  EXTRA FANCY

WHY HERE: The bar team may have trained with the Employees Only empire and the chef’s seafood-y pedigree includes time cooking…
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58.  Fairweather

WHY HERE: A shiny new patio bar perched above the ever-popular restaurant Rare Form, Fairweather slings tropical drinks with a Southern…
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59.  Finn McCool’s

WHY HERE: Regulars quickly become family at Finn McCool’s, a true local’s bar owned and operated by Belfast ex-pats. Barkeeps are…
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60.  FLATIRON LOUNGE

WHY HERE: New York City bartending impresario Julie Reiner opened this bar in 2003, bringing well-made drinks in a jazz-age styled…
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61.  The Flintridge Proper

WHY HERE: With over 200 different bottles of gin, The Proper is located far from the central hub in La Canada…
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62.  French 75

WHY HERE: The bar offshoot of Arnaud’s Restaurant, the New Orleans institution that’s been serving refined Creole fare for upwards of…
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63.  Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon

WHY HERE: A classic Texas honky tonk famous for its revolving list of top-tier country-western artists, Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon is…
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64.  Goodkind

WHY HERE: Taking advantage of seasonal Midwestern ingredients, the kitchen and bar team to create of-the-moment drinks that pair perfectly with…
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65.  GOWANUS YACHT CLUB

WHY HERE: This Carroll Gardens beer garden opened in 2002, before Smith Street became known as the hopping “Barmuda Triangle.” It’s…
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66.  Greenbush Bar

WHY HERE: Tucked in the basement of the Italian Workman’s Club in Madison, Greenbush’s low ceilings, drippy strings of multi-colored Christmas…
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67.  Hale Pele

WHY HERE: The man behind the B.G. Reynolds mixers line, Blair Reynolds’ tiki obsession is best expressed in his bar, Hale…
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68.  Half Step

WHY HERE: There’s no cocktail napkin left unturned at Half Step, where the bar’s attention to detail can be felt in…
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69.  The Happiest Hour

WHY HERE: This ’50s-style bar, co-founded by Pegu Club and Death & Co. veteran Jim Kearns, may look tiki, but its…
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70.  Hard Water

WHY HERE: Hard Water is a whiskey bar for those ready to drink the brown stuff in environs that eschew the…
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71.  HARVARD & STONE

WHY HERE: Known equally for live music and craft cocktails, this bar in a cavernous former factory space continues to pack…
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72.  Hawthorne

WHY HERE: The Hawthorne, located inside the stately Commonwealth Hotel, is a Boston destination for elegant cocktails. The bar is overseen…
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73.  HERBS & RYE

WHY HERE: Proving that Vegas doesn’t have to only mean glitzy casino culture, this velvet-wallpapered pre-Prohibition cocktail bar and late-night lounge…
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74.  THE HIDEOUT at DALVA

WHY HERE: The secret has long been out: The Hideout, hidden in the back of the comfortable dive Dalva, is a…
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75.  Honeycut

WHY HERE: Searching for the perfect spot in L.A. to cut loose and get a little weird on a giant, pulsating…
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76.  HUDSON MALONE

WHY HERE: Veteran barkeep Doug Quinn created this cozy ode to “a real New York joint” in 2013. The massive mahogany…
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77.  Husk

WHY HERE: Husk chef Sean Brock boasts one of the largest personal collections of rare and hard-to-find whiskies. This brown-water commitment…
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78.  The Ice Plant

WHY HERE: Bartenders hand-carve various ice forms from a 300-pound block of ice made from slow-frozen, filtered water in a bar…
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79.  IRISH BANK

WHY HERE: The Irish Bank is one continual pub party in a downtown San Francisco alley. Its regulars sip Guinness from…
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80.  J.J. Foley's Café

WHY HERE: Open since 1909, J.J. Foley's is the oldest family-owned bar in Massachusetts and quite the historical beacon. Boston's police…
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81.  Jack Rose

WHY HERE: Jack Rose might fancy itself just a sophisticated saloon, but with more than 1,800 bottles of bourbon, scotch and…
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82.  Jimmy’s: An American Restaurant and Bar

WHY HERE: Jimmy’s is a buzzy Aspen institution that prides itself on catering to a neighborhood crowd while still appealing to…
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83.  Julep

WHY HERE: Since opening in 2014, Julep has created a decidedly Southern space for Houstonites to explore fresh takes on classic…
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84.  Jumbo’s Clown Room

WHY HERE: This Hollywood neighborhood is hard-core, considering Jumbo’s its local watering hole with stiff drinks and tattooed strippers. Unlike most…
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85.  Kelly's Irish Times

WHY HERE: Since 1978, Kelly's has stood out as one of the nation's best Irish bars not only for its charm,…
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86.  Kimball House

WHY HERE: Respected Atlanta bartender Miles Macquarrie puts his stamp on yet another new hot spot, this one set inside a…
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87.  La Descarga

WHY HERE: The late-night burlesque shows and specialty cocktails may be the regular draw for swanky nightlifers to this East Hollywood…
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88.  Las Perlas

WHY HERE: Since 2010, Las Perlas has established itself as one of the preeminent tequila bars in LA. The growing tequila…
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89.  Latitude 29

WHY HERE: Latitude 29—owned and operated by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry—is the culmination of Beachbum’s decades-long commitment to (almost single-handedly) reviving tiki…
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90.  LITTLE BRANCH

WHY HERE: This dimly-lit, low-ceilinged bar is literally underground, giving it an ultra-cozy speakeasy feel ideal for an intimate rendezvous. WHY…
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91.  Long Island Bar

WHY HERE: Long Island Bar was a Cobble Hill fixture for more than 50 years before the original owners closed it…
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92.  LOST LAKE

WHY HERE: This new and innovative tiki bar is run by bartending vet Paul McGee, formerly of lauded Three Dots and…
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93.  Lucky’s Lounge

WHY HERE: A Rat Pack-themed joint in the burgeoning Fort Point neighborhood, Lucky’s Lounge has the kind of swanky, ’50s vibe…
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94.  Mac’s Club Deuce

WHY HERE: In a town that revolves heavily around the dancing and bottle-popping of the club scene, Club Deuce is a…
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95.  MADAM GENEVA

WHY HERE: Named for the 18th Century English term for gin, this alluring cocktail lounge is inspired by Southeast Asia and…
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96.  Mai-Kai

WHY HERE: Open since 1956, Mai-Kai continues to showcase Polynesian cuisine, culture and classic tiki cocktails with nightly live shows. Just…
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97.  Matador Room

WHY HERE: Set inside the revamped and re-imagined Matador Room at the Edition Hotel, the bar showcases ultra-fresh ingredients sourced by…
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98.  The Matchbox

WHY HERE: Because there are only about 20 seats and you can get one of the best margaritas (with a powdered-sugar…
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99.  Mayahuel

WHY HERE: Owners Philip Ward and Ravi DeRossi opened this moody spot after years of working in some of New York’s…
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100.  MCSORLEY’S OLD ALE HOUSE

WHY HERE: As much a cultural institution as a drinking one, this cash-only beer bar has been serving in the East…
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101.  Mezcaleria Oaxaca

WHY HERE: Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s laid back Queen Anne dining room and lively mezcal bar feel like a quick trip to Oaxaca,…
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102.  Midnight Rambler

WHY HERE: Midnight Rambler has a sophisticated, approachable vibe for drinking boozy cocktails with fresh ingredients—all in a space inspired by…
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103.  MOTHER’S RUIN

WHY HERE: Founded in 2011 by TJ Lynch and Richard Knapp, this Nolita gin joint is named for the 1800s nickname…
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104.  MULLEADY’S

WHY HERE: Travis Stanley-Jones took over this classic Irish pub in 2007, keeping the pub spirit alive, while upgrading the cocktails…
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105.  Multnomah Whiskey Library

WHY HERE: Multnomah Whiskey Library takes its role as a boozy “library” quite seriously, with floor-to-ceiling shelves lined with a jaw-dropping…
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106.  THE MUSSO & FRANK GRILL

WHY HERE: At this iconic Old Hollywood haunt, open since 1919, film execs reportedly came here to peruse scripts over an…
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107.  My Brother’s Bar

WHY HERE: The oldest continually operating bar in Denver, with a stellar beer selection and cozy vibe, My Brother’s Bar proves…
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108.  Napoleon House

WHY HERE: Yes, Napoleon House has a legendary Pimm’s Cup. Yes, it’s also home to one of the city’s best muffulettas.…
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109.  NITECAP

WHY HERE: This tiny cocktail spot under Schapiro’s restaurant, led by head bartender Natasha David, has become a favorite hang for…
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110.  No. 308

WHY HERE: At first glance, No. 308 looks like it might have ripped a page out of the “generic hipster bar”…
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111.  NOMAD BAR

WHY HERE: Helmed by Leo Robitschek, the original award-winning bar in the NoMad Hotel was almost too popular for its own…
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112.  NOPA

WHY HERE: Named for the Northern Panhandle area (NoPa), this decade-old local favorite leans heavily on the fresh and locally sourced,…
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113.  The Normandie Club

WHY HERE: It’s one of the only spots in the LA’s Koreatown for a well-crafted cocktail, thanks to a stellar lineup…
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114.  OLD TOWN BAR

WHY HERE: Glimpse New York’s past at this well-preserved tavern, opened in 1892 and still complete with a marble and mahogany…
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115.  Oliver’s Twist

WHY HERE: A lounge-like, bric-a-brac vibe lets people know that something quirky is afoot at Oliver’s Twist. The finely tuned cocktails…
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116.  Oyamel

WHY HERE: As you'd expect from a restaurant from celebrity chef José Andrés, the drinks are as fresh, seasonal and organic…
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117.  The Pastry War

WHY HERE: Here, it's not about making modern mezcal and tequila drinks. It's about paying homage to Mexican traditions and introducing…
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118.  PEGU CLUB

WHY HERE: Open since 2005, owner and self-described “cocktail mom” Audrey Saunders has since decamped to the West Coast. However, this…
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119.  Pen and Pencil Club

WHY HERE: The Pen and Pencil—in addition to being a mighty fine, century-old watering hole—is a real live press club for…
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120.  Pennyroyal

WHY HERE: Located in the Palladian Hotel, Pennyroyal opened in spring 2015, immediately drawing fans with its dignified rock-and-roll vibe. WHY…
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121.  Pépé Le Moko

WHY HERE: The subterranean sibling to cocktail heavyweight Clyde Common, the latest hotspot from bartending legend Jeffrey Morgenthaler feels like being…
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122.  PLANTER’S HOUSE

WHY HERE: Ted Kilgore, known for bringing craft cocktails to St. Louis, has assembled an impeccable staff in a space that…
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123.  PLEASE DON’T TELL (PDT)

WHY HERE: Since 2007, “Please Don’t Tell” has been one of New York’s buzziest bars and worst-kept secrets, with a secret…
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124.  Porco Lounge & Tiki Room

WHY HERE: An ideal destination if you're looking for a break from the self-seriousness of craft cocktail bars. The whimsy of…
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125.  Portland Hunt & Alpine Club

WHY HERE: A little piece of Scandinavia in coastal Maine, where fresh oysters, gravlax and pickled fish meld with creative drinks…
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126.  POURING RIBBONS

WHY HERE: Though only a few years old, this far-flung Avenue B lounge has become a destination for detail-oriented cocktails created…
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127.  PRIZEFIGHTER

WHY HERE: Created by a deep bench of Bay Area bartenders (Jon Santer, Dylan O’Brien, Polly Hancock), this sprawling, casual bar…
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128.  Proof

WHY HERE: When a bar takes ingredients that don't sound like should go together—pastis, cava, house ginger beer and Carpano Antica—and…
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129.  Proof + Pantry

WHY HERE: Cozy and intimate, Proof + Pantry targets its spirits program seasonally, focusing on rums and white spirits in summer…
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130.  PX

WHY HERE: Bartenders often open bars where they like to drink. In the case of award-winning mixologist Todd Thrasher, that bar…
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131.  THE REGENT COCKTAIL CLUB

WHY HERE: Located within the Gale Hotel, Miami mixologists Julio Cabrera, Angelo Viera and Danny Valdez create drinks in a speakeasy-style…
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132.  Road Soda

WHY HERE: A mobile bar in a tricked-out vintage Airstream that’s designed to boost any party and go anywhere and everywhere.…
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133.  ROB ROY

WHY HERE: Since 2009, this Belltown lounge helmed by proprietress and barkeep Anu Apte straddles the classics and whimsical new drinks…
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134.  Rumba

WHY HERE: With over 250 varieties, Rumba is a temple to all things rum—and a large collection of other cane spirits—all…
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135.  The Rum Club

WHY HERE: Gathered around Rum Club’s horseshoe bar, locals sip refined yet straightforward cocktails, often featuring—but not limited to—rum. One fine…
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136.  THE RUM HOUSE

WHY HERE: Revived by the masterminds behind craft cocktail bar Ward III, this warm drinking den feels a world away from…
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137.  The Rum Line

WHY HERE: What's steamier than drinking fresh, handcrafted rum-based cocktails on an outdoor terrace with palm trees under the stars? Doing…
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138.  RYE

WHY HERE: This Tenderloin area fixture, decked out in industrial-chic sleek wood and exposed brick, has a strong brown-spirits list and…
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139.  Saraveza

WHY HERE: With a jaw-dropping array of draft and bottled beer, Saraveza hits the bottle shop, beer garden and Midwestern comfort…
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140.  Saturn Bar

WHY HERE: A treasured, slightly dilapidated Bywater haunt that’s long been a favorite of in-the-know drinkers looking for a shot and…
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141.  Scofflaw

WHY HERE: You'll be hard pressed to find a better collection of high-quality small-batch gin anywhere, especially while also being served…
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142.  Seven Grand Los Angeles

WHY HERE: Both Seven Grand locations have quickly blossomed into destination locales for Californians seeking an expansive whiskey bar with a…
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143.  Seven Grand San Diego

WHY HERE: Both Seven Grand locations have quickly blossomed into destination locales for Californians seeking an expansive whiskey bar with a…
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144.  Shorty’s

WHY HERE: Shorty’s is a Coney Island–inspired bar, complete with everything a boardwalk-loving drinker could desire—from neon-orange nacho cheese to pinball…
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145.  Silver Dollar

WHY HERE: Owner Larry Rice’s homage to all things brown liquor and the Bakersfield sound is a whiskey lover’s paradise served…
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146.  Single Shot Kitchen & Saloon

WHY HERE:Opened at the end of 2014, Single Shot pairs chef James Sherrill’s fancified pub food with draft wine, beer and…
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148.  Snake and Jake’s

WHY HERE: Snake and Jake’s is, perhaps, the dimly lit poster child for the perfect New Orleans dive bar, with legendary…
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149.  Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

WHY HERE: Specs’ is an institution and one of the country’s great dive bars. Located since 1968 in a tiny North…
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150.  Sportsman's Club

WHY HERE: A decades-old, classic neighborhood bar returned as a modern-day hip hang that retains its local roots, but adds cool…
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151.  Stateside

WHY HERE: This French-Vietnamese newcomer has the Capitol Hill neighborhood deservedly wound up. The family-style dishes are smart and the equally…
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152.  Summer Place

WHY HERE: This beloved dive has drawn regulars to downtown San Francisco for years. Suzy Gordon took over the intimate bar…
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153.  Sweetwater Social

WHY HERE: Into sports? Good luck finding another bar that puts its dedication to the big game right up there with…
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154.  SWIFT HIBERNIAN LOUNGE

WHY HERE: This decade-old lounge is beloved for its warm Irish hospitality and comforting ambience. Named for Jonathan Swift, the great…
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155.  TEARDROP LOUNGE

WHY HERE: Daniel Shoemaker opened the pioneering craft cocktail lounge in 2007, helping usher in the era of house-made syrups and…
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156.  Tequilas

WHY HERE: Since 1986, the white-tablecloth Tequilas has served the kind of food that owner David Suro enjoyed growing up near…
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157.  Three Clubs

WHY HERE: Unlike most bars in the area, Three Clubs—which has had cameos in Mad Men and Swingers—offers a chill, adult…
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158.  Three Dots and a Dash

WHY HERE: As tiki was heating up around the country, Three Dots stoked that fire with modern riffs on rum-based classics,…
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159.  Tiki-Ti

WHY HERE: This unassuming hole-in-the-wall bar in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood has a solid part in Tiki history. Tiki-Ti’s original owner,…
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160.  TILE BAR

WHY HERE: Named for the tiles scattered out front, this tiny East Village dive bar is famed for its cheap happy…
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161.  TOMMY’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

WHY HERE: Tommy’s celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and is now run by Julio Bermejo, Tommy’s son. You’ll find one…
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162.  TRICK DOG

WHY HERE: Helmed by Scott Baird and Josh Harris, the founders of the booze group the Bon Vivants, this forward-thinking bar…
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163.  Tujague’s

WHY HERE: The street immediately outside this New Orleans bar might be a tourist-heavy stretch full of beads and sugary daiquiris,…
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164.  The Unicorn

WHY HERE: First things first: The Unicorn is unabashedly carnival-themed. For those seeking a three-ringed good time, the funhouse-style ambiance is…
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165.  Vanguard

WHY HERE: A fresh arrival on the Milwaukee scene, The Vanguard aims to please locals and out-of-town guests alike by playing…
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166.  THE VARNISH

WHY HERE: Established in 2009, this dimly-lit, stylish speakeasy located within Cole’s French Dip downtown is known for indoctrinating the devil-may-care…
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167.  THE VELVET TANGO ROOM

WHY HERE: This is no faux speakeasy: In its past life, this bar hosted guests during Prohibition. There are bullet holes…
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168.  THE WAYLAND

WHY HERE: This laid-back Alphabet City barroom is known for live music, a strong cocktail menu, and food available into the…
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169.  WILLIAMS & GRAHAM

WHY HERE: A bookcase opens for entry to this hidden space, created by Sean Kenyon and Todd Colehour, noted for warm…
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170.  Windmill Lounge

WHY HERE: A giant, flashing neon windmill sits atop this well-known Dallas bar, where a stellar jukebox, karaoke and stiff—but thoughtful—cocktail…
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171.  The Woods

WHY HERE: With input from the entire staff—yes, even hosts, bouncers and servers—the Woods changes its entire cocktail menu monthly and…
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172.  ZIG ZAG CAFE

WHY HERE: This space, opened in 1999 and tucked beneath Pike Place Market, was known best for its beloved barkeep Murray…
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173.  ZZ's Clam Bar

WHY HERE: It’s rare for a bar to be instantly famous. For that, ZZ’s can thank its wunderkind overlord, Thomas Waugh.…
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