What sets the best bars in North America apart from the rest of the world? Their devotion to all things craft—from intricate cocktails by master mixologists to top-notch wines and beers that move past the drab and same-old. Whether you’re knocking back Manhattans at the finest bars in NYC, exploring mezcalerías in Mexico City or sunning yourself on a terrasse in Montreal, the best bars in North America offer something for every imbiber. (Just be sure to pad your belly at the best restaurants in North America before you hit the town.)
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The best bars in NYC
Sip classic cocktails, craft beer and expert wine selections at these new drinking destinations and longtime favorites.
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The best bars in Los Angeles
Between these cocktail dens, neighborhood wine bars and some of the city’s best beers, you’ll never be thirsty again
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The best bars in Chicago
Raise your shot glass of Malört to the best damn watering holes in Chicago.
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The best bars in Miami
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Let’s raise a glass to the best bars in Miami—breezy rooftops, cozy wine bars and more great spots to drink up around town.
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The best bars in Boston
Our guide to the best bars in Boston includes cocktail lounges, wine bars, Irish pubs and dive bars.
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The best bars in Montreal
Cheers to the best bars in Montreal, a top shelf selection of the city’s key players in beer, wine, spirits and more.
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The best bars in Mexico City
From Roma and Juárez to Polanco, these bars are a must in Mexico City.
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The best bars in Atlanta
In town for a quick business trip? Head to some of the best lounges and bars in the region.
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The best bars in Austin
The best bars in Austin are those that include some reprieve from the heat, be it boozy patios, stunning rooftop lounges or AC-blasting newcomers.
The best bars in Dallas
Try the best bars in Dallas for ice-cold beer, imported tequila and frozen cocktails.
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The best bars in Key West
The days of pre-fab sour mix and oxidized vermouth have been all but washed out to sea.
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The best bars in Las Vegas
From laid-back dives to lavish destinations to intimate hideaways, Vegas has it all.
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The best bars in Nashville
Whether you want to sample some Tennessee whiskey or just grab a cold beer, we’ve got you.
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The best bars in New Orleans
Embrace of to-go drinks and non-stop partying (here, venues can stay open 24 hours a day!).
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The best bars in Orlando
From swanky wine bars and craft cocktail lounges to local breweries, the best bars in Orlando offer a little bit of everything.
The best bars in Philadelphia
Bartenders are eagerly waiting to shake you up an interesting cocktail or satisfy that beer craving.
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The best bars in San Francisco
Bars in San Francisco are crammed into every block of the 7×7.
The best bars in Seattle
What better way to deal with the city’s rain-prone weather than grabbing a drink (or three) at the best bars in Seattle?
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The best bars in Toronto
Patio hunting is a coveted summer pastime. In winter, curl up to a bar’s fireplace with a pint in hand.
The best bars in Vancouver
The best bars in Vancouver include breweries, cocktail lounges and even as-seen-on-TV dive bars
The best bars in Washington, D.C.
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Technically not in a state, the best bars in DC benefit from lawful loopholes that don’t affect the rest of the coutry.