Playboy Launches Search to Find the Best New Bars in America

Playboy Enterprises Inc LogoEvery year, the editors at Playboy search the US for the top new places to get a good drink – the spots where they take making a good drink seriously, but don’t take themselves too seriously.  After calling for nominations from readers, bartenders, writers and industry insiders, Playboy’s list of the 50 Best New Bars in America 2016 was unveiled here.

Chicago and New York City are clearly the best drinking towns for people who want to try somewhere new, with 5 nominations each.  New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle each come in with 3 nominations.

For the next two weeks, bar hoppers everywhere are encouraged to vote for their favourite nominee to help Playboy’s editors determine the Best 10 New Bars in America. The 10 winners will be announced in the November issue of Playboy magazine. Voting opened August 22 and continues until August 31.  One vote per reader per day.

The complete list of finalists are as follows:



Hojoko, Boston
Fresh Kills, Brooklyn
Yours Sincerely, Brooklyn
Dante, New York
Solomon & Kuff, New York
Suffolk Arms, New York
Grapperia, Pittsburgh
Columbia Room, Washington
Left Door, Washington


The S.O.S. Tiki Bar, Atlanta
Ticonderoga Club, Atlanta
Small Victory, Austin
The Townsend, Austin
Foxhole, Bentonville
Bar Mash, Charleston
Rapscallion, Dallas
Canard, Houston
Eight Row Flint, Houston
Sweet Liberty, Miami
Bastion, Nashville
Old Glory, Nashville
Bar Frances, New Orleans
Comprere Lapin, New Orleans
Revel, New Orleans
Herman’s Loan Office, Orlando


GreenRiver, Chicago
Mezcaleria, Chicago
Milk Room, Chicago
Moneygun, Chicago
Sparrow, Chicago
Overlook Lodge, Cincinnati
Standby, Detroit
Gib’s, Madison
Tattersall, Minneapolis
Retreat, St. Louis


Occidental, Denver
Bar Leather Apron, Honolulu
Montecristo Cigar Bar, Las Vegas
Break Room 86, Los Angeles
Old Man Bar at Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles
Viviane, Los Angeles
Starline Social Club, Oakland
Bit House Saloon, Portland
Kindred, San Diego
Bellota, San Francisco
The Treasury, San Francisco
White Chapel, San Francisco
Bar Melusine, Seattle
Dark Bar, Seattle
JarrBar, Seattle

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