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Trev's Bistro
NEW ORLEANS, LA

The Avenue Pub

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Bangers & Lace
CHICAGO, IL

Bangers & Lace

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BELMONT STATION
Andy Kryza
PORTLAND, OR

Belmont Station

blind tiger ale house
Thrillist
NEW YORK, NY

Blind Tiger

brewmasters
Wendy Savage
RALEIGH, NC

Brewmasters

bridge st. louis
Jess Dewes
ST. LOUIS, MO

Bridge

churchkey
Flickr/Bernt Rostad
WASHINGTON, DC

Churchkey

CRAFT and growler
Craft & Growler
Craft Pride
Dan Gentile
AUSTIN, TX

Craft Pride

ebeneezer's pub
Flickr/Bernt Rostad
LOVELL, ME

Ebenezer's Pub

EL BAIT SHOP
Christopher Maharry Photography
DES MOINES, IA

El Bait Shop

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Euclid Hall
DENVER, CO

Euclid Hall

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FATHER'S OFFICE LA
Flickr/Arnold Gatilao
LOS ANGELES, CA

Father's Office

hamilton's tavern
Hamilton's Tavern
SAN DIEGO, CA

Hamilton's Tavern

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The Happy Gnome
ST. PAUL, MN

The Happy Gnome

HAY MERCHANT HOUSTON
Julie Soefer Photography
HOUSTON, TX

The Hay Merchant

hopcat
Neil Braybrook
GRAND RAPIDS, MI

HopCat

hopleaf chicago
Louise Molnar/Hopleaf Bar
CHICAGO, IL

Hopleaf

HORSE BRASS PUB
Andy Kryza
PORTLAND, OR

Horse Brass Pub

j. clyde birmgingham
Alec Dixon
BIRMINGHAM, AL

The J. Clyde

lord hobo
Flickr/Eric Kilby
BOSTON, MA

Lord Hobo

the lockview
Mallory + Justin
AKRON, OH

The Lockview

mikkeller bar
Joe Starkey
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Mikkeller Bar

monk's cafe
Flickr/Tom Ipri
PHILADELPHIA, PA

Monk's Cafe

monk's kettle
Flickr/Jenn Coyle
SAN FRANCISCO, CA

The Monk's Kettle

the pine box
Brad Foster
SEATTLE, WA

The Pine Box

riverside market
Riverside Market
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

Riverside Market and Cafe

SERGIO'S LOUISVILLE
Josh Johnson
LOUISVILLE, KY

Sergio's World Beers

SUGAR MAPLE
Nastassia Putz
MILWAUKEE, WI

Sugar Maple

tapwerks
Flickr/David
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

TapWerks

taste of tops
James Barnett
TEMPE, AZ

Taste of Tops

torst
Torst
BROOKLYN, NY

Tørst

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1. The Avenue Pub 1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

Located in the Lower Garden District, this American craft beer pub is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The tap list is heavy on one-and-done offerings with enough rarities to keep the beer nerds at bay, while the bottle list is about as thick as a small-town phone book, offering up everything from Belgian farmhouses to all-American IPAs, all of which taste considerably better when paired with the famous bechamel and pork Dump Truck Fries.

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2. Belmont Station 4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215 (Se Portland)

With 1,200 bottles crammed into a shop the size of your average convenience store, you can spend hours staring at beers from throughout the world. Even better: you can consume anything on site -- whether it’s a bottle of a rare lambic or a bomber of a seasonal from local brewers like Breakside and Hair of the Dog.

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3. The Blind Tiger 281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (West Village)

Arguably the epitome of a New York City craft beer bar and a true pioneer in the NYC craft scene, Blind Tiger’s been doling out a fine selection of the top tier libations since it opened in 1995. It’s the go-to spot to meet folks from your favorite breweries who happen to be swinging through town, and the tap takeovers are legendary to say the least. Sip from 28 taps, two casks and a staggering list of microbrew bottles.

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4. Brewmasters Bar & Grill 301 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

This is a place where everything, including candied bacon, comes by the pint. But you’re here for the beer, and the island of a bar is stocked with dozens of craft cans (Oskar Blues is particularly prominent) and 60+ taps, with special attention paid to NC brewers like Big Boss, Deep River, and Dark Rabbit.

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5. Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar 1004 Locust St, St Louis, MO 63101

With its chandelier-lit ambiance and a menu that of charcuterie and cheese boards, you’d be forgiven for thinking Bridge is a wine bar… which it is, and a damn fine one with a five-page menu. But it’s also the city’s best beer, with a 200+ bottle selection and 55 taps that rotate a selection that includes, local favorites and a vast selection from Belgium’s finest breweries.

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6. ChurchKey 1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

With 55 draft lines and 500-plus bottles that all manage to deliver on quality, ChurchKey is a chic Logan Circle destination for DC's die-hard beer fans. In addition to the meticulously curated lineup of domestic brews and collabs one would expect from a top-flight beer bar, this stylish spot above sister restaurant Birch & Barley has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening craft-wise overseas, too, allowing you to one-up your friends by saying things like, “I’ve really been impressed by what’s happening in Estonia’s beer scene lately” with complete seriousness. The food menu is loaded with plenty of hearty bites like tater tots, burgers, and flatbreads to soak up all those suds.

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7. Craft and Growler 3601 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75226 (Fair Park)

Just when you thought walking out of a bar with a beer couldn't be more pleasurable, along comes Craft and Growler, a cozy, Fair Park-area tap room opened by husband-wife attorneys that's dramatically improving the taste of take-home suds.

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8. Craft Pride 61 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Craft Pride on Rainey St is a beer bar with 52 drafts on tap, all from the Lone Star state. Featuring options like Hay Merchant in Houston, Craft & Growler in Dallas, and Bangers, brewed right there in Craft Pride’s backyard, Craft Pride's certainly Texas proud. They offer to-go cases of bottles and bombers, all curated by an OG Black Star brewer.

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9. Ebenezer's Pub 44 Allen Rd, Lovell, ME 04051

With more than more than 700 bottles available and a huge tap selection of Belgian rarities and favorites, Ebenezer’s has about 1.5 different beers stocked for each of its tiny hometown’s residents.

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10. El Bait Shop 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

El Bait Shop in Des Moines has the largest selection of American craft brews in the country, with 150 bottles and 180 taps pouring selections from Portland, OR to Portland, ME and everywhere in between. It maintains a delightfully divey roadhouse vibe, with a back patio that has its own bar. Pair your draughts with enormous sandwiches and creative Mexican American eats.

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11. Euclid Hall 1317 14th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

Snack on schnitzel, sausage, and poutine at this beer bar on 14th St.

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12. Falling Rock Taphouse 1919 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

The phrase "less is more" sometimes can apply to beer bars with a small, curated list of rare, specifically chosen beers, but in the case of Mile High's Falling Rock, more is more. It's not only one of Denver's more important bars, it's easily one of the country's, with 30%+ of the 90 taps featuring CO beers, along with 100+ bottles from around the world. The brick walls are lined with beer bottles and vintage signs, and there's ample couch seating and booth space in addition to pool tables and dart boards.

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13. Father's Office 3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034 (Culver City)

Chef Sang Yoon is the brains behind this nationally-acclaimed Los Angeles gastropub. Father's Office is especially famous for its Office Burger: a 100% chuck, dry-aged beef patty topped with blue cheese, arugula, and onion jam, and served on a toasted oval bun with garlic butter. Chef Yoon has a strict no modifications allowed policy on his burger, so either you like it or you don't -- but chances are you probably will.

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14. Hamilton's Tavern 1521 30th St, San Diego, CA 92102 (South Park)

Housed in the oldest beer- and wine- licensed location in San Diego, Hamilton’s Tavern is a traditional neighborhood drinkery in the heart of South Park. Named after Marine veteran Herman Hamilton who frequents the bar religiously, Hamilton’s is rooted in a commitment to unparalleled hospitality, making you feel more like a friend than a customer, whether you come in for a beer or a meal. In addition to potato concoctions like garlic truffle tots and Blair-style tots smothered in garlic, green onions, bacon, and Cheddar, snacks include Baja chili dogs, hush puppies, buffalo wings, and banh mi sandwiches. The California-centric beer program features Monkey Paw Brewing Co., Russian River Brewing Co., and other local craft breweries.

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16. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.

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17. Horse Brass Pub 4534 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215 (Belmont)

The City of Roses has over 75 breweries that aren't Breakside, and almost every one of them is represented at no-nonsense Brit pub Horse Brass. This place has been serving up craft beer since 1976 (before it was cool) and has never not been a great place to knock back a few. It’s the best British pub outside of Britain, right down to the halibut fish & chips.

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18. HopCat 25 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Since opening in 2008, HopCat has become the beer bar go-to for a region that is serious about its suds. There are 48 taps that're heavy on Mitten-state brews (Founders, and Brewery Vivant are right there in town), plus a food menu that includes perfectly sliced, spiced, and beer-battered fries.

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19. Hopleaf 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Uptown)

This Andersonville beer bar is known for its rotating selection of draft beers primarily from the Midwest and Belgium. More than just a bar that serves food, Hopleaf has an outstanding menu of Belgian-inspired food like mussels from Prince Edward Island, charcuterie, and steak frites. The place is casual and laid-back, just like a neighborhood bar should be.

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20. The J. Clyde 1312 Cobb Ln S, Birmingham, AL 35205

With its cut stone walls, sloping ceiling, and ye-olde vibe, The J. Clyde looks more like the Hobbit’s backlot than Birmingham, Alabama’s best gastropub, but rest assured, there’s nothing outdated about this tavern’s killer craft lineup. 70+ beers dominate a draught menu divided up unpretentiously by simple flavor profiles – "Crisp," Roast," and "Hops" to name a few. Also, Alabama-brewed pints are half off every Tuesday.

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21. The Lockview 207 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308

Outside of LeBron, Akron's pride and joy is this comfort food and booze mecca, with 150 bottles, 12 taps, and grilled cheese sandwiches that kids would be weirded out by.

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22. Lord Hobo 92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Inman Square)

While hobos are generally seen as bindle-carrying and dirty, the Lord Hobo in Cambridge is living well at the top of the vagabond hierarchy, serving specialty cocktails, beer, and American comfort food in a rich mahogany space with large flat screens. The 40 taps offer everything from the best New England breweries have to offer to interesting Euro selections -- when was the last time you had a craft beer from Norway?

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23. Monk’s Kettle 3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

At this gastropub in The Mission, beer is the total focus. Their specialty is Belgian beers, though the list has 200 rotating beers for every palate. Monk’s Kettle has coolers set at 45, 50, and 55 degrees to ensure your brew is served at the right temperature, and the entire keg system is cleaned every two weeks so the beer always tastes its best. Food includes everything from bar bites like chile- and honey-roasted hazelnuts, to more substantial fare like dry-aged beef loin with blue cheese potato gratin. Not sure what to order? The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and totally willing to help you figure it out. We’d also be remiss if we didn’t point out that the seasonally driven pub fare is quite tasty.

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24. Mikkeller Bar 34 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (The Tenderloin)

MB is a Danish spot with 42 beers on tap (including four Mikkellers, unique to this location) and two cask-conditioned ales, served at three different temperatures, depending on the style of beer. Yeah, they take this stuff seriously... so seriously, in fact, that all of the beers on tap are managed by a system dubbed the Flux Capacitor, which controls the exact mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide used for each tap (no lightning required). There’s also a “secret” downstairs cellar dedicated exclusively to sours. It gets better: Mikkeller Bar isn’t just about the beer. No, there’s also an awesome food menu that involves lots and lots of delicious meat.

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25. Monk's Cafe 264 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

Monk's Cafe is more of a dank beer pub than any kind of cafe, but it's become a Philadelphia institution thanks to its staggering bottled beer list (there are more than 300 local and global brews to choose from). Yes, the place is dark. Yes, it's cramped. But the draft selection of Belgian suds makes Monk's a national leader in the category: owner Tom Peters was actually knighted in Belgium to honor his dedication. Drinkers can pick up a "beer bible" from the bar, which could pass for a novela under the dim electric candles scattered throughout. Pub fare flows from the kitchen, and while the burger won't disappoint and you can order grilled salmon if that's your thing, the true must-eat dish is the pot of mussels, flavored with sour beer-sautéed jalapeños, peppers, and onions.

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26. The Pine Box 1600 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

The Pine Box, simultaneously cool and a bit creepy given being located in an old mortuary, is more famous for its cocktails than the building's actual history. Here, they always serve a choice of at least two local ciders, along with cocktails, 30-plus taps of extremely well-curated West Coast-heavy brews, fancy brunch, and other delicious bites.

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27. Riverside Market 608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (Fort Lauderdale)

This homey, family-owned Ft. Lauderdale joint was born out of an old convenience store, where 550+ beers fill fridges that used to hold year-old sandwiches. You can crack open any of them in the store or save ‘em for home while getting down on the 20+ expertly curated taps, which often get taken over by some of Florida’s finest. If you do pull from the fridge, you just bring your empties to the counter when you're done and pay on the honor system. Riverside has effectively taken over the neighborhood with Craft Beer Cartel across the street, which itself holds beers, a nanobrewery, and homebrew equipment.

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28. Sergio's World Beers 1605 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

When you get to Sergio's in Louisville, you might not be entirely sure you've gotten to Sergio's, with its unassuming sign-less exterior and windows covered with flags from around the world. Once you get inside you might not be entirely sure what's going on, either: the furniture's mismatched, and there are coolers everywhere. But once you start taking in all the tap handles, glassware, and bottle upon bottle (as in roughly 1,200 of them) of amazing beer, you'll feel like you've stepped into the secret basement hideaway of the world's biggest beer geek -- which is kind of true. Brazilian-born owner Sergio Ribenboim has been traveling the globe for decades making connections with brewers and amassing an unparalleled collection. Bring cash. Ask about what's on tap. Prepare to stay a while.

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29. Sugar Maple 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Bay View’s Sugar Maple is a local favorite bar that offers over 60 craft brews on tap, featuring many hailing from small Wisconsin breweries past Milwaukee’s city limits. The long, spacious hall sticks to an amber palette in both the modern artwork that adorns the walls and the rich hues of the curved bar and high-top tables. Though there’s no in-house food, the surrounding neighborhood touts multiple restaurant options. Head outside to the back patio on a warm day.

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30. TapWerks Ale House & Café 121 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

This OKC brewpub is the real deal. Each of this historic, brick-and-wood-laden, old-world-style pub’s two floors boasts 106 taps (212 in total), plus 100+ cellar-aged bottles sourced from all over the world. Californian stouts, Flemish Blondes, sours, quadruples, pales? Yup. Rarities from big dogs like Founders and Sierra Nevada, and appearances by smaller locals like Prairie? Of course.

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31. Taste of Tops 403 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

There are two reasons why Taste of Tops is unlike any beer bar in the country: Four of their employees are Certified Cicerones and have an encyclopedic knowledge of beer, and it's connected to a liquor store. Their 24 rotating taps are great, but the real added value is being able to walk into the adjoining liquor store, grab any of their hundreds of bottled beers (including ones from their cellar vintage bottle list) and drink it on the premises in the bar. The place even provides growler fills.

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32. Tørst 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Started by a consortium of "hardcore beer and food" types (including a Momofuku research lab chef, a former beer sommelier from DBGB, and the guy behind Evil Twin Brewing), this temple to all things brew is dedicated to bringing you some of the tastiest and rarest suds. Torst is a Danish bar boasting over 20 carefully-selected beers, which are all kept fresh through a high-tech, temperature-regulating system.

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