Whisky River Named Best Airport Bar

Chickie's & Pete's, Four Peaks Brewery, Cigar City Brewing and Reilly's Daughter Irish Pub also winners

Killing time at the airport is a whole lot easier with a drink in hand. Our 10 winners for Best Airport Bar – as voted on by USA TODAY 10Best readers – offer travelers both stellar drink selections (think craft beers and bubbly) served in a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
    Nashville International Airport

    Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a honky-tonk bar with a location at Nashville International Airport at two locations: North side pre-security and near Gate C-7. This famed music venue and tavern offers patrons atmosphere, entertainment and an all-star menu with delicious choices of food from other Nashville icons Swett’s Meat n’ Three and Whitt’s BBQ.
    Photo courtesy of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

  • The 40/40 Club
    Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport

    Inspired by the original 40/40 Club created by Jay Z and business partner Juan Perez in Manhattan, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's version of the bar serves beers, sandwiches and wings to flyers.
    Photo courtesy of The 40/40 Club

  • The Firkin & Fox
    Washington Dulles International Airport

    A popular staple at Dulles International Airport for many years, The Firkin & Fox continues to delight travelers with a British Pub experience. Recently relocated to a new home in Concourse A, the restaurant continues to serve favorites, including Fish & Chips, Shepherd's Pie and a great selection of beer and spirits.
    Photo courtesy of The Firkin & Fox

  • Vino Volo
    Los Angeles International Airport

    Located in the international terminal of Los Angeles International Airport, Vino Volo offers small plates, breakfast, lunch and dinner along with fantastic wines in a comfortable atmosphere.
    Photo courtesy of Vino Volo

  • Bar Symon
    Pittsburgh International Airport

    Bar Symon offers flyers at Pittsburgh International Airport an impressive food and drink menu designed by celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner Michael Symon.
    Photo courtesy of Bar Symon

  • Reilly's Daughter Irish Pub
    Chicago Midway International Airport

    Reilly’s Daughter Irish Pub inside Chicago Midway International offers travelers a relaxed atmosphere that really captures the essence of a true Old World pub.
    Photo courtesy of Reilly's Daughter Irish Pub

  • Cigar City Brewing
    Tampa International Airport

    Cigar City Brewing melds rich local flavors with a wide-selection of ever-changing brews that have made them a household name among beer enthusiasts. One of the first microbreweries to actually brew beer inside an airport, Cigar City is a favorite among travelers who are looking for a taste of Tampa Bay.
    Photo courtesy of Cigar City Brewing

  • Four Peaks Brewery
    Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

    In addition to a menu including burgers and sandwiches, the Four Peaks Brewery location inside Sky Harbor Airport pours beers crafted by the local Phoenix brewer of the same name.
    Photo courtesy of Four Peaks Brewery

  • Chickie's & Pete's
    Philadelphia International Airport

    Chickie's & Pete's, a famous Philadelphia sports bar chain, is well-represented in the airport. Flyers enjoy a great selection of beers on tap and a menu of food to pair with.
    Photo courtesy of Chickie's & Pete's

  • Whisky River
    Charlotte Douglas International Airport

    Whisky River, created in partnership with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., features an extensive food menu and a bar offerings for travelers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Those with a layover should try the signature drink Moonshine Mule made with Midnight Moon original moonshine, ginger beer and lime juice.
    Photo courtesy of Whisky River

The top 10 winners in the category Best Airport Bar are as follows:

  1. Whisky River - Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  2. Chickie’s & Pete’s - Philadelphia International Airport
  3. Four Peaks Brewery - Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
  4. Cigar City Brewing - Tampa International Airport
  5. Reilly’s Daughter Irish Pub - Chicago Midway International Airport
  6. Bar Symon - Pittsburgh International Airport
  7. Vino Volo - Los Angeles International Airport
  8. The Firkin & Fox - Washington Dulles International Airport
  9. The 40/40 Club - Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  10. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - Nashville International Airport

Airport Revenue News (ARN) worked with industry experts to vet and nominate 15 finalists in this category, and USA TODAY 10Best readers had three weeks to vote daily for their favorites.

10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winning airport concessions.

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