10 Best Beer-Bars You've Been to...

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  1. shadyside

    shadyside Devotee (439) Feb 27, 2011 Georgia

    Krawl Off Duval - Key West
    JP Henley's - St. Augustine
    Crystal Beer Parlor - Savannah
    Closed For Business - Charleston, SC
    Raleigh Times - Raleigh
    Thirsty Monk (downtown) - Asheville
    Galaxy Hut - Arlington, VA
    Kelly's - Pittsburgh
    Sharp Edge - Pittsburgh
    McLadden's - Northampton, MA
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  2. Donco

    Donco Devotee (493) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    That's FANTASTIC information. Thanks! Too bad we only have 3 nights to go places. I DO have to also attend my conference:wink:
    P.S.: I'm basically a stout lover so I do need to keep some luggage "open" for bringing back some bottles, no?
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  3. kwakwhore

    kwakwhore Zealot (521) Nov 1, 2004 North Carolina

    Brick Store, Decatur GA
    Thirsty Monk, Asheville
    Barley's, Asheville
    Mr. Beery's, Sarasota
    Tyler's Taproom, Durham
    Mellow Mushroom, Asheville
    69 Taps, Akron OH
    Cigar City Taproom, Tampa
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  4. 1stand3rd

    1stand3rd Initiate (128) Mar 13, 2009 New Jersey

    No order, all great!

    Toronado - San Francisco
    Toronado - San Diego
    Neighborhood - San Diego
    Eulogy - Philadelphia
    Monk's - Philadelphia
    Tria - Philadelphia
    Church Key - DC
    Rattle 'n Hum - NYC
    Blind Tiger - NYC
    Mussel Bar - Revel Casino, Atlantic City
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  5. Mantooth

    Mantooth Meyvn (1,192) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina
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    Awesome - some local stuff I haven't hit yet. Selfishly I was hoping for some posts like this - though I love seeing them all. You guys are helping me plan my next vacation.
  6. Crashdown

    Crashdown Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012 Virginia

    Macgregors Grill & Tap Room - Henrietta NY (Right off RIT Campus)
    Churchkey - DC
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  7. swetsastonic

    swetsastonic Initiate (196) Mar 22, 2012 New Jersey

    agreed. I almost added the stone in union station, but I didn't want to include breweries and even though it's more bar than brewery, I tried to stay consistent. I love that place.
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  8. swetsastonic

    swetsastonic Initiate (196) Mar 22, 2012 New Jersey

    you should add fathom bistro bait and tackle to your list. it's on a fishing pier on shelter island overlooking downtown and has an amazingly well-curated list.

    full disclosure - it's a good friend's place, but I'd recommend it even if he were a dick. which, come to think of it, he kind of is.
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  9. DocHo11idaze

    DocHo11idaze Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 California

    Not going to list ten but one of my favorite a bit inland in Orange County, CA is out of the park pizza. Always a solid rotating selection, great tap takeovers with rares constantly and mind blowing pizza (the chuck Norris)
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  10. bouncepass

    bouncepass Disciple (384) Oct 3, 2006 California
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    6 non-breweries
    The Trappist - Oakland, CA
    City Beer Store - San Francisco, CA
    Lucky Baldwin's - Pasadena, CA
    Prohibition Pig - Waterbury, VT
    The Local - Coral Gables, FL
    Horse Brass Pub - Portland, OR

    4 breweries whose beer is hard(ish) to find elsewhere:
    Sante Adairius - Santa Cruz (er, Capitola), CA
    Rare Barrel - Berkeley, CA
    Russian River Brewing Co - Santa Rosa, CA
    Cascade Barrel House - Portland, OR

    Likely to crack this list once I visit:
    Mikkeller Bar - San Francisco, CA
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  11. MichaelGV

    MichaelGV Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2008 California

    Backcountry Pizza is a hidden jewel.
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  12. MichaelGV

    MichaelGV Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2008 California

    Waterbury, VT is a special place if you love beer
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  13. Mikecap

    Mikecap Champion (849) May 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Great thread, no order:

    Avenue Pub - NOLA
    Sunset Grill and Tap - Allston, MA
    Publick House - Brookline, MA
    Doherty's East Ave - Pawtucket, RI (also Doherty's Ale House in Warwick, RI)
    House for Beer - Port Orange, FL
    The Great Lost Bear - Portland, ME
    British Beer Company - Franklin, MA
    Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, FL
    Jack's Abby Brewing - Framingham, MA
    Portsmouth Brewery - Portsmouth, NH

    Off the head..I think that's my top 10
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  14. OkayBrendan

    OkayBrendan Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2014 Connecticut
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    I think most places have been mentioned, but I would like to add:

    Dieu du Ciel - Montreal
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  15. Mantooth

    Mantooth Meyvn (1,192) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina
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    I've got to say - I don't mind places being mentioned multiple times, at this point it just reinforces spots I need to add to my bucket list. I (maybe sadly) live to visit perfect bars and drink perfect beers. I've read every post in this thread... and will actually be trying a few pubs mentioned here within the next month. Keep em coming!
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  16. allouez86

    allouez86 Aspirant (203) Jan 24, 2009 Wisconsin

    Local Option - Chicago
    Happy Gnome - St. Paul, MN
    Ebenezer's - Lovell, Maine
    Novare Res - Portland, Maine
    Muddy Waters - Minneapolis, MN
    Burnhearts - Milwaukee, WI
    Palm Tavern - Milwaukee, WI
    Monks Cafe - Philadelphia, PA
    Eulogy Belgian Tavern- Philadelphia, PA
    APEX - Portland, OR

    11. Brasserie V - Madison, WI Can't believe I forgot to mention this place. Absolutely amazing place if you're looking for hard to get/slightly obscure findings. Love this place.
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  17. SloppyJoeWasAMan

    SloppyJoeWasAMan Aspirant (224) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    (No order)

    Of Love and Regret
    Hudson Street Stackhouse
    Golden Crust Pizza
    Prohibition Pig
    DFH Brewpub- Rehoboth
    DFH Brewpub- Gaithersburg

    (More than 10)
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  18. Rohkey

    Rohkey Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2013 Michigan

    Also I completely forgot about The Porch in Key West, FL. Really relaxed place, nice being able to take the beer basically out to the street or sit on a bench and people watch. Also very romantic at night with a lot of intimacy despite all the people around.
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  19. pmac100

    pmac100 Initiate (5) May 6, 2014 Pennsylvania

    New visitor here... this looked like a fun thread, wanted to put my own 2 cents in:

    Dogfish Head - Rehoboth Beach DE
    Lake Placid Pub and Brewery - NY
    Liberty Tavern - Allentown, PA
    The Bayou - Salt Lake City
    Pub St. Alexandre - Quebec City
    Skallywags - Kemah TX
    Fins - Rehoboth Beach DE
    Het Waterhuis - Ghent, Belgium
    Spinnerstown Hotel - Quakertown, PA
    Mellow Mushroom (any; I travel a lot for work, generally avoid chains, but consistently good food and tap selections)
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  20. reprob8

    reprob8 Initiate (94) May 22, 2008 United Kingdom (England)

    correct, Wildeman in Amsterdam, just a slip on my part. Yes Kulminator or Paters Vatje in Antwerp would be my choice, but there are far too many to consider
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  21. ParkerAE

    ParkerAE Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2013 California

    I haven't been to a whole lot. These are the best ones I have been too.

    Twenty-Tap - Indianapolis, IN
    Beachwood - Seal Beach, CA
    Pizza Port - Carlsbad, CA
    Hops on Birch - Flagstaff, AZ
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  22. OPJohn

    OPJohn Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2013 Florida

    Brewer's Pizza - Orange Park, FL
    Goozlepipes & Guttyworks - Jacksonville, FL
    Kickbacks Gastropub - Jacksonville, FL
    Cigar City Taproom - Tampa, FL
    Peg's Cantina - Gulfport, FL
    Stone Brewing World Bistro - Escondido, CA
    Pizza Port - San Diego, CA
    Redlight Redlight - Orlando, FL
    Wicked Weed - Asheville, NC
    Bruisin' Ales - Asheville, NC
  23. kirkfrailey

    kirkfrailey Aspirant (285) Feb 25, 2013 Michigan
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    Clubhouse BFD's
    One eyed Bettys
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  24. HookerBrews

    HookerBrews Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2013 Oregon

    I know I've been to some great ones, but I'm having trouble thinking of the best ones. Here are some of them off the top of my head in no particular order:

    Mikkeller - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel - Montreal, Canada
    7th Settlement - Dover, NH
    The Thirsty Moose - Portsmouth, NH
    Infinity - Portland, ME
    Church Key - San Francisco, CA
    Harpoon Brewery - Boston, MA
    Gulu-Gulu Cafe - Salem, MA
    Run of the Mill - Saco, ME
    Armsby Abbey - Worcester, MA
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  25. Mantooth

    Mantooth Meyvn (1,192) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina
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    I've been to Gulu-Gulu - last year on vacation. They've got a great vibe, very good food and a small but impressive draft list. I had a sampler - 4 brews I wouldn't have had access in to NC. I also took a photo of Bunghole Liquors - which I bet you've seen... that name kind of sticks with you.
  26. HookerBrews

    HookerBrews Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2013 Oregon

    Haha yeah, Bunghole is a tough one to forget. I don't get out to Salem too often, but I always stop in at Gulu-Gulu when I do. Come to think of it, I spent this past New Year's Eve there. They had a disco themed party and passed out champagne to everyone that was there at midnight. I've definitely done worse for New Year's!
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  27. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (633) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    No order:
    Blind Tiger - NY
    Gingerman - NY
    Monks - Philly
    Toronado - SF
    Hair of the Dog - STL
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  28. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,337) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Some that I remember as being a good experience. Beer Bars, not breweries, unless noted.

    Toronado, SF
    The Trapist, Oakland
    The Map Room Chicago
    Monks Philly
    Blind Tiger Ale House NYC
    Falling Rock Denver
    Horse Brass Pub Portland OR
    Hopcat Grand Rapids MI - they do have 3 house brewed beer on tap, but the brewery is not the emphasis. The one in East Lansing is decent too.
    The White Horse on Parson's Green, London
    De Kulminator Antwerp Belgium
    Café Abseits Bamberg DE

    I could have listed many more, but for the first cut I had 11.
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  29. HawkIPA

    HawkIPA Initiate (0) May 2, 2013 Massachusetts

    Top 5
    Hop Leaf - Chicago
    Publick House - Brookline, MA
    Prohibition Pig - Waterbury, VT
    Samuel Horne's Tavern - Folsom, CA
    Lord Hobo - Cambridge, MA
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  30. Badger72

    Badger72 Initiate (53) Mar 8, 2013 Louisiana

    In no particular order:

    Pizza Port OB- SD, CA
    Monkey Paw- SD, CA
    Duke's- Temecula, CA
    Breakwater Brewing- Oceanside, CA
    Stone World Bistro and Gardens: Escondido, CA

    The Esquire Tavern- San Antonio, TX

    The Avenue Pub- NOLA
    The Bulldog Uptown- NOLA
    Barcadia- NOLA
    Cooter Brown's- NOLA
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  31. jstout26

    jstout26 Initiate (158) May 30, 2013 North Carolina
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    Because: http://www.ebenezerspub.net/
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  32. Mantooth

    Mantooth Meyvn (1,192) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina
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  33. ATLbeerDog

    ATLbeerDog Savant (970) Nov 12, 2005 Georgia

    No Order

    Brick Store Pub - Atlanta
    The Porter - Atlanta
    Ebenezer’s – Lovell, ME
    Zupaty pes – Prague, CZ
    Three Floyds Brew Pub
    Beer Temple - Amsterdam
    Brew Dog – Edinburgh
    Holy Grale – Louisville
    Aromas – Athens, GA
    De Heeren van Liedekercke
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  34. Mantooth

    Mantooth Meyvn (1,192) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina
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    Aromas in Athens - sweet! I didn't know about that one and I'll be in Athens sometime later this year. Trapeze was the spot we had a lot of fun at - great service and amazing drafts, nice bottle list too. It's been maybe three years since we were last there - so I imagine it's changed a lot. I'm adding Aromas to my list.
  35. mani

    mani Initiate (179) Jun 16, 2012 New Jersey
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    No order:

    Blind Tiger - Manhattan, NY
    Torst - Brooklyn, NY
    Three Penny Taproom- VT
    Prohibition Pig - VT
    The Ruck, NY
    Man of Kent, Troy, NY
    MacNivens, Indianapolis, In
    Cannibal, Manhattan, NY
    Shepherd and Knucklehead, Haledon, NJ
    Merry Monk, Albany, NY
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  36. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (7,925) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Adding the Evening Star in Brighton England to get me to 10. That place was like a never ending Real Ale festival...
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  37. treznor

    treznor Zealot (546) Dec 20, 2006 North Carolina
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    I would say, in no particular order (and more than 10):
    Thirsty Monk's - Asheville
    Monk's - Philadelphia
    Toronado - San Francisco
    Pony Bar - NYC
    Publican - Chicago
    Busy Bee - Raleigh
    Brick Store - Atlanta
    Porter - Atlanta
    Churchkey - DC
    Falling Rock - Denver
    Thirtsty Gnome - St Paul
    In De Wildeman - Amsterdam

    Honorable Mention:
    Raleigh Times - Raleigh
    Humpys - Anchorage
    Big Hunt - Washington
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  38. JdoubleA

    JdoubleA Disciple (309) Apr 27, 2011 North Carolina
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    Old Hickory Tap Room, Hickory NC -This will always be my go to bar. It's my cheers.
    Old Hickory Station, Hickory NC - Same owners awesome selection also with bottle shop and allow corkage for a fee.
    Amos Howards, Hickory NC - Same Owners, good bottle selection, good food. Low key.
    Crescent Moon, Hickory NC - Nice selection and cool bar
    Wicked Weed, Asheville NC - Only their stuff... but... it's their stuff.
    Thirsty Monk, Asheville NC - Expensive, but nice
    Hannah Flannigan's, Asheville NC - Gone but not forgotten
    Barley's, Asheville NC - Nice selection and great for groups. Love it when the windows are open upstairs
    Porter Bar - Atlanta, GA - Amazing bottle list
    Ginger Man, NYC, NY - I dug it, great selection
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  39. LehighAce06

    LehighAce06 Champion (835) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Why would I reveal my favorite holes in the wall? Then everyone else will go and ruin it for me!

    Places I really like that everyone already knows about include:
    Eulogy in Philadelphia
    Torst in Brooklyn
    Tired Hands
    Russian River's taproom
    Lagunitas's taproom
    Bear Republic's taproom
    Triumph (brewpub)
    Iron Hill (brewpub)
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  40. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (152) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    My favorites, also in no particular order:

    The Old Fashioned - Madison, WI
    The Black Squirrel - DC
    Max's - Baltimore
    El Bait Shop - Des Moines
    The Red Monk - Des Moines
    Bad Apple - Chicago
    Prohibition Pig - Waterbury, VT
    Local Option - Chicago
    Smoke & Barrel - DC
    Hopleaf - Chicago
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