Favorite Local Bars

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  1. braugon

    braugon Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2013 Connecticut

    For me, I gotta go with Mikro in Hamden, Connecticut right now. Good food and good beer.

    In NYC I love Rabbit Club in Greenwich Village.

    And in Philly I'm a big fan of Monk's Cafe

    So what're some other local or regional favorites for everyone?
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  2. booyahachieved3

    booyahachieved3 Initiate (112) Sep 5, 2012 Kansas
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    Bier Station in KC... constantly revolving taps with updates via Twitter, a drink here/to-go cooler section and multiple events and services. Nice vibe.
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  3. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Aspirant (286) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
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    The Blue Canoe, Tupelo,MS and The Keg and Barrel, Hattisburg, MS.
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  4. AlaskanYoung

    AlaskanYoung Disciple (381) Dec 1, 2011 Arkansas

    The draft in conway arkansas is about the only "bar" we have. 99% macros..
  5. braugon

    braugon Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2013 Connecticut

    damn, the food at Blue Canoe looks awesome :grimacing:
  6. Hotmetal1

    Hotmetal1 Aspirant (286) Feb 28, 2012 Mississippi
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    They do have good food.
  7. MCDub

    MCDub Aspirant (289) Dec 17, 2009 North Carolina
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    I'm considering tasting rooms bars.

    Sutree's High Gravity Tavern, Knoxville, TN
    Thristy Monk, Asheville, NC
    Wedge Brewing, Asheville, NC
    Wicked Weed Brewing, Asheville, NC
    Highland Brewing, Asheville, NC
    Tyler's Taproom, Carboro, NC
    Brick Store Pub, Atlanta, GA
    Ormsby's, Atlanta, GA
    The Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta, GA
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  8. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,735) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    In Houston I go to Cottonwood a lot. Awesome food, and 30 taps +2 casks. Downhouse, which has about 10 taps, craft cocktails, and interesting food. Hay Merchant has 80+ taps and 5 casks. Then, the first Gingerman, which is considered by many to be the first "modern beer. bar" I really want that signed JP Donleavy copy of the book behind the bar :slight_smile:. For the last 5 years they have let BA's have a standing tasting there every month. Micheal Jackson called it one of his favorite bars in America.
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  9. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (466) Aug 30, 2012 California

    Beer Revolution here in Oakland.

    Churchkey and Bier Barron in DC
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  10. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    -El Bait Shop - Des Moines, IA (110 craft taps/200+ bottles and great food)
    -Royal Mile - Des Moines, IA (30 UK taps/120+ more bottles. Fish and Chips.)
    -Hessen Haus - Des Moines, IA (30 German taps/tons more bottles and solid German food)
    -Red Monk - Des Moines, IA (10 Belgian taps/90+ Belgian bottles)
    -University Library Cafe - Des Moines, IA (20+ craft taps/lots of bottles and killer breakfast on weekends)
    Basically every bar owned by Full Court Press in DSM is awesome in it's own way.
    -The Keg Stand - West Des Moines, IA (50+ craft taps and awesome wings)
  11. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Sunset grille, deep ellum, and the avenue in Allston ma. The avenue is newer, smaller, cheaper, and closer for me.
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  12. SteelersX

    SteelersX Disciple (370) Jan 30, 2011 New York
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    Donnelly's Public House - Best beer selection and bar food in Rochester.
    MacGregor's has a load of taps and usually some good stuff too. Tap line cleanliness can be an issue though.
  13. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    the ginger man (when not busy), nyc
    rattle n hum, nyc
    bxl zoute, nyc
    abbey brewing company, miami
    apex bar, portland
    taproom 307, nyc
    stag's head, nyc
    green dragon, portland
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  14. GotWad629

    GotWad629 Aspirant (229) Sep 14, 2010 New York

    The Barley Pub in Dover NH, Novare Res in Portland ME, J. Ryans and Beer Belly Deli back home in Syracuse
  15. nineball

    nineball Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2013 New York

    Browns Brewing Co. right down the road from me in Troy, NY
  16. BeerLover99

    BeerLover99 Poo-Bah (1,602) Dec 13, 2008 Illinois

    Excellent thread! I'm not from East Coast and always looking for good beer spots.
    Seems like a wasteland in Jersey. Still need to do daytrip to Philly for cheesesteak, history,
    and good beer!!
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  17. IllinoisJoe

    IllinoisJoe Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2013 Illinois

    In Chicago I'm choosing my favorite spot for reasons other their ridiculously fantastic beer list. Or, rather, in addition to their great selection...

    My wife and I had our first date here:


    Six plus years later we're still very happily married.
  18. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,198) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Not counting all of the massive/awesome beer bars in Denver, I end up at the Bull & Bush and Royal Hilltop (a tiny pub with great taps in Aurora) as much as anywhere else.
  19. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    My cousin used to bartend at The Library. Do you know any Munros?

    My favorite places in Chicago are Haymarket and Revolution's brew pub. Good food, good beer lists and good people running them.
  20. dmfc906

    dmfc906 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2010 Illinois


    Half Acre Tap Room
    Sheffields (on non-Cubs game days....very important caveat)
    Fountainhead rooftop when the weather gets nice
  21. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (594) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    There are a LOT of Munros in the Des Moines area! :-) What is your cousins name? Did he used to bartend at Hairy Marys too?
  22. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    O'Brien's Pub - San Diego
    Hamilton's - San Diego

    Horsebrass - Portland
    Bailey's Taproom - Portland

    Hop Leaf - Chicago
    Resi's Bierstube - Chicago

    The Trappist - Bay Area
    Suppenkuche - Bay Area

    Cheeky Monks - Denver
    Euclid Hall - Denver

    Absolutely nothing in Phoenix Metro is a "favorite".
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  23. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Providence- The Avery

    Boston- Deep Ellum
  24. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Devotee (415) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

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  25. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,031) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Library Alehouse in Santa Monica

    And although not regional to me year round, I also enjoy the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ
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  26. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poo-Bah (6,693) Apr 21, 2009 Illinois

    Firkin in Libertyville, IL...

    (with WhirlyBall down the street in Vernon Hills and Durty Nellie's in Palatine getting honorable mentions)
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  27. Flight0011

    Flight0011 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013 Washington

    I wish I was there to get a picture but my favorite pub is Freds Rivertown Ale house in Snohomish Wa, Great microbrew selection, great waffel frys!
  28. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Initiate (179) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana

    Does Three Floyds count as a bar? Last time I went there they had Alice Cooper playing with Sharktapus on the the tv and zombie dust on draft. What else do you want from a bar?
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  29. Chaney

    Chaney Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2006 District of Columbia

    Meridian Pint
    Pizza Paradiso (Georgetown, DuPont Circle, Alexandria, VA)
    Rustico (Alexandria and Arlington)
    Firehouse Pizza (Arlington)
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  30. Pinioned

    Pinioned Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Kentucky

    Cock and Bull - Covington, KY
  31. heresy22

    heresy22 Devotee (435) Apr 9, 2007 California

    I go to K 'n B most frequently. Probably not the typical San Diego response.
  32. mike_v_sardina

    mike_v_sardina Initiate (145) Apr 12, 2012 Vermont

    I am a Fairport Native, and YES - Donnelly's is the jam!

  33. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    Mines gotta be Tony's Darts Away here in Burbank CA. They have about 30 craft beers on top, nothing else (except usually one craft soda :slight_smile:

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  34. Errto

    Errto Initiate (0) Oct 20, 2009 Connecticut

    Man, Mikro is a nice place. I've only been there once despite living five miles away. (Well, that's because Prime 16 is in walking distance, but still. Anyway, Mikro has more interesting food).
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  35. Doc_Hops

    Doc_Hops Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Pennsylvania

    If you're in the Delaware County area of Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philly) you've got to try Pinnochio's. The beer garden has over 850 different beers from all over the place. They have the local guys as well as some of the crazy belgian lambics that only a half a dozen people have heard of. The staff is very cool and great to talk to over a pint. Seriously, check these guys out if you're in the area. They may not have a lot of floor space but you won't find a better selection with equally awesome people selling you the beer anywhere in the area. do it... do it!
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  36. Kreko7

    Kreko7 Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2013 California

    Beer Rev and Trappist in Oakland
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  37. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    I second the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. Great beer selection, awesome food, and easy to find. And aside from that, they have a killer selection of single-malt Scotch.
  38. alex_hart

    alex_hart Disciple (355) Feb 28, 2013 Oklahoma

    I'm from Boston, but since I am still livin' it up here in Tulsa, OK, i gotta rep for where I am at. Gonna have to go with the best bar thats happened to this city, McNellie's Pub.[​IMG]
  39. notchucknorris

    notchucknorris Poo-Bah (1,909) May 28, 2010 California
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    I can't get enough of Toronados (SD). Been a lot of good places in San Diego and just can't stop going back to them.
  40. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    Brouwers cafe in Seattle!
    Here in Spokane I would say its a toss up between Pints and the Manito tap house!
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