1. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge; Nashville, TN
422 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
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Mom’s was the original name of Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Tootsie Bess bought Mom’s in 1960. She credits a painter with naming Tootsie’s. She came in one day to find that he had painted her place orchid…thus the name Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Since then, they’ve been voted #1 Honky Tonk in The World.
2. McSorley’s Old Ale House, NYC
15 E 7th St, New York, New York
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As New York’s oldest Irish tavern, this 1800’s bar is steeped in history.
3. Fullsteam Brewery; Durham, NC
726 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27701
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Fullsteam Brewery has drag bingo, a dog friendly atmosphere and events almost every day.
4. 12th & Porter; Nashville, TN
114 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
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Anyone who has seen a show at 12th & Porter will probably tell you it is one of the best sounding rooms in Nashville. What they will also tell you, if they have been in Nashville for more than 24 hours, is that the club is not only Nashvilles’, but also one of the country’s premiere and legendary clubs. The home of classic live recordings dating back to Townes Van Zandt’s Live and Obscure (circa 1985), the stage at 12th and Porter has hosted to some of the greatest touring artists and songwriters ever to play. Ryan Adams dropped 12th and Porter’s name in the lyrics of his Demolition record. Over the course of the thousands of shows and bands that have played at 12th and Porter, the club has experienced countless once in a lifetime moments. 12th & Porter is no stranger to rare only-in-Nashville shows. In August 2005, Neil Young performed an unannounced 45-minute solo show. 12th and Porter proudly continues its leading role in Nashville’s musical skyline.
5. TWO Urban Licks; Atlanta, GA
828 Ralph Mcgill Blvd NE, Atlanta, Georgia
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TWO Urban Licks is a bar and New American restaurant with live music, house-infused cocktails and 72 barrels of wine.
6. Raleigh Times Bar; Raleigh, NC
14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh Times Bar is a pub located in a 100 year old building dedicated to the history of The Raleigh Times newspaper. They have a wide selection of Belgian beers and inventive bar fare.
7. The Tombs, DC
1226 36th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia
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The Tombs has excellent cocktails and a beautiful dark wood interior.
8. The Brewer’s Art; Baltimore, MD
1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
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Enjoy a unique dining experience in the opulent dining rooms of The Brewer’s Art. Voted Best Local Beer and Best Upscale Bar from the readers and Best Local Bottled Beer and Best First-date Bar from the editors in the 2009 City Paper Best of issue. For the past couple years we have been mentioned by The New York Times and The Washington Post as a worthy destination when spending time in Baltimore!
9. Finnigan’s Wake Irish Pub; Winston-Salem, NC
620 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Finnigan’s is a hot spot amongst all the college students throughout Winston-Salem. Constantly offering drink specials, this is the place to be when you want to get your night and weekend started off right.
10. Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery; High Point, NC
914 Mall Loop, High Point, North Carolina
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Liberty Steakhouse does many things well, but it is hard to beat their Wednesday and Thursday night drink and food specials they offer when students are in town! And if you’re a frequent visitor make sure and join their community glass event.
11. Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks; Boston, MA
528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, Massachusetts
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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks has house made chocolates, house infusions, imported bitters and a passion for cocktails.
12. Piper’s Pub; Pittsburgh, PA
1828 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Piper’s Pub is a classic Scottish sports pub with three varieties of mead.
13. Rivermont Pizza; Lynchburg, VA
2496 Rivermont Ave, Lynchburg, Virginia
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The name may suggest a simple pizza parlor, but Rivermont Pizza is actually a fun bar with a great beer selection.
14. Good Dog Bar; Philadelphia, PA
224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Good Dog Bar has pool, darts, arcade games and great drinks.
15. Teavolve Cafe & Lounge; Baltimore, MD
1401 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, Maryland
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Half coffee shop, half cocktail lounge. Teavolve has house made tea-infused sangria!
16. Boundary Stone, DC
116 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia
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Boundary Stone is an award winning pub with a classic interior and a huge whiskey menu.
17. Billy Jack’s Wing & Draft Shack; Harrisonburg, VA
92 S. Main St, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
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Billy Jack’s has a four-sided bar that will have plenty of room for you and your friends to belly up at the bar, or slide a bunch of tables of together. Be sure to join their 100 Bone Club to start tasting some great American Craft beer! Growlers are also available for beer to go.
18. Dandelion Market; Charlotte, NC
118 W 5th St, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Dandelion Market is a Tapas bar and pub. They have a huge wine and craft beer list and dancing on the weekend.
19. The Crown And Goose; Knoxville, TN
123 S Central St, Knoxville, Tennessee
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The Crown and Goose is an English pub with a venue modeled after The London Underground.
20. commonwealthSKYBAR; Charlottesville, VA
422 E Main St, Charlottesville, Virginia
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commonwealthSKYBAR is the only rooftop bar on The Charlottesville Downtown Mall. They also have a downstairs bar known as The Library Bar.
21. Hokie House; Blacksburg, VA
322 N Main St, Blacksburg, Virginia
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Hokie House is a town favorite. It’s not hard to see why, once you get a look at their daily specials.
22. The Clubhouse Bar & Billiards; Lynchburg, VA
21174 Timberlake Rd, Lynchburg, Virginia
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The Clubhouse has pool, live music and great food.
23. Colonial Tavern; Fredericksburg, VA
406 Lafayette Blvd, Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Colonial Tavern is an Irish tavern with tons of fun events. Try the cheddar ale dip!
24. The Corner Pocket; Williamsburg, VA
4805 Courthouse St. In New Town, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
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Located just minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, The Corner Pocket offers outstanding food and entertainment in a casual, upscale environment. Adjoining the restaurant and bar, The Pocket features a separate billiards room with 13 Connelly drop-pocket pool tables. The Pocket has become a Williamsburg favorite since it opened in 1992 and is known for great live music in a quality atmosphere. Local musicians as well as touring national Blues and Zydeco acts consider The Pocket one of their favorite venues.
25. Table 50; Roanoke, VA
309 Market St SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
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Table 50 in Roanoke offers a fine dining experience. Visit them for dinner, lunch or reserve the restaurant for a private party and they will do everything to make you feel welcome.
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