In honor of Eater's Cocktail Week, here's the first-ever Eater map of the 38 essential cocktail bars across the country. This is your answer, and ours, to any question that begins with, "Can you recommend a cocktail bar ... ?" This group covers the entire country and a myriad of different cocktail bar genres including neo-speakeasies, dressed-up dive bars, and former brothels.
You'll find bars like Distil in the new cocktail hotbed that is Milwaukee, to the drink theater on display at chef Grant Achatz's The Aviary in Chicago, to the 1970s-inspired drinks served at Seattle's Dirk Diggler-y Rob Roy, to Leo Robitschek's recreation of the grand hotel bar at New York's The NoMad. The only criteria: cocktail greatness.
There are plenty of great cocktail bars that didn't make the list, so instead of readying your pitchforks, why not make your case for (or against) in the comments section.Read More