Whisky River Wins Best Airport Bar for Second Time!

Chickie's & Pete's takes runner-up spot

There's nothing quite like a cold beer, glass of wine or creative cocktail to make time spent waiting for a flight fly by. These 10 airport bars, nominated by Airport Revenue News (ARN) and voted the best in North America by 10Best and USA TODAY readers, serve stellar drinks in a relaxed atmosphere

  • Pappasito's Cantina
    Houston Hobby International Airport (HOU)

    Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Houston Hobby, local favorite Pappasito's Cantina is famous for its margaritas, hand-crafted cocktails and sizable tequila list 
    Photo courtesy of Dion Hinchcliffe / Flickr

  • Four Peaks Brewery
    Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX)

    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

  • Rogue Ales
    Portland International Airport (PDX)

    In addition to the full menu of modern pub fare, Rogue Ales Public House inside Concourse D of Portland International features locally brewed beers on tap, including Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Dead Guy Ale and Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
    Photo courtesy of Rogue Ales

  • Stone Brewing Co.
    San Diego International Airport (SAN)

    Famous San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. offers 10 of its signature beers inside San Diego International Airport, in addition to a variety of wine and craft cocktails and a menu of farm-to-table food.
    Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing Co.

  • Proof Whiskey Bar
    Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

    Located post-security in Terminal C of Newark Liberty International, Proof Whiskey Bar specializes in whiskey-centric drinks, served alongside tavern-style food.
    Photo courtesy of Proof Whiskey Bar

  • District Bar
    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

    District Bar, situated in Terminal A of Ronald Reagan in Washington, serves small plates and entrees alongside a menu of beers, wines and spirits.
    Photo courtesy of District Bar

  • Bar Symon
    Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

    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. Each bar stool is equipped with a power outlet, letting flyers recharge over a drink.
    Photo courtesy of Bar Symon

  • Jack Duggan's Pub & Restaurant
    Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

    Jack Duggan's Pub & Restaurant serves traditional pub fare, as well as sandwiches and salads, to passengers traveling through Philadelphia International Airport.
    Photo courtesy of Philadelphia International Airport

  • Chickie's & Pete's
    Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

    Chickie's & Pete's, a famous Philadelphia sports bar chain, is well-represented in the airport, with locations in four terminals. 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 (CLT)

    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 (CLT)
  2. Chickie’s & Pete’s - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  3. Jack Duggan's Pub & Restaurant - Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  4. Bar Symon - Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  5. District Bar - Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  6. Proof Whiskey Bar - Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  7. Stone Brewing Co. - San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  8. Rogue Ales - Portland International Airport (PDX)
  9. Four Peaks Brewery - Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX)
  10. Pappasito's Cantina - Houston Hobby International Airport (HOU)

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

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

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