Of course December is a time to eat, drink, and be merry — but you know what else it is? A time to remember and honor the things we ate and drank in the previous year.
With that in mind, I asked the people over at Foursquare, the city guide app, for the most popular bars of 2015 — which they determined by looking at ratings and number of visits to each spot.
1. Paramount, Birmingham, Alabama
"Cocktails, beer, and a vintage arcade — need I say more?"
"One of the best cheeseburgers in town! They also make a great Moscow Mule."
"Great food. Vintage video games. Cold beer!"
2. Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse, Anchorage, Alaska
"Very good rotating beer selection on tap."
"$5 make-your-own Bloody Mary bar every Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 3."
"Alaskan Amber and the halibut fish and chips are a great combination!"
3. Angels Trumpet Ale House, Phoenix, Arizona
"Great selection of microbrews, and delicious, well-made bar food."
"Best presentation of beer flights I've ever had. Write down your six picks from the board on your paper, give to your server, and they'll return with the paper and the beers in a muffin tin! Awesome!"
"Great patio outside. Microbrews you won't find many places outside of Tempe, or anywhere else. Excellent job on the menu."
5. Zeitgeist, San Francisco, California
"A beer garden with bikers, a jukebox with local bands, and a back patio full of picnic tables. As recommended by Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain."
"Home to what may be the Bay Area's best non-fast-food burger. Called the 'Gardenburger,' it's huge and juicy, and topped with freshness. There may also be homefries involved."
"Last time we sat out back at this biker bar, we played a game of poker with strangers. It was just another night at the picnic table-filled backyard at this Mission District stalwart."
6. Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, Colorado
"70 beers on tap, and they're constantly tapping rare and hard-to-find kegs. Make sure you check out the bottle list as well."
"Fried mushrooms are the best. Also one of the only places you can find Russian River or Lost Abbey on tap. A must-visit if you love craft brews."
"One of the best places to drink in the country, period."
7. J. Timothy's Taverne, Plainville, Connecticut
"Dirt style wings are the best around, hands down."
"Great beers on tap, and their pretzel and beer cheese dip is amazing."
"Excellent service, wonderful pub comfort food. Great tap list!!! Have the dirt wings!"
8. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
"The beer is all good and stuff, but are you effing kidding me, try the peanut butter vodka."
"Peanut butter vodka on the rocks. Smooth and amazing."
"Get a White Russian with chocolate vodka and peanut butter vodka. INCREDIBLE!"
9. Clevelander, Miami Beach, Florida
"Sports? Check. Beer? Check. Phenomenal wait staff? Check. Need anything else?"
"Not only one of the hottest hotels in Miami, but also a nightlife destination with multiple bar options for partying the night away. Order the Raging Bull drink for a real treat."
"Locals and tourists alike love this South Beach legend — guaranteed a (drunken) good time!!"
10. Cypress Street Pint & Plate, Atlanta, Georgia
"House draft is a Sweetwater IPA! Delicious, and only $3 a pint!"
"Get the sublime burger, sweet potato fries, and a cold draught beer."
"Beer Geek Tuesdays often bring a bevy of interesting brews on tap, and are definitely worthy of the 'Beer Geek' title."
12. Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise, Idaho
"Great food and really great BEER! Food is organic or locally grown. Not your typical 'pub food.' Extensive beer list and great cocktails as well."
"It's the beignets that get ya."
"Always an interesting, well-selected tap selection. For food, try the ham, swiss & honey mustard sandwich."
13. Sidetrack, Chicago, Illinois
"Black cherry slushy drinks and show tunes ..."
"Amazing slushy drinks and Monday Night show tunes was worth the extra night stay in Chicago once Bear Pride ended."
"Ketel One Crush, a grape-flavored, sugar-filled, tart slush drink, will make you orgasm. Or at least drunk. Yeah it's loaded with calories, but it's damn good!"
14. Ale Emporium, Indianapolis, Indiana
"Beer selection is insane — big bar and eating area. Service was fantastic!"
"Get the Hermanaki wings and pizza!!! Great beer selection."
"Great beer selection. Awesome buffalo chicken dip appetizer."
15. Wellman's Pub & Rooftop, West Des Moines, Iowa
"Beautiful rooftop patio."
"A great rooftop that’s perfect for a relaxing evening outside with friends. Plenty of beers on tap, and a great place to watch the game."
"Enjoy a cocktail at the sleek bar or on the rooftop patio."
16. Barley's Brewhaus, Overland Park, Kansas
"Milk stout on nitro rocks!!"
"Odell's, Boulevard, Founders, Breckenridge, etc."
"Great place to come to find local, regional, and import draft beers."
17. The Silver Dollar, Louisville, Kentucky
"Fried chicken and waffles, the brisket, and awesome bourbon drinks."
"Try the gold rush!"
"The Mint Julep and Kentucky Mule are excellent."
18. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans, Louisiana
"One of the oldest bars in the U.S., the infamous blacksmith shop has turned into a local favorite. Try the hurricane or voodoo daiquiris if you're on Bourbon Street in New Orleans."
"Try the purple drank!"
"Get the Voodoo Daiquiri — and watch the step."
19. Novare Res Bier Cafe, Portland, Maine
"Excellent beer selection, and a very fine cheese plate."
"Corn hole and an amazing beer selection."
"If you are in Portland and you love beer, this is a MUST."
20. Max's Taphouse, Baltimore, Maryland
"Always a great selection of beer and ciders here."
"Too many beers to choose from, and popular among the locals."
"Try the Delirium Tremens Belgian beer, fantastic!"
21. Meadhall, Cambridge, Massachusetts
"Duvel Golden Ale is easily the way to go — awesome beer selection."
"About 100 beers on tap; great place to grab a brew and hang."
"One of the best craft beer bars in the country."
22. HopCat, Detroit, Michigan
"Awesome beer selection, and the food can't be beat."
"Quickly becoming world famous. Beer list turns constantly."
"Make sure you try the crack fries. The beer list is quite impressive."
23. Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"The Psycho Zombie is delicious and strong."
"Get in the mood on the patio with a tiki drink!"
"Great pizza and beer selection — and the rock sauce is amazing!"
24. The Bulldog Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
"Great drink specials and a large draft beer selection."
"Great place to relax and have a few beers. On Wednesday, you get to keep your pint glass."
"The hottest staff in Jackson!!!"
25. Flying Saucer, Kansas City, Missouri
"Beer selection and apps; the pretzels with bratwurst are fabulous."
"Try the Goose Island Pepe Nero Peppered Saison on draft."
"Cool place, awesome beer selection. You can taste about anything, and the staff actually tastes the beer before they start serving it. Very friendly staff and people as well."
26. Iron Horse Brew Pub, Missoula, Montana
"Friendly service and great craft beer on tap!"
"Sweet potato fries and chipotle ketchup are bomb.com."
"Drink the Moose Drool. Good Stuff!"
27. Jerry's Bar, Omaha, Nebraska
"The Bloody is great. And the service is amazing."
"Try the America Harvest vodka."
"Try the Bloody Mary. It's to die for ... seriously amazing!"
29. Strange Brew Tavern, Manchester, New Hampshire
"Great beer selection and great deals on appetizers."
"Try the fried pickle chips ... AMAZING!!!"
"Definitely take advantage of the $2 draft on Tuesdays!"
30. Zeppelin Hall Restaurant & Biergarten, Jersey City, New Jersey
"American craft beers and European imports are on tap every night."
"Great beer, amazing pretzels, and the atmosphere isn't fake or kitschy."
"Good selection of beers on tap with pretzels and sausages."
31. Del Charro, Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Green chile cheeseburger and a margarita makes for a perfect lunch."
"Awesome New Mexico quesadillas and margaritas!"
"Green chile corn chowder and grilled cheese."
32. Lightship Frying Pan @ Pier 66 Maritime, New York, New York
"Grab a bucket of Coronas, order some food, and enjoy the view!"
"Great place to enjoy the view of the city and be close to the water."
"Love love love this place, get white wine sangria and clams!"
33. The Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh, North Carolina
"Amazing beer selection. Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have homemade chips."
"The seasonal craft beer selection on draught is very good."
"French Dip is excellent. Great beer menu, & you can't go wrong with Pabst."
34. Parrot's Cay, Grand Forks, North Dakota
"The beer flows like wine, and the wings are amazing."
"Come on Wednesday or Thursday for the wing special. Great service — amazing place to hang out."
"Shark sauce is amazing."
35. Winking Lizard Tavern, Independence, Ohio
"The view from the patio is great!"
"Play skeetball while drinking a random beer and enjoying the free popcorn."
"Great beer selection, good food, and many locations. Always a great experience. Oh, and you can't turn your head without finding a TV."
36. McNellie's, Tulsa, Oklahoma
"Great black bean burgers and beer selection!"
"Patty melt and the best sweet potato fries I've ever had."
"Try the fried pickles, they are the bomb!"
37. Bailey's Taproom, Portland, Oregon
"Awesome modern style pub with great beer selection!"
"High-tech draft system, and amazing local craft beer selection."
"If you like rare craft beers, then this is the place for you. Bailey's Tap Room always has about 20 solid beers on tap!"
38. Morgan's Pier, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Have a Michelada as you wash down a deep-fried liquid-nitrogen cheeseburger while dancing the night away under the Ben Franklin."
"Check out the little 'crow's nest' area for a great view at night."
"Great views of the water and Ben Franklin Bridge."
39. Mews Tavern, Wakefield, Rhode Island
"Go on the first Wednesday of each month for Pint Night! Starting at 8 pm you can buy the pint night beer special for $3 and you get a free pint glass to keep, and it's for every beer you buy!!"
"Huge selection of beer on tap, which is a plus."
"Try one of the 69 draft beers. Their motto is 'no crap on tap!'"
40. Tattooed Moose, Charleston, South Carolina
"Lucky #1 with duck fries!!!! Best sandwich I've ever eaten."
"Fantastic place, great beer list and brunch."
"Share the duck fat fries and be sure to ask about their beer selection."
41. Monks House of Ale Repute, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
"No Bud Light! Thank god! Real beer, real food, real people. Try a seasonal sample and broaden your horizons."
"Best place for craft beer in Sioux Falls."
"Try the food also ... the mashed potato pizza is amazing."
42. Acme Feed & Seed, Nashville, Tennessee
"Great music, friendly service, local vibe."
"Great local beer selection, and awesome views of the city/river. The roof is great."
"Good music, and good menu of brews."
43. Easy Tiger, Austin, Texas
"Delish food, outstanding hand-picked beer selection."
"Grab a pretzel with beer cheese and spicy mustard — top notch."
"Sit out back and enjoy the muffuletta or one of the snack boards."
44. No Name Saloon & Grill, Park City, Utah
"The heated rooftop bar is the best place on Main to have a drink."
"Pretty kitschy place with a shuffleboard table and cool atmosphere!"
"The long quirky common table on the roof deck is the place to be."
45. Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, Vermont
"Great beer selection, and the moules-frites were outstanding."
"The Lawson's Sip of Sunshine lives up to its name."
"Best beer selection in Vermont."
46. Topgolf Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia
"Great food and mini golf."
"Great place to chill with friends and talk, regardless of golf skill."
"Golf and alcohol!? Good deal."
47. Unicorn, Seattle, Washington
"Corndogs, babe-tastic bartenders, and it looks like a carnival threw up in there. Love it!"
"Get the Unicorn Jizz."
"A topsy-turvy experience."
48. Nellie's Sports Bar, Washington, D.C.
"Fabulous happy hour and super fun rooftop deck!!"
"Beat-the-clock happy hour?! Yes, please!"
"Nellie's is a gay bar at night, a sports bar during the day, has a rooftop deck, and has a must-see brunch served by singing drag queens every Sunday."
49. Mountain State Brewing Co., Morgantown, West Virginia
"The Almost Heaven Amber Ale is the best beer EVER."
"Awesome pizza, cool music, and nice people."
"Awesome wood-fired pizza, atmosphere, and who doesn't like Mountain State brews?"
50. This Is It, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Inexpensive drinks, friendly people, and the best juke box in town."
"Hidden gem. Heavy pour."
"The oldest and one of the most interesting gay bars in Milwaukee. Vintage furniture and always good service with a smile!"
51. Wonder Bar, Casper, Wyoming
"Amazing menu and selection of local beers."
"Buffalo chicken pizza ... just do it."
"Good food, friendly service!"
So there you have it. The most popular watering holes of 2015 that you probably don't remember going to.
More details about Foursquare's methodology were added in the introduction.