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There’s something about a good bar that you just can’t put your finger on. It’s comfortable. It’s welcoming. The drinks are cold and the smiles are aplenty. And we’ve all got our favorite bars — whether it’s somewhere you went on a vacation or a local watering hole where your dad bought you your first beer, some place popped into your head when you read “best bar” in the headline.
Business Insider teamed up with Foursquare, an app that I’m surprised people still use, to take the top-rated bar in each state (and the District of Columbia) to put together their list of the best 51 bars in the United States.
Per Business Insider, the list is as follows:
ALABAMA: Parkside Café
ALASKA: Bear Tooth Grill
ARIZONA: Postino WineCafe
ARKANSAS: Capital Bar & Grill
CALIFORNIA: Soho House
COLORADO: My Brother’s Bar
CONNECTICUT: Local Kitchen and Beer Bar
DELAWARE: Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
FLORIDA: The Broken Shaker
GEORGIA: The Porter Beer Bar
HAWAII: REAL a gastropub
IDAHO: Bittercreek Alehouse
INDIANA: Twenty Tap
IOWA: El Bait Shop
KANSAS: The Peanut
KENTUCKY: The Silver Dollar
LOUISIANA: Bacchanal Wine
MAINE: Novare Res Bier Cafe
MARYLAND: The Brewer’s Art
MICHIGAN: Motor City Wine
MINNESOTA: Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub
MISSISSIPPI: Keg and Barrel
MISSOURI: Bier Station
NEBRASKA: Crescent Moon Ale House
NEVADA: Encore Beach Club
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Barley House Restaurant & Tavern
NEW JERSEY: Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House
NEW MEXICO: Anodyne
NEW YORK: Black Mountain Wine House
NORTH CAROLINA: Battery Park Book Exchange And Champagne Bar
NORTH DAKOTA: JL Beers
OKLAHOMA: Hodge’s Bend
OREGON: Valley Growlers
RHODE ISLAND: Mews Tavern
SOUTH CAROLINA: The Royal American
SOUTH DAKOTA: Monks House of Ale Repute
TENNESSEE: The Filling Station
TEXAS: Easy Tiger
UTAH: Lucky 13
VERMONT: Jax Food & Games
WASHINGTON, DC: barmini by José Andrés
WEST VIRGINIA: Mountain State Brewing Co.
WISCONSIN: Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge
WYOMING: The Crowbar and Grill
Alright, here are my takeaways — first off, I’ve only been to one of these (and two if you count going to Austin’s Topgolf and not the one in Virginia). It was Easy Tiger in Austin, which I can vouch for as being a phenomenal bar if you’re trying to eat some good food and tip back some Salty Dogs when you’re feeling the heat of a hangover.
Second of all, whoever rated the Michigan bar has clearly never been to The Pink Pony’s Patio on Mackinac Island, where the Miami Vices flow like wine and the view of Lake Huron tickles your senses.
And finally, Virginia needs to step their game up because having the packaged product as Topgolf for their “best” bar is just not a good look. Sure, I love getting hammered and hitting long drives, but come on. Figure it out.
Oh, and the bar in the photo? Nub’s Nob Pub in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Place gets lit. .
[via Business Insider]
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