Despite your own opinions of the airport bars you’ve holed up in during long layovers and unending delays, there is an official organization dedicated to crowning the best airport bar, and they just chose a watering hole inside Los Angeles International Airport as the best in the nation. According to a press release, the Airport Food and Beverage conference, aka FAB (no, really), just convened in Toronto, where the airport eatery experts picked Rock & Brews in LAX Terminal 1 as “Bar of the Year,” making it the best place to drink before your flight (or after, we don’t judge). And here’s the kicker: The bar is co-owned by KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.
Since 2012, the aging rockers found time between intermittent farewell and return tours to open up an entire chain of rock-themed restaurants and bars, with two locations inside the Los Angeles airport. It was the second location in South West’s Terminal 1 that scored the prestigious FAB award, beating out 200 competitors.
Between “Opening Act” appetizers, “Rock Legend Wines” and craft cocktails like the Metal Mule and Paradise City (a take on a Mai Tai), a proper sit-down drink at Rock & Brews clearly beats out that half-hearted G&T at a nameless sports bar just past security. Plus, if you do grab a cocktail at the rockstar-backed bar, you may well see Simmons himself, opening wide for a burger or brew.