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

Bar Review: White Cap, San Francisco

By Christopher Null | December 24, 2017 |

In San Francisco’s Outer Parkside district, one often gets the feeling that one has reached the literal end of the line. This is a beach community, but the water is so cold and the wind so brisk that spending much time on the beach is reserved only for die-hard surfers and masochists. (It’s so cold…

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Bar Review: The Silver Dollar, Louisville

By Drew Beard | December 7, 2017 |

While you’ll find The Silver Dollar on many lists of the best whiskey bars in the country, the impressive brown water offerings at this funky and casual spot are not even mentioned in the “About” section of their website. The bar is a take on a 1950s Bakersfield, California honky-tonk, complete with rustic décor (exposed…

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Bar Review: Tyge & Sessil, Stockholm

By Christopher Null | August 15, 2017 |

Looking for a good glass of wine in Stockholm? Chances are the local around the corner stocks a few French numbers, maybe a Portuguese and a few Italian bottles, and that’s about it. Those seeking something more adventurous need only venture to Tyge & Sessil, a new wine bar with one of the city’s most…

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Bar Review: Teleféric Barcelona Restaurant, Walnut Creek, California

By Kim Richards | June 18, 2017 |

Teleféric has three bars/restaurants in Spain. The one we visited in Walnut Creek, California is their first venture in the United States, having opened in January 2017. Their menu is filled with dishes from Barcelona, created by chefs from Spain. The pricing is a bit high, but worth it for a special luxury meal such…

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Bar Review: P.C.H., San Francisco

By Christopher Null | June 16, 2017 |

The Pacific Cocktail Haven, or P.C.H. as the sign reads out front, is a drinking establishment unlike many you’re likely to find in San Francisco. The operation has been serving drinks for nearly a year, operating near Union Square, out of the old Cantina space, but this was my first visit to what’s clearly home…

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Bar Review: Mezcalito, San Francisco

By Christopher Null | May 6, 2017 |

You needn’t think too hard to figure out what the spiritual focus of San Francisco’s Mezcalito, a bar and restaurant which opened seven months ago. It’s right there in the name. At a recent tasting, bar manager Adam Mangold walked us through a good chunk of the extensive cocktail list here, almost all of which…

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Bar Review: The 404 Nashville

By Christopher Null | March 8, 2017 |

Though barely three years old, The 404 has made a name for itself as one of the pre-eminent dining and drinking spots in Nashville, Tennessee. While you’ll find a real feast for the gourmet on the food menu, it’s the small bar space that Drinkhacker readers will definitely want to check out. Small? Yeah, it…

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A Visit to “Traditionally Irreverent” Laughing Monk Brewery

By Kim Richards | February 24, 2017 |

Laughing Monk Brewery, in San Francisco, California, celebrates its first anniversary this year on St. Patrick’s Day. Brewers Jeff Moakler and Andrew Casteel are both avid beer aficionados, having traveled in Belgium and starting out through home brewing. Jeff has several medals under his belt and worked as a Head Brewer for BJ’s Brewhouse. Their…

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A Visit to Moonlight Brewery’s Tap Room, Santa Rosa, California

By Kim Richards | January 14, 2017 |

Moonlight Brewery is located in Santa Rosa, California. While it is a small brewer, the brewery is best known for its beer Death and Taxes. We recently visited its tap room, which is on the brewery site. Unfortunately the brewers were not available to interview. However, the hosts of the tap room were very gracious and friendly,…

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Bar Review: The Chandelier Lounge at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

By Christopher Null | January 5, 2017 |

Las Vegas has no shortage of high-end drinking establishments, but stepping inside of a three-story-tall chandelier to get your drink on? Well, that’s still something even in an age of overblown glitz. If you want to know where you can find such a tempered glass and use it for your business, then check out these…

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