The pub is a staple of American culture. These beer-centric taverns serve up hefty pints, hearty grub and a hefty dose of hospitality in a jovial atmosphere that can be hard to find in the hustle and bustle of today’s world.
The Daily Meal’s ranking of the best pub in the USA takes into account a bar’s food, beer selection and atmosphere. Their methodology also evaluates a pub’s fidelity to tradition and overall excellence.
While this list does not include the most popular bars in America, it does give you a glimpse into some of the country’s most well-loved watering holes. The Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire offers a warm English pub atmosphere and a wide array of refreshing brews to enjoy. If you’re feeling peckish, try one of their hearty dishes like the lobster mac and cheese or the salmon cooked three ways.
If you’re in the mood for a brewpub in the Midwest, head to Boise where the two locations of the Sockeye Brewing & Grill offer up a variety of traditional pub fare. Order the Sockeye salmon cakes and pair it with a Lonesome Larry Lager. Down the road in Maine, Ebenezer’s Pub is a holy land for Belgian beer that can be enjoyed alongside an equally sacred menu of Instagram-worthy small plates including veal pot pie and the classic dish of mussels and frites.
The oldest continuously operating tavern in the US is McGuire’s which opened in 1860. The bar exudes Old World character and serves a full menu of pub favorites and even throws an epic St. Patrick’s Day party.