Arizona comes in right in the middle of the pack, and those 100-plus degree summers that extend for months on end might have something to do with it. All the pools in Phoenix can’t save you from the beating Arizona summertime sun. Get away from that, however, and you’ll see that Arizona is a wintertime oasis. The Desert Bar, which is quite possibly the best drinking location in all of Arizona and one of the top drinking locations in the entire country, is an entirely sustainable, semi-hidden outdoor watering hole with multiple bars, live music and a bunch of different cocktail and beer and wine options. People love it so much that the place has a non religious church (no services held here) for people to hold wedding ceremonies at. It closes every summer, when people retreat to one of the many pool bars. So. Many. Pool bars.
24. New York
If it wasn’t for the ridiculous amount of mosquitos, ticks and other nasty summertime insects (or the high heat and humidity) New York might be No. 1 on this list. While the city that never sleeps is a snowpocalypse during the winter, the state is full of revelry come summer. Not only does New York have an abundance of beaches, complete with a bevy of bars and tasty snacks, but it also has mountains, rivers, lakes and small, quaint towns. You can river raft, hike, surf, swim, small town bar hop, visit a distillery or winery, or camp your way throughout the state. At the Rockaways outside of Queens, after a nap in the sun or a swim in the ocean, one of our favorite things to do is buy Nutcrackers, a semi-legal Jungle Juice sold by local vendors wandering the beach. If you’re in Manhattan, don your best all white linen and visit Bocce Union Square, a new pizza spot with serious street cred (from the famous Roberta’s team) where you can drink spritzes and play bocce ball in an open air pavilion in Union Square.
The best outdoor drinking you can do in Indiana is at the annual, absolutely insane Indy 500 tailgate, starting at around 4 in the morning the day of the race. While that might be fun, it’s not really the picturesque, basking in the sunshine, breathing in all that clear air experience we’re looking for, considering all the gas fumes. The views in Indiana are also a little—well, let’s just say they’re a bit flat. The humidity is also pretty high and the mosquitos will get you. But that tailgate can’t be beat if you’re looking for a true, all-American experience.
22. South Carolina
It rains a lot during the summer in South Carolina—but not pouring all day “a lot”; more like afternoon showers for humidity relief “a lot”. And you will need the humidity relief because this is the South, after all. But it’s totally worth braving the hot temperatures to spend a summer drinking in South Carolina. Charleston has one of the most enjoyable cocktail and culinary scenes in the country, and it’s getting better each year.