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Eater's 38 Essential Cocktail Bars Across the US

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Smuggler’s Cove

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650 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 869-1900
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[Photo: Jennifer Yin/Eater SF]

2. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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[Photo: Flickr/acnatta]

3. Bar Agricole

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355 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-9400
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[Photo: Jennifer Yin/Eater SF]

4. Library Bar

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7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(213) 488-1931
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[Photo: Elizabeth Daniels/Eater LA]

5. The Varnish Bar

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118 E 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 622-9999
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[Photo: 213 Nightlife/The Varnish]

6. Copa D'Oro

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217 Broadway St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 576-3030
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[Photo: Copa d'Oro]

7. Noble Experiment

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777 G St.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 888-4713
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8. Teardrop Lounge

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1015 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 445-8109
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9. Clyde Common

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1014 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-3333
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10. The Woodsman Tavern

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4537 SE Division St
Portland, Oregon 97206
(971) 373-8264
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11. Rob Roy

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2332 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 956-8423
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12. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
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13. PDT

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113 St Marks Pl.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 614-0386
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14. Death & Co

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433 E 6th St.
New York, NY 10009
(212) 388-0882
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15. Milk & Honey

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134 Eldridge St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 625-3897
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16. Booker and Dax at Ssäm

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207 2nd Ave
New York, New York 10003
(212) 254-3500
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17. The NoMad

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1170 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
(212) 796-1500
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18. The Hawthorne

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500A Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9150
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19. Drink

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348 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-1806
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20. Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.

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112 S 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 467-3277
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728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-8385
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22. The Passenger

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1021 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-0220
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23. The Violet Hour

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1520 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
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24. The Aviary

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955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-0868
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25. The Barrelhouse Flat

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2624 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-0421
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26. Bryant's Cocktail Lounge

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1579 S 9th St
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 383-2620
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This trapped-in-time cocktail lounge dates back to 1938. It's Milwaukee's oldest and perhaps the best place to grab an Old Fashioned—which, here in Wisconsin, is brandy-based, a tradition that dates back to the late 19th century. [Photo: Bryant's]

27. Distil

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722 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 220-9411
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Whiskey is the core of the cocktail program at this newish Milwaukee bar, but what makes it unique is the program's quest to use ingredients—like Schlitz-Elderflower foam or Wisconsin Nueske bacon-infused bourbon—that make for drinks that have a sense of place. [Photo: Distil]

28. Bradstreet Craftshouse

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601 1st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 312-1821
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This is another Midwest bar that can claim Toby Maloney (of Alchemy Consulting and formerly of Pegu Club) as a consultant. The arrival of Bradstreet in the Graves Hotel has instantly raised the bar for the Minneapolis cocktail scene. The menu focuses on twists on the classics and organizes drinks by approachability. [Photo: Bradstreet Craftshouse]

29. Manifesto

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1924 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 536-1325
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30. Patterson House

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1711 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 244-7989
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31. Taste by Niche

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4584 Laclede St
St Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-1200
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32. Arnaud's French 75 Bar

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(504) 523-5433

Chris Hannah is one of the premier bartenders in the city, and Arnaud's French 75 has been named one of the best bars in the country by a handful of publications. Hannah is driven by a passion for the cocktails of the past, both the classics and the forgotten ones. – Gwendolyn Knapp [Photo: Arnaud's]

33. Cure

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4905 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 302-2357
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Cure is considered by many to be the best bar in NOLA. Bartenders Neal Bodenheimer and Kirk Estopinal helped kick start a new era for craft cocktails in the city when they opened Cure; its beacon status endures. Their other two bars, Bellocq, which focuses on punches and cobblers and the newly-acquired Perestroika at Pravda are also among NOLA's best. [Photo: Cure]

34. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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35. The Cedars Social

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1326 S. Lamar St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 928-7700
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At the forefront of Dallas' cocktail revival is the Cedars Social and cocktail mastermind Michael Martensen, who's teaching a new generation of Dallas bartenders how to make some very old drinks. – Andrea Grimes, Eater Dallas [Photo: Cedars Social]

36. Midnight Cowboy

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313 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 843-2715
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37. Anvil Bar & Refuge

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1424 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-1622
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38. Williams & Graham

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3160 Tejon St.
Denver, CO 80211
[Photo: Adam Larkey/Eater Denver]

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1. Smuggler’s Cove

650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102
[Photo: Jennifer Yin/Eater SF]
650 Gough St
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. The Alembic

1725 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
[Photo: Flickr/acnatta]
1725 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

3. Bar Agricole

355 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
[Photo: Jennifer Yin/Eater SF]
355 11th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Library Bar

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
[Photo: Elizabeth Daniels/Eater LA]
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5. The Varnish Bar

118 E 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
[Photo: 213 Nightlife/The Varnish]
118 E 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

6. Copa D'Oro

217 Broadway St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
[Photo: Copa d'Oro]
217 Broadway St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7. Noble Experiment

777 G St., San Diego, CA 92101
[Photo: Flickr/nan palermo]
777 G St.
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Teardrop Lounge

1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
[Photo: Facebook/Teardrop Lounge]
1015 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

9. Clyde Common

1014 SW Stark St., Portland, OR 97205