| Alligator Lounge (Brooklyn, N.Y.) |
Big Buck Hunter Pro, a pool table, jukebox and free pizza: All you have to do is order a drink to get a free personal pie cooked to order in a brick oven (as if you needed more motivation to imbibe).
• Jbar (Chicago, Ill.)
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| Blackbird (Chicago, Ill.) |
The duo behind Blackbird, Paul Kahan and Donald J. Madia (also proprietors of Publican; see Best Restaurant Bar), claim to have been inspired by classic beer halls of the 1800s when designing their restaurant, but the atmosphere is about as modern as can be. The same holds true for the hand-crafted cocktails. Sip on any of the concoctions available on mixologist Kyle Fountaine's seasonal cocktail menu and luxuriate in the sensuous atmosphere; the rest is up to you.
• The Tar Pit (Los Angeles, Calif.)
• Marvin (Washington, D.C.)
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| The Woods (Brooklyn, N.Y.) |
With its million-dollar condos, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, isn’t the insular hipster enclave it once was, meaning that bars like The Woods now cater to a variety of types — as in, “What’s your type?” Weekend nights see a surging dance floor but also a more laidback crowd eating tacos at picnic tables outside.
• Local 16 (Washington, D.C.)
• Roger Room (Los Angeles, Calif.)
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| Nepenthe (Big Sur, Calif.) |
The only thing that improves this patio bar’s breathtaking views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur’s iconic coastline is that you get to enjoy it with a glass of wine or cocktail in hand.
• Top of the Hub (Boston, Mass.)
• Stratosphere Tower Air Bar (Las Vegas, Nev.)
• Crabby Joe's Deck and Grill (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
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| Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (New Orleans, La.) |
The oldest continually occupied bar in the United States, this place was once, according to legend, owned by the pirate Jean Lafitte. The tiny open air bar on Bourbon Street pours them cheap and fast to the point that you might actually start believing that you're seeing the ghosts said to frequent the place.
• Terrible's Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.)
• Barfly's (Austin, Texas)
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| Chateau Nightclub (Las Vegas, Nev.) |
Vegas is one of the best cities to spot celebs in: It’s smaller and more concentrated than LA or New York, and the star-power shines just as brightly. Whether it’s Khloe Kardashian Odom’s birthday party, the official Miss USA after-party, Akon's Memorial Day bash, or Samantha Ronson’s regular DJ set, Chateau Nightclub (at the Paris Hotel) is one place where you’ll see as many celebs onstage as you will partying in the crowd.
• Bar Centrale (New York, N.Y.)
• Roger Room (West Hollywood, Calif.)
• Four Seasons (Beverly Hills, Calif.)
• Tropicana Bar (Hollywood, Calif.)
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| Vino Volo (Oakland, Calif.) |
Significantly improve your airport layover experience by taking a seat at Vino Volo, where you can order a themed wine flight (as it were) of two to three glasses, including a ‘Sommelier Series’ showcasing top-of-the-line wines. Pair wines with a variety of small plates, artisan cheeses and dry-cured meats from the food menu.
• New Belgian Hub Bar and Grill (Denver, Colo.)
? Cibo (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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