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America's Most Popular Bars In 2013

According to data collected by Foursquare, these are the most popular bars in all 50 states.

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Results were collected by our friends at Foursquare, exclusively for BuzzFeed.

Each bar was determined by number of check-ins in 2013 and overall ratings.


2. ALABAMA: Gallette's, Tuscaloosa

Rating: 7.9 / 10

Why it's awesome: Their signature drink, the Yellowhammer, is mixed big-batch style from a secret recipe, but it's essentially jungle juice. The University of Alabama local bar apparently goes through 4,000–5,000 cups of the stuff every home game day. Roll Tide!

4. ARIZONA: Yucca Tap Room, Tempe

Rating: 9.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: There's live music pretty much every night, ranging from open mike to rock to hip-hop. And, the Whiskey and Tap Room boasts an impressive selection of craft beers and micro-distilled spirits from around the country.

5. CALIFORNIA: The Abbey Food & Bar, West Hollywood

Rating: 9.6 / 10

Why it's awesome: The legendary WeHo gay bar is massive, with an outdoor patio, multiple bars, fireplaces, and plenty of comfy booths. As the night goes on, the atmosphere gets clubbier, and barely dressed male dancers take the stage.



Rating: 9.1 / 10

Why it's awesome: First of all, there's a mashed potato and bacon pizza on the menu (yes, please). There are multiple rooms, each with a slightly different vibe — a sit-down eating area, a pool room, a lounge, etc. — and a solid selection of house-made microbrews.


11. HAWAII: Duke's Waikiki, Honolulu

Rating: 9.3 / 10

Why it's awesome: The beach bar at its finest, the location is absolutely unparalleled. If that isn't enough — and really, that is enough — the seafood is delicious and always fresh, and the Muay Thais are strong, the way a cocktail should be.


16. KANSAS: Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence

Rating: 9.3 / 10

Why it's awesome: Well, "Because without beer, things don't seem to go as well," according to Free State. The beers on tap — brewed in the company's 14-barrel brewhouse — are as varied as the clientele, making for a casual, welcoming environment.

18. LOUISIANA: Pat O'Brien's, New Orleans

Rating: 9.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: Every drink on the cocktail list is very colorful, and deceptively strong. You can order one to-go, but it would be a shame to miss out on the piano bar, or the lush outdoor patio.


21. MAINE: Novare Res Bier Cafe, Portland

Rating: 9.2 / 10

Why it's awesome: It's a rustic, brick-walled beer hall with 25 rotating taps, two hand pumps, and over 500 bottled beers. Offering range from popular American craft brews — including many from Maine's own Allagash Brewing Company — to more traditional Trappist ales, German, and Belgian brews.

22. MICHIGAN: HopCat, Grand Rapids

Rating: 9.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: This Grand Rapids pub was voted "3rd Best Beer Bar in the World" by Beer Advocate, and "Best Brew Pub in the US" by RateBeer. With 48 craft beers on tap and a full food menu, you really can't go wrong.

24. MISSOURI: Schlafly Bottleworks, Maplewood

Rating: 9.5 / 10

Why it's awesome: The taproom serves a variety of house-made microbrews, including an exceptional coffee stout. Live music is a draw for locals, and frequent Cask Nights give patrons the chance to sip unfiltered, extra-hoppy cask ales.

25. MISSISSIPPI: The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, Ocean Springs

Rating: 9.0 / 10

Why it's awesome: It's not just a "joint," it's a destination. Get a platter of fall-off-the-bone ribs and a beer, and take in some live music (performers range from rock bands to blues musicians).

26. MONTANA: Iron Horse Brew Pub, Missoula

Rating: 7.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: A spacious venue with a long food menu that has something for everyone, this is a popular spot for large parties. And, take note: On "Martini Mondays," all signature martinis (there are a whopping seventeen on offer) are just $5.

27. NORTH CAROLINA: The Raleigh Times Bar, Raleigh

Rating: 9.5 / 10

Why it's awesome: There's ample outdoor seating, a roof-deck for those who want a city view, and a sidewalk cafe for anyone who prefers to people-watch. There are plenty of microbrews available, but the real draw is the impressive selection of Belgian beers on offer.

28. NORTH DAKOTA: Dempsey's Public House, Fargo

Rating: 8.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: A popular venue for local bands, the music is always on point at Dempsey's. And, bartenders understand how to pour a "perfect pint" of Guinness, a talent that's truly underrated.

29. NEBRASKA: Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Omaha

Rating: 9.0 / 10

Why it's awesome: The sushi menu is a mix of traditional Japanese sushi offerings and more creative, fusion rolls. Eat your fill of always-fresh fish, then spend the rest of the night in the Sake Bombers Lounge, drinking as many Sapporo sake bombs as you can handle.

30. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth

Rating: 9.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: Located on an idyllic street in Portsmouth, this place provides a cozy respite from the notoriously harsh New England weather. House-brewed beer is available on tap and in casks, and the classic bar food menu is comfort food at its best.

31. NEW JERSEY: Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Jersey City

Rating: 8.9 / 10

Why it's awesome: Thirty-foot communal tables give this beer hall a super friendly vibe that's hard to find these days. American craft beers and European imports are on tap every night, and Thursday is BaconFest, with three classic and three new bacon special dishes every week.

32. NEW MEXICO: La Cumbre Brewing Company, Albuquerque

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Why it's awesome: Inside the taproom of this small New Mexico brewery there are five house beers on tap at all times, plus another five microbrews from other breweries. The no-frills atmosphere is charming, and it's really all about the beer.

35. OHIO: Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted

Rating: 9.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: For starters, the custom Fat Head taps (pictured above) are hilariously unique and the beer is great. Be warned that the food portions are huge; you could order a regular sandwich, or, you could be bold and go for a "headwich," which promises to be at least the size of your head.

37. OREGON: Bailey's Taproom, Portland

Rating: 9.3 / 10

Why it's awesome: The 24 taps are hooked up to a digital tap list monitor, so that you can see exactly how much of each keg is left, both at the bar and on the website. There are a lot of great, obscure beers on the reserve list, and plenty of board games on the tables.

38. PENNSYLVANIA: Frankford Hall, Philadelphia

Rating: 9.3 / 10

Why it's awesome: At Frankford Hall, you get all the draws of a regular beer garden — quality beer, huge steins, long tables — plus ping-pong tables and Jenga. And in the winter, you can warm up by the fire pit.

39. RHODE ISLAND: Trinity Brewhouse, Providence

Rating: 8.8 / 10

Why it's awesome: You'll find a rotating selection of specialty beers on tap at this bar in downtown Providence. And, BONUS: for $50/year you can join the "Mug Club" and fill your 25-ounce mug with draft beer for just the price of a pint.

40. SOUTH CAROLINA: Red's Ice House, Mt. Pleasant

Rating: 8.9 / 10

Why it's awesome: Sitting right on the docks of Mt. Pleasant, this seafood shack serves impossibly fresh food with a stellar view. The selection is simple, but always served cold, and house cocktails are available by the pitcher. Try the seafood queso; it's better than it sounds.

41. SOUTH DAKOTA: Sahara Nights Hookah Lounge, Rapid City

Rating: 8.4 / 10

Why it's awesome: Sahara Nights has 50-plus flavors available in various combinations and sizes, and its shisha is serious business. Still, the vibe is super chill, and local bands take the stage most nights.

42. TENNESSEE: Honky Tonk Central, Nashville

Rating: 8.1 / 10

Why it's awesome: Sure, it's a little bit of a tourist trap, catering to the country music enthusiasts that flock to Nashville. Still, its each of its three stories has a huge balcony, and there's different live music playing on every floor, making it a worthwhile destination for visitors and locals alike.

43. TEXAS: Lucky Lounge, Austin

Rating: 9.1 / 10

Why it's awesome: Located in Austin's Warehouse District and outfitted with '60s modern furnishings, this popular bar is a neighborhood staple. It's got a laid-back atmosphere, with a rotating calendar of live music and a Monday night comedy show.

44. UTAH: Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City

Rating: 8.9 / 10

Why it's awesome: At Squatters Brewery, the focus is on making beer that's not only tasty, but also locally sourced and as environmentally friendly as possible. The owners' dedication to the community is reflected in the pub's menu, which offers an array of locally made bread, cured meat, coffee, seafood, eggs, and more. Even if that means nothing to you, the $1.99 weekend mimosas are a great deal.

45. VIRGINIA: Whitlow's on Wilson, Arlington

Rating: 9.1 / 10

Why it's awesome: It's a little tacky, but in an undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek way. There are plenty of TVs that screen multiple games at once, plus a Big Buck Hunter machine for anyone who doesn't feel like sitting and watching sports. On weekends, there's a buffet brunch and Bloody Mary bar.

47. WASHINGTON: Brave Horse Tavern, Seattle

Rating: 9.2 / 10

Why it's awesome: The outdoor patio is great, but if you prefer to be inside, there's a huge skylight over the bar that fills the dining room with sunlight. There are plenty of great beers on tap, baskets of fresh pretzels to go with them, and shuffleboard tables for those who want to do more than just sit and drink.

50. WYOMING: Snake River Brewery & Restaurant, Jackson

Rating: 8.5 / 10

Why it's awesome: Snake River claims to be "America's most award winning brewery since 1994," which is pretty awesome, if a little ambiguous. The mountain views are gorgeous, and it goes without saying that the beer is good. The food is pretty great too — try the peach and chorizo pizza, or go with the more familiar pulled pork.

Correction: Wellman's Pub and Rooftop is in West Des Moines. A previous version of this article misstated its location. (12/27/2013)

Correction: Frankford Hall serves a great variety of domestic and imported beers, but s'mores are no longer on their menu. (1/5/14)

Do you agree with the results? What's your favorite bar in your home state?