8. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
You might think the Steel City is an exemplary drinking city because it's cold as shit, everyone is miserable, and there's nothing to do. Well, you're right, it is cold as shit (and depending on how the Steelers played on Sunday, they also might be miserable, too). Pittsburgh is a recently thriving city (that used to be thriving, too), full of college students, filmmakers, young professionals, blue collar workers, and tech bros -- for the uninformed, that's pretty much a roll call of "people who like to heavily drink." And Pittsburgh is their paradise. If you want to embrace your inner Greek life enthusiast, you can swing by the Southside for a bar crawl worthy of Bourbon Street. If you want to order craft cocktails, close your eyes, and pretend you're in Brooklyn, go to Shadyside or Lawrenceville (try Butterjoin or Spirit, specifically). You can post up on one of the many great rooftop bars like Sienna Mercato and watch revelry in the streets from on high. Or, if you just want to go somewhere free of pretension -- sans BS and full of people who love to drink, eat, and be merry (usually in that order) -- you can stop in nearly any dive bar on every bank of the three rivers, to grab an Iron City Light and embrace your inner yinzer. As long as you like to keep drinking -- and hate Cleveland -- you'll fit right in. Go to Gooski's, and try it out yourself.