In a country as big as the USA, even the smallest towns are brimming with bars and pubs. But that doesn’t mean all of them are created equal – some of the best ones offer a mix of comforting ambiance, hefty pints, and savory pub grub. From a place that celebrates Irish history to a tavern that boasts the longest wooden bar in America, there are plenty of options to choose from.
The Daily Meal selects its top picks by examining the food, beer, and cocktail menus as well as the overall experience of a bar, taking into account everything from decor to the quality of the drinks. The list also considers a bar’s atmosphere and how it contributes to its community – whether by fostering a sense of place, hosting musicians, or helping people find a new home.
Located in a town that’s known for its ice hockey, the McSorley’s Old Ale House takes Irish knickknacks to the next level (including a telephone booth for leprechauns). It’s also been a drinking hole since 1933 and continues to draw crowds with live music on the weekends, proper drafts, and Guinness-battered onion rings.