The 10 Best New Bars in the U.S.

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…..There will always be an ongoing debate about which city has the best bars, and then within those cities which bar stands out from the rest. And occasionally someone who’s opinion is well respected makes a list of some of the best bars and then we sit back and dissect and discuss. This was the case when recently Kate Krader, restauarant editor for Food & Wine magazine had the chance to speak with Jim Meehan (Startender), who gave a list of what he considers the 10 best new bars in the country:

Canon (Seattle, Washington) 

The NoMad Hotel (New York City)

The Barrelhouse Flat (Chicago, Illinois; pictured above)

Pour Vous (Los Angeles, California)

The Hawthorne (Boston, Massachusetts)

Williams & Graham (Denver, Colorado)

Woodsman Tavern (Portland, Oregon)

Bellocq (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Scott & Co. (Tucson, Arizona)

Midnight Cowboy (Austin, Texas)

Familiar with any of these? What do you think? Someone missing from this list? Feel free to comment below. If you liked this list you may also want to check out Food & Wine magazines list of the 50 Best Bars in the U.S., and America’s Best Beer Bars. For the entire run down on this list including breif discriptions from Jim himself, visit Eatocracy.


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Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.


  1. Karl Williams Reply

    Do you ever review dives? I find them much more fun than trendy bars. Odd that I like drinks with trendy ingredients. but I prefer bars that you do not want to see a good dive bar with the lights up.

    • At the moment we don’t review bars, dive or upscale, at all. This is actually a list provided by Jim Meehan, a popular bartender turned startender. We are in the process however of adding Bar Reviews to our growing list of information we offer here at 101 and we will include all types of bars including dives. Cheers!

  2. Kyle Landry Reply

    There is a bar in Phoenix Arizona called Shadys that is a neighborhood lounge bar that serves a variety of classic and high end cocktails with the feel of a dive bar. One of a kind in Phoenix to find a cocktail bar that doesn’t serve food. I find it to be a sign of Phoenix’s is growing into the cocktail culture.

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