Whether you're into vintage-style gin cocktails, nursing a rare Johnnie Walker Blue—or swilling whatever brew they've got on tap—you're sure to slake your thirst at one of these elite-level beer and cocktail bars
Restaurants and chefs have long been heaped with praise and accolades for turning out taste-bud bending, ultra-flavorful food—while equally inventive bars and pubs have barely earned a few thumbs up on Yelp.
That all changed this year as the committee behind the James Beard Awards (also known as the "Oscars of Food") turned their attention to cocktails—and handed out the very first medal for "Outstanding Bar Program." Among the field of finalists shown here, you'll find everything from ultra-swank cocktail lounges to wine bars to Old West-style saloons—all tapped for their deep selections of beer, wine and booze (along with an atmosphere that inspires additional rounds and bad behavior). Since there were only two dozen chosen—and we love a good top 25 list—the editors at MF included one of our favorites.
Next time you're looking for a guaranteed good time, be sure to belly up on one of these winning watering holes.