Bars

The tavern, saloon, public house, or bar occupies a key position in the development of society, dating back to ancient Babylon at least. From ancient times to the present, these were places for travelers and workers to eat, drink, relax, and socialize. Bars have been crucial gathering places throughout history; it’s said that the American Revolution got its start in the bars of Boston — alcohol specifically fueling the flames of independence. This section of the site comprises reviews of bars around the world — including bars focused on wine, beer, and (particularly) cocktails. If the bar is part of a restaurant, we’ll often cover the food offerings there, too.

Top Bar Posts:

Tasting the Classic Cocktails of New Orleans
Where to Drink in Asheville, North Carolina
Tyge & Sessil, Stockholm
The 404 Nashville
The Chandelier Lounge at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Dining with Sammy Hagar at El Paseo’s Wine Collectors’ Dinner

Tasting Report: Jack Rose Premier Drams 2022

By Drew Beard | August 5, 2022 |

It was a terrible, no-good two years for in-person spirits events (make that in-person events of any kind), but things are finally, thankfully starting to return to normal. Chris noted (with some surprise) that Whiskies of the World held its San Francisco event last fall but at a reduced scale. Washington, D.C.’s famous Jack Rose…

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Bar Review: The Bungalow Kitchen, Tiburon, California

By Christopher Null | July 14, 2022 |

One doesn’t typically expect DJs and bottle service in the sleepy town of Tiburon, right across the water from San Francisco, but that’s what’s on tap after hours at this luxe restaurant and bar, launched by SF scene-maker Michael Mina and partner Brent Bolthouse. The Bungalow Kitchen invited Drinkhacker to sample its wares on a…

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Bar Review: The Garden & Gun Club at Stitzel-Weller Distillery

By Drew Beard | June 19, 2022 |

Making whiskey is an industrial process, dirty and noisy and smelly. But you’d be hard pressed to find any of that on the modern Bourbon Trail. The entire Blue Grass State has become a veritable Disneyland of gleaming visitors’ centers and sparkling rickhouses, increasingly too clean to be mistaken for what they truly are: whiskey…

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Bar Review: Easy Rider, Petaluma, California

By Christopher Null | March 1, 2022 |

Petaluma is one of the gateway towns leading to California’s wine country, and it’s a surprisingly bustling little burg with a vibrant, river-set downtown. Packed with bars and restaurants, there’s no shortage of selections when it comes to going out. The latest fixture in Petaluma is Easy Rider, a southern-inspired restaurant that, on a recent…

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(Pop-Up) Bar Review: The Casa Lolea Experience, New York

By Monica Uhm | October 14, 2021 |

Casa Lolea sangria recently made a one-night appearance by taking over a swanky rooftop bar at the new The Dominick Hotel in New York City to feature is ready-to-drink line of frizzante sangrias. This ‘pop-up’ destination was adorned with neon, rosey-palette lights glistening over a wading pool, polka dot beanbags and balloons, a mix of…

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Bar Review: Izzy’s Steakhouse, San Francisco

By Christopher Null | October 4, 2021 |

Izzy’s may be foremost a steakhouse, but it’s also got a thriving bar operation that includes seasonal cocktails and — surprisingly — one of the best by-the-glass wine programs in San Francisco. You can enjoy your libations here alongside a slab of beef outdoors in its extensive parklet or at the sizeable indoor bar. Both…

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Bar Review: Summit the Rooftop at the Conrad, Washington, D.C.

By Christopher Null | September 9, 2021 |

Few locations feel as decadent as a bar on the roof of a hotel. OK, maybe a pool on the rooftop is even better, but a bar is awfully close. In the heart of Washington, D.C.’s capitol district you’ll find the Conrad Hotel — a luxe Hilton property with excellent views of the top sights…

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Bar Review: Gupshup, Manhattan, New York City

By David Tao | August 25, 2021 |

In Manhattan, there’s a four-block stretch along Lexington Avenue many have come to affectionately call “Curry Hill,” no doubt due to the extensive (and diverse) selection of Indian restaurants, cafes, bars, and specialty food shops. While Curry Hill has earned its reputation as a locus of great food and drinks, there’s a spirits-forward highlight ten…

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Bar Review: Kokomo, Williamsburg, New York City

By David Tao | May 13, 2021 |

Sometimes, you just need to get away. And when a tropical paradise seems out of reach, we often find ourselves searching for the next-best proxy. For New York City residents looking for a more temporary escape, Williamsburg’s Kokomo is a worthwhile consideration — at least when cravings call for sweeter drinks and bolder, spicier dishes.…

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Travel Bar Whiskey Selection

Bar Review: Travel Bar, Brooklyn, New York

By David Tao | April 21, 2021 |

In the hospitality world, there’s often tension between being the best and being accessible. (It’s not so different in the spirits world.) A bar can be superlative in one category — renowned for their cocktails, or perhaps a nearly-unparalleled whiskey selection — or it can be beloved by neighborhood locals, offering great pours without the…

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