The Best Bars in America, 2021
From beers in a Baltimore church to Negronis at noon in San Diego


On April fifteenth, at 8:42 p.m., I had a drink. Not on Zoom. Not alone on my couch. Not outside, under a heat lamp. Nope. Inside, on a stool, at the actual, physical bar. For the first time in more than a year. To sit shoulder to shoulder with friends again, chatting with the bartender about esoteric spirits, hearing the laughter of strangers—it felt new and raw. Even with the masked staff and social distancing, the experience was unexpectedly life-affirming. All of a sudden, I felt like me again.


Publisher:
Esquire
Author:
Story Date:
5/25/2021
Story Regions:
NY-New York City, OR-Portland, WA-Seattle, ~ Midwest Region U.S., ~ Northeast Region U.S., ~ South Region U.S., ~ West Region U.S., CA-San Diego, CA-San Francisco, CA-Los Angeles, IL-Chicago, DC-Washington, D.C., LA-New Orleans
Place Grouping:
Food & Drink
Story Category:
Top/Best/Coolest Lists