The Top 10 Cocktail Bars in America

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	Drink Cocktail Bar in Boston

Drink Cocktail Bar in Boston 

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Jan 21, 2013 —  Beer is good. Simple, cheap, in a bottle or in a glass (we’re not picky); no one can deny the inherent beauty that awaits behind the crusty wooden borders of your basic bar. But sometimes you want more than just a bottle of Bud to fill the night, and this is where the wealth of wonderful U.S. cocktail bars comes into play.

You don’t have to go to a speakeasy to find a great cocktail bar in the U.S., though we certainly dig those Prohibition-era spots too, especially considering you can find one in just about every major city in the country these days.

And you don’t even necessarily have to pony up half a paycheck for an expertly made drink at a cocktail bar, either, because cocktail bars from San Francisco to New York all run the gamut from casual neighborhood joints to ultra-exclusive lounges.

Los Angeles cocktail bars cater to glammed-up celebrities as easily as they do broke hipsters. Washington, DC cocktail bars serve to college students as readily as congressmen. And Chicago cocktail bars can be velvet-roped on one block and feature T-shirt-clad regulars on the next (at least during the summer).

No matter where you are, a great glass of something unique, original, and downright tasty can be found nearby. And below is a list of 10 you should make a point of trying.

  • 1

    Bourbon & Branch

    Bar / Speakeasy

    Bourbon & Branch - Bar | Speakeasy in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    501 Jones Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    415‑346‑1735

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    The Barrelhouse Flat

    Cocktail Bar / Lounge

    The Barrelhouse Flat - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Chicago.
    Chicago

    2624 North Lincoln Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60614

    773‑857‑0421

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  • 3

    The Varnish

    Bar / Speakeasy

    The Varnish - Bar | Speakeasy in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    118 East 6th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90014

    213‑622‑9999

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    Death & Co.

    Bar / Lounge / Restaurant

    Death & Co. - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in New York.
    New York

    433 East 6th Street
    New York, NY 10009

    212‑388‑0882

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    Drink

    Cocktail Bar / Speakeasy

    Drink - Cocktail Bar | Speakeasy in Boston.
    Boston

    348 Congress Street
    Boston, MA 02210

    617‑695‑1806

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  • 6

    The Hideout at Dalva

    Cocktail Bar / Speakeasy

    The Hideout at Dalva - Cocktail Bar | Speakeasy in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    Dalva
    3121 16th Street
    San Francisco CA 94110

    415‑252‑7740

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  • 7

    The Aviary

    Cocktail Bar / Lounge

    The Aviary - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Chicago.
    Chicago

    955 West Fulton Market
    Chicago, IL 60607

    312‑226‑0868

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    Eastern Standard

    Cocktail Bar / Lounge / Restaurant

    Eastern Standard - Cocktail Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.
    Boston

    528 Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

    617‑532‑9100

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  • 9

    Booker and Dax at momofuku ssäm

    Cocktail Bar / Lounge

    Booker and Dax at momofuku ssäm - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in New York.
    New York

    207 2nd Avenue
    New York, NY 10003
    (entrance on 13th Street)

    212‑254‑3500

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  • 10

    The Gibson

    Cocktail Bar / Lounge

    The Gibson - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    2009 14th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    202‑232‑2156

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What are your favorite cocktail bars?

Samantha L. Jan 22, 2013
Son of a Peach from Booker and Dax - just so good.
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