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:: Best of 2010 - Top 50 Bars in the USA

Location: Multiple Locations  Washington  DC  usa  20066
Event Date: 1/8/2011
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Posted on 1/8/2011 by barfinderstaff
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image#1 - XS Nightclub - Las Vegas, NV - Monstrous nightclub that opened with Wynn's Encore. XS is the perfect name for this megaclub as it defines the decor, music, crowd and vibe in this Vegas hotspot.
#2 - McSorley's Old Ale House - New York, NY - McSorley's has been a drinking establishment in NYC since 1854, longer than any other bar, that serves 1 thing: Ale (now in Light or Dark). The walls are littered with historic photos and the floors with sawdust. It should be a historic landmark.
#3 - Baja Sharkeez- Hermosa Beach, CA Killer beach bar with a tiki/surf theme. Loud music and rockin crowds, tasty grub and drinks, and an inside-outside setup ideal for chillin out in the Cali sun.
#4 - Monk's Cafe - Philadelphia, PA - One of the best beer bars in the country, period. Monk's has been serving the world's best beers from their "Beer Bible" before it was mainstream. Oh yeah, their Belgian food menu is also fantastic (try the mussels).
#5 - The Zig Zag Cafe - Seattle, WA - Classic cocktail bar and restaurant specializing in fresh, innovative specialty cocktails served by some of the best bartenders on the planet, literally. This is more of an after work cocktail spot than a place that you party all night, but sometimes that is exactly what you are looking for.
#6 - Toronado - San Francisco, CA - Perhaps the most famous beer bar in the USA, maybe the planet. The bar itself may have a local dive feel to it, but the beer selection is out of this world (50 taps, always rotating).
#7 - Moon Nightclub - Las Vegas, NV - imagine a nightclub where the roof opens and you can see the open sky. Now put that club on top of the one of the greatest casinos around (The Palms). Mix in world-class DJ's and live acts with hot Vegas crowds and you have Moon.
#8 - The Bulldog - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans favorite spot for great draft and grub: 50 draft beers and 100's more in bottles + delicious food and a killer outside patio that is prime for lounging and pounding good beers.
#9 - Angel's Share - New York, NY - Elegant, exclusive drinking spot hidden deep inside a Japanese restaurant. Some of the city's best cocktails are poured here nightly. Remember: "No standing. No more than 4 people per table. No screaming."
#10 - Club La Vela - Panama City Beach, FL - Spring Breakers #1 Club destination attracts 1,000's of young partiers with live bands, DJ's, multiple theme rooms, a giant pool and drink specials that have poor college kids rocking without goin broke.
#11 - The Bigfoot Lodge - Los Angeles, CA - great changeup from the traditional LA scene, a log cabin themed bar and lounge with great music, amazing people and incredibly fun specialty cocktails (girl scout cookie, toasted marshmallow, sasquatch, etc).
#12 - Hamilton's Tavern - San Diego, CA - incredible Irish pub with pool table, incredible selection of beer, killer jukebox, friendly/fun staff members, and fun crowds - Free food, cheap prices and a ton of taps hanging from the roof like trophies.
#13 - The Great Lost Bear - Portland, ME - famous beer institution that has been serving patrons the finest craft beer and American grub in an environment that is as fun as it is delicious. 69 taps with over 50 craft brews.
#14 - Automatic Slim's - Miami Beach, FL - killer bar that charges no cover, rocks some of the best beats in SoBe from hip-hop to rock and everything in between. This is the kind of bar where people drink hard and dance harder until they realize it is 5:30AM and time to go home.
#15 - Snake and Jakes Christmas Club Lounge - New Orleans, LA - Best dive bar in New Orleans. Dark bar with cheap drinks and good music - Open till 7AM! Good luck finding it.
#16 - ALTITUDE Sky Lounge - San Diego, CA - Amazing views of PetCo Park Stadium, heat lamps and a fire pit for those who get chilly, casual environment in an upscale venue in the Gaslamp/East Village area. Oh yeah, NO COVER and great music/drinks.
#17 - Barney's Beanery - West Hollywood, CA - classic West Hollywood drinkery that has been keeping thirsty patrons satisfied for years with a delicious food, a nice beer selection, lots of TVs, pool tables, karaoke nights and their incredible happy hour.
#18 Nye's Polonaise Room - Minneapolis, MN - Polka lounge with live entertainment in a funky setting that has not changed much since opening their doors in the 1950's. Nye's continually "adds to the funky, indescribably irreverent personality of this section of town."
#19 - Fat Head's Saloon - Pittsburgh PA - Pittsburgh's finest sports bar also doubles as a brewery/beer bar. When you throw in their famous wings and sandwiches, you can understand why FatHead's is second to none in the Steel City.
#20 - Double Down Saloon - Las Vegas, NV - Their motto: "Shut Up and Drink". Always open, great live music, pool, pinball, hot chicks and gambling. Home of the Fabled "Ass Juice". Birthplace of the "Bacon Martini".
#21 - Seacrets - Ocean City, MD - Imagine a Jamaican resort with cabanas, beaches, live Reggae acts and DJ's, wild partiers, lots of sun and Caribbean food and drinks. Seacrets is a truly a party destination like no other.
#22 - The Aero Club Bar - San Diego CA - Dive bar with pool tables and a sick jukebox. Tons of beers on tap and open everyday from 2pm-2am - the classiest little dive bar you will find in the area.
#23 - d.b.a. - New Orleans, LA - Great live music 7 nights a week and one of the finest beer selections in New Orleans. Sister location in NYC isn't to shabby either!
#24 - Drink - Boston, MA - The finest cocktail lounge in Boston serves libations that are as fresh as the upscale crowd that files in every night. The line can get long and the prices are a little steep, but the drinks, service and good scene make it worth every penny.
#25 - Gallagher's Pub - San Diego, CA - Irish pub in Ocean Beach with tons of beer, wine and spirits, live music, DJ's, quiz night, great drink specials and a friendly staff that make it impossible to not come back.
#26 - The Starboard - Dewey Beach, DE - Beach bar with live music acts, a HUGE bloody mary bar, tons of TV's, drunken/wild crowds and a party vibe that is as energetic as anyway on the shore.
#27 - Kelly's Irish Times Pub - Washington, DC - A classic Irish pub with good food, fantastic drinks, energetic and friendly bartenders, a kick ass jukebox and walls that explore DC's rich history.
#28 - The Brewer's Art - Baltimore, MD - Beer institution that brews a few of their own beers and offers 100's of others to go with their seasonally changing menus and classy crowds.
#29 - Game On! - Atlantic City, NJ - Located on the beautiful Caesar's Pier, Game On! Is the best sports bar in AC, hands down. Feautres include over 90 TV's, a world-class sound system with resident DJ, great American fare and a mechanical bull.
#30 - Hogs & Heifers Saloon - Las Vegas, NV - Classic biker/dive bar with fantastic bartenders, cheap prices, and something different than the hustle and bustle of the Strip bars, clubs, and lounges.
#31 - The Ginger Man - Austin, TX - Amazing beer bar with more taps than your eye can see located right in the heart of the Warehouse District. One of many "Ginger Man" locations in Texas, the Austin Ginger Man is a great bar in a great city.
#32 -Fermentation Lounge - Tallahassee, FL - features over 100 craft beers and artisan wines in an intimate, mid-century setting. Best beer selection in Tallahassee. Live music. Knowledgeable, friendly bartenders.
#33 - The Big Hunt - Washington, DC - divey beer bar with amazing drink specials nightly, 20 rotating taps, a pool table, a fun/rowdy crowd and open late.
#34 - 21st Amendment - Boston, MA - located in the shadow of the State House on Beacon Hill, this historic tavern is a neighborhood drinking spot that has been satisfying working Bostonians for a long time.
#35 - Butter - San Francisco, CA - Dive Bar with microwaveable food, deep-fried twinkies, jello shots, beer bongs, canned beer, wild bartenders, loud music and, oh yeah, it is in a trailer - DJs and Karaoke add to the fun.
#36 - 1Oak - New York, NY - 1Oak is a sexy, upscale lounge and dance club that makes everyone feel like a VIP for the night. You will also hear some of the best music in the city here?and that is saying a lot.
#37 - Duff's Brooklyn - Brooklyn, NY - Duff's is a metal/rock/punk-inspired dive bar that specializes in "cool people/music, cheap drinks, and great service in an original, truly one of a kind environment." -
#38 - Green Parrot Bar - Key West, FL - Amazing neighborhood bar away from the touristy Duval Street area that offers patrons great live entertainment and strong, reasonably priced drinks. If you want to find a "real bar" in the Keys, you just found it.
#39 - Club Space - Miami Beach, FL - Three massive rooms including an open-air dance floor, world-class resident and guest DJ's, and parties that last well into the next day are just a few of the things that make Club Space the dominant nightclub force that has become in the last decade.
#40 - Marquee Nightclub - New York, NY - Ultra-lounge with upscale, luxe decor that is frequented by A-list celebs and VIP's weekly. Top-notch DJs and some of NY's hottest partiers make their way to Marquee on Saturday nights.
#41 - Casey Moran's Tavern - Chicago, IL - Wrigleyville sports bar that keeps the party going all the time, and brings it to the next level during Cubs home games across the street. The bar is big and offers patrons two outside patio areas, lots of tap beers, 30 big screen TVs and a good bar menu.
#42 - The Hideout - Seattle, WA - This artsy, modern cocktail lounge makes some of the finest drinks in the city and serves them in an environment that is laid-back and comfortable. The bartenders are out of this world.
#43 - The Map Room - Chicago, IL - A beer lover's paradise in Chicago that has been bringing the best beers around the world to Chicago since 1992. It is all about the beer at The Map Room - not DJ's, drink specials or bottle service.
#44 - Falling Rock Tap House - Denver, CO - 75+ beers on tap and 100's in bottles, a delicious food menu, friendly bartenders, pool tables, and one of the best "tap walls" you will ever see. If you love good beer or good bars, you will feel right at home here.
#45 - The Petrol Station - Houston, TX - A neighborhood bar specializing in fresh beer and food. Only have 16 taps (adding more) but they are always rotating and fresh. The bar itself is not very big, but it does have a large outside area that is great for dining and boozing.
#46 - The Shellback Tavern - Manhattan Beach, CA - classic surf-inspired dive bar located right off the Pier. They also have a great happy hour, decent bar food, cheap drinks, a great jukebox and a fun local crowd.
#47 - District Restaurant and Lounge - Washington DC - Upscale restaurant, luxury lounge & nightclub that allows partiers to experience the coziness of a lounge within the space of a nightclub - great DJ's/Live act's, theme nights, hot crowds, and some killer grub.
#48 - The Bayou Bar & Grill - Philadelphia, PA Heavy-drinking, 20-something crowd. Drink & food specials every night. Located in the heart of the Manayunk section of Philly with prices that make no sense in the year 2010.
#49 - Full Throttle Saloon - Sturgis, SD - this huge bar is a biker's paradise that sees it's biggest crowds during the annual bike rally. Think wild bikers, loud music, heavy drinking and whole lot of American fun.
#50 - Cherch Lounge - Fullerton, CA - sleek lounge with an eclectic food menu, innovative specialty cocktails, good DJ's and live entertainment and of course the delicious "Holy Water Shot".
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