From famous watering holes to thriving lounges, America is full to the brim with bars and pubs. But which ones deserve a spot on your travel bucket list? We scoured the country in search of the best pubs to add to your drink and dine guide. These charming Irish, English and American-style establishments are home to a welcoming atmosphere, intimate entertainment and delicious food and drinks.
This tavern in New Orleans checks all the Irish pub boxes (hearty eats, proper pours of Guinness and plenty of live music) but it also prides itself on its community spirit, highlighting a video on its website that details how it helped bring people together after Hurricane Katrina. Finn’s also has a solid lineup of musicians, including some seasoned troubadours from Ireland, who play in the bar’s “listening room” on a regular basis.
The Black Horse London Pub is regarded as the smallest pub in San Francisco, and its tiny size (fire code limits it to 22 people) makes it a local favorite. It has an old-world feel, with leather furnishings and dark wood decor. The menu includes traditional British and Irish dishes, as well as a slew of wines, ales and whiskeys.
The Standard Tap in Philadelphia has a laidback vibe, and offers a great range of beers, including some exclusives, as well as traditional pub fare like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and corned beef Reuben fritters. It’s worth the trip for the ambiance alone, but the beer and food are excellent too.