Based on specific criteria and user ratings,
Foursquare has compiled a list of the best bars in America, broken down by state. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments! We’re obviously open to personally testing each and every one of your suggestions…
Alabama – Parkside Cafe
Parkside is known for its large garden and patio area, complete with picnic tables, a gazebo, and seating for large groups.
Alaska – Bear Tooth Grill
Bear Tooth has a wide variety of beers on tap, ranging from Hard Apple Ale to Chocolate Malts. It also offers half-gallon growlers that you can either purchase or refill, and a full bar serving drinks and wines by the glass.
Arizona – Postino Winecafe
Combine premiere wines, tasty food made with local ingredients, a hard-carved bar and a 1950s-era atmosphere and you get Postino.
Arkansas – Capital Bar & Grill
This award-winning bar focuses mainly on sought-after liquors that are made into handmade classics and custom cocktails.
California – Soho House
This exclusive LA bar offers deluxe cocktails with a panoramic view of the entire city and a rooftop garden that’s opened year round. They also sport The Luckman, where you can grab late-night drinks.
Colorado – My Brother’s Bar
My Brother’s Bar is a beloved neighborhood place that has been serving incredible burgers and beers to locals for years.
Connecticut – Local Kitchen and Beer Bar
With lobster waffles, pork-belly tacos and 30 craft beers on tap, Local Kitchen and Beer Bar has more than earned this title.
Delaware – Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
Not only does it offer unusual beers, but its food menu incorporates its brews as well. You’ll find pizzas topped with IPA-braised mushrooms and an IPA-battered codfish served with hop-pickle tartar sauce.
Florida – The Broken Shaker
The Broken Shaker focuses mainly on handcrafted cocktails with unique ingredients such as elixirs, syrups and garden herbs.
Georgia – The Porter Beer Bar
Beer enthusiasts flock to this spot, as it has over 800 beers. If you’re not in the mood for beer, it’s got a full cocktail menu, wines, whiskey, and liquor options.
Hawaii – REAL a gastropub
REAL a gastropub has 33 rotating taps, two beer engines, over 250 bottles, and a full cocktail bar. It serves dishes tapas-style, so you can share with a group and sample different flavors. Favorites include its duck-confit corn dogs and candied garlic bacon.
Idaho – Bittercreek Ale House
If you’re looking for a bar with plenty of beer selections, look no further than Bittercreek. With seasonal ingredients that include honey, dandelion, hazelnut, and apricot flavors, you won’t be bored with your drink selection here.
Illinois – Scofflaw
While it has a handful of craft beers and bar bites, Scofflaw mainly focuses on drinks that incorporate Gin. Its cozy nooks are perfect for snuggling up in, especially near the fireplace when the cold weather starts to hit.
Indiana – Twenty Tap
Twenty Tap features Twenty Below Brewing Co. in its basement, so there’s always a nice rotating selection of beers. They feature seasonal and experimental brews alongside eclectic pub foods, including poutine and beer-battered cheese curds.
Iowa – El Bait Shop
El Bait Shop has 178 beers on tap, 48 bottled selections, and five canned selections to choose from — as of their last update today.
Kansas – The Peanut
The Peanut is the oldest bar in Kansas City, and operated as a speakeasy before Prohibition was repealed.
Kentucky – The Silver Dollar
Boating the title of one of the 10 best whiskey bars in the nation, The Silver Dollar is quite the hot spot. Their menu includes everything from cocktails to root-beet bitters and coffee.
Louisiana – Bacchanal Wine
At Bacchanal Wine, you can enjoy fine wines while listening to some of New Orleans’ best original jazz. The bar hosts live music in its outdoor courtyard every night, and has a wine shop where you can find the perfect bottle to start off your night.
Maine – Novare Res Bier Cafe
Novare Res Bier Cafe serves all of the top beers within Maine, along with craft beers from around the world from its 25 rotating taps. Besides beer, the bar has various selections of tequila, single malts, and wines.
Maryland – The Brewer’s Art
The Brewer’s Art is an elegant drinking spot where you’ll find housemade brews, an extensive list of scotches and Irish whiskey, small-batch bourbon, and a variety of wines selected from the wine cellar.
Massachusetts – Backbar
Backbar is located right behind its sister restaurant, Journeyman, and features incredibly innovative drinks. Try the milk punch variations, which include brown spirits, citrus notes, sugar, and whole milk paired with spicy caramel popcorn.
Michigan – Motor City Wine
Motor City Wine is a wine bar and shop that carries wines from around the globe. During the week, the bar hosts wine tastings and jazz nights accompanied by selections of cheeses and cured meats.
Minnesota – Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub
Binkies features live entertainment, as well as craft beers, wines, cocktails and a menu full of hearty food. Make sure to try one of the comfort-food staples, like loaded nachos and an entire pound of french fries served hot and crispy.
Mississippi – Keg and Barrel
Keg and Barrel features of 120 different kinds of beers and is one of Mississippi’s top beer destinations. The tap wall boasts over 60 beers on draft, but it also has liquor and wine if beer isn’t your preference.
Missouri – Bier Station
There are 28 rotating taps at the bar, in addition to a rotating inventory of bottles that can be bought to go. It’s simplified but amazing bar food menu includes soft pretzels, sandwiches, handmade bratwurst, and cheese selections.
Montana – Plonk
Plonk is an upscale wine bar that features plush couches, original works of art and a private cellar. Aside from having plenty of wines, Plonk also offers sangria, sage margaritas and top-notch food.
Nebraska – Crescent Moon Ale House
With brews created by the Crescent Moon Alehouse, the bar offers over 60 different beers on draft and a menu that includes American pub favorites.
Nevada – Encore Beach Club
If you’re looking for the ultimate pool party, Encore Beach Club is a good place to start. Top DJs come here to perform for partiers, who dance in the club’s massive pool and alongside the stage.
New Hampshire – The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern
The local craft beers are paired with burgers that are ground fresh daily, brisket and pork smoked over applewood, and flavorful sausages.
New Jersey – Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House
The Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House boasts an impressive selection of craft beers and live entertainment.
New Mexico – Anodyne
This low-key bar is home to professional grade pool tables and a large selection of bourbons and beer. Its cozy atmosphere and friendly staff will make your happy you stopped in for a few.
New York – Black Mountain Wine House
Over 30 wines are offered by the glass or bottle, and the menu caters to both weathered and novice wine drinkers.
North Carolina – Battery Park Book Exchange And Champagne Bar
With granite-topped bars, plush furniture, and a selection of hundreds of wines and champagnes, you can enjoy perusing through the store’s thousands of books while enjoying a glass.
North Dakota – JL Beers
JL Beers is known for their stellar burgers and outstanding beer selections. They’ve got imported bottles from around the world and feature drinks known as ‘beertails’ such as the ‘Oatmeal Cookie – an oatmeal stout mixed with a splash of Lindemans Framboise (Raspberry) Lambic.
Ohio – Curio
You’ll feel like you’re stepping back into the Prohibition era as you admire old-school books, cash registers, and cocktails made with impeccable detail.
Oklahoma – Hodge’s Bend
Whether you go with their gin bowl or their Jamaican rum mixed with cognac and tea, you’re in for a boozy good time as Hodge’s Bend doesn’t shy away from strong drinks.
Oregon – Valley Growlers
Their constantly changing taps include 42 beers, ciders, wines and kombucha varieties.
Pennsylvania – Tria
Their menu changes seasonally and includes gourmet light bites like smoked duck salads and crispy prosciutto sandwiches. They’ve got a wide selection of wines that ranges from bold reds to smooth whites.
Rhode Island – Mews Tavern
Initially opened as a small fisherman’s tavern in 1947, Mews Tavern is a popular restaurant and bar covered in dollar bills and 69 craft beer taps today. The upstairs area is an authentic Celtic Pub filled with over 200 single malt scotches and 40 whiskeys and bourbons.
South Carolina – The Royal American
The Royal American is a bar, restaurant, and live music venue in downtown Charleston. You can catch live music while enjoying a beer, their housemade cinnamon whiskey, or one of their punch bowls: 32 ounces of rum, bourbon, or vodka served over crushed ice.
South Dakota – Monks House of Ale Repute
Beer connoisseurs rejoice! This casual bar is complete with 150 bottled beers which feature home-brewed and craft selections. Monks House is complete with a cozy fireplace, outdoor patio, and mouthwatering food.
Tennessee – The Filling Station
At The Filling Station, you can drop by and fill up a growler of your favorite beers. Their 12 South location has 24 craft beers on tap, which rotate based on the season and customer demand — so don’t be afraid to let them know which one’s your favorite.
Texas – Easy Tiger
Honestly, as new Texas transplants we’re already iffy on this one, but we’ll leave it to Austinites to voice their opinion. However, Easy Tiger does feature a pretty stellar beer selection, bakery, artisan sandwiches and outdoor area. They also boast an extensive amount of whiskey’s and craft cocktails.
Utah – Luck 13
Lucky 13 is known for their extensive amount of whiskey and beer, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, and their house-smoked bacon that’s served during Sunday brunches.
Vermont – Jax Food and Games
The bar hosts weekly entertainment, arcade games, and a pool table, so you can enjoy a chilled beer and a game. They’ve also got an outside deck where you can enjoy mountain views when the weather warms up.
Virginia – Topgolf
Topgolf offers its patrons a place to smash some golfballs and beer at the same time. Golf pros are on hand to offer you tips while you enjoy a glass of wine or a classic Old Fashioned. They’ve also got comfort foods like bacon mac’n’cheese spring rolls and pulled pork sliders.
Washington – Canon
Creative craft cocktails are the name of the game at Canon, where they flaunt over 3,500 labels of spirits total. Their drink menu includes eclectic mixes like the “Bitter Petals”, which is made with gin, Byrrh, Campari, chocolate, flowers and bitters.
Washington, DC – barmini by José Andrés
This bar is known for being a culinary cocktail lab, where it serves up inventive chef-driven drinks you probably won’t find anywhere else. You can rent out the intimate space for up to 40 people and enjoy being taken on a whimsical cocktail experience filled with playful drinks.
West Virginia – Mountain State Brewing Co.
Wood-burning pizza ovens, fresh baked artisan bread and plenty of crisp brews on tap.
Wisconsin – Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
Operating since 1938, Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge is Milwaukee’s oldest lounge. They feature more than 450 cocktails to choose from, including ice cream concoctions, tiki-inspired drinks, classic cocktails, pre-Prohibition cocktails, and Depression-era cocktails.
Wyoming – The Crowbar and Grill
The ideal spot for drinks after a long day of work. Crowbar features a wide range of local, domestic, and imported drafts to choose from, as well as specialty cocktails and seasonal boutique beers.