Looking for a some new and exciting drinking cities? Well, what could be better than visiting some of the absolute best United States’ drinking spots? From cocktail bars to honky-tonks, these five cities are known for recognized for having huge drinking scenes. Each city has something a little bit different to offer, but they are all equally as exciting. So, keep reading to learn more about what these boozy places have to offer you … as long as you are 21 of course.
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
If you are looking for exciting nightlife, great music and tons of great bars then you need to head on down to “The Big Easy,” better known as New Orleans, Louisiana. Being the number one city in the country with the most bars per capita, you will never get bored visiting the same local pub. One of the most famous areas in New Orleans lies on Bourbon Street. This street is known for its incredible nightlife and countless places to enjoy a drink. Whether you visit The Spotted Cat Music Club, Pat O’Briens, the Maison Bourbon Jazz Club or another one of the numerous bars in New Orleans, you will most definitely feel the spirit of Louisiana in every sip.
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2. Nashville, Tennessee
Looking for a little city and a little country all in one? Then Nashville, Tennessee is the place for you. Nicknamed “Music City, USA,” Nashville has one of the most impressive bar scenes in the world. Whether you are looking for an elegant restaurant for cocktails, or you are looking for a dive bar, Nashville has a place for every single one of it’s visitors. Robert’s Western World, The Gold Rush and The Red Door Saloon are just a few of the cities most popular spots that locals say you must visit when you’re in the area. Nashville is also known for it’s famous BYOB Nashville Pedal Tavern in which you and up to 14 others can hop on a pedal bike bar and pedal around the city on a fun bar crawl.
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3. New York City, New York
New York City is famous for it’s insane crowds, glimmering lights and of course for being the city that never sleeps. And we can most definitely add their drinking scene to this impressive list. From nightclubs and rooftop lounges to classy brunch spots, New York City has thousands of bars to enjoy within it’s five boroughs. The “Big Apple” has also recently become the home to many new craft breweries creating a lot of stir for growing beer bars across the city. Some popular hotspots in New York City include LAVO, The Blind Tiger and The Dead Rabbit. Many spots are open until around 4am… so be prepared for a long night of fun!
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4. San Francisco, California
Another one of the heaviest drinking cities in the country happens to be San Francisco, California. This gorgeous and hilly area is on the smaller side, but it makes up for it with its amazing nightlife and bar scene. Like New York City, San Francisco is widely popular for its craft beer bars including Monk’s Kettle and The Beer Bar. For a bar with a lot of history, visit one of San Fran’s oldest bars the Anchor Brewing’s Taproom for an exciting tour. Or for an exciting sports bar with serve yourself popcorn, visit Final Final. With hundreds of incredible bars in the area, you will definitely have your hands full in San Francisco!
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5. Boston, Massachusetts
Last but certainly not least is the one and only Boston, Massachusetts. Known commonly as “Beantown,” this extraordinary city is filled with every bar you could imagine. Boston has plenty of amazing places to try. From their dive bars like Charlie’s Kitchen, to their wine bars like Beat Brasserie. In the warm months try one of their rooftop bars. And in the chilly New England weather, you can visit the MET Back Bay restaurant for some spiked hot chocolate. All around, this city is overflowing with delicious drinks that you just need to try.
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