Best Beer Bar (2021)


It's not an easy feat deciding what you want when going out for a beer at one of these 10 bars. Each offers a stellar selection of draft and bottled beers, many with a focus on regional or Belgian selections. Pair that with a relaxed atmosphere and knowledgable bar staff ready to help any guest become a beer junkie, and you've got a recipe for a great beer bar.

  • Salud Beer Shop

    Salud Beer Shop
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    Opened in 2012 as a bottle shop, Salud Beer Shop in Charlotte's North Davidson neighborhood has grown into a local favorite beer bar, complete with 16 taps and hundreds of bottled craft beers from around the world. 
    Photo courtesy of Salud Beer Shop

  • Harlem Hops

    Harlem Hops
    New York

    The tagline at Harlem Hops is “Beers. Booze. Bites. Beats.” Visitors will find 16 taps, with mostly niche, small-batch beers made locally by people of color, served alongside bar bites like bratwurst or fresh-baked guma pies. DJs spin tunes on the weekends.
    Photo courtesy of Sabrina Thompson / Harlem Hops

  • BierWax

    Brooklyn, New York

    BierWax is part beer bar, part record store, with more than 5,000 vinyl records to compliment the tap list. Beer lovers will find beers from mostly local, independent breweries around New York state.
    Photo courtesy of Miguel Rivas @thebeertrekker

  • Max's Taphouse

    Max's Taphouse

    Patrons who enter this brick bar in Baltimore will be blown away by the beer selection: 1,000+ bottles, 102 taps and five casks. From newbies to experts, all levels of beer drinkers can find something to enjoy here – including standard favorites to rare imports – and all it takes is a quick chat with one of the highly knowledgeable bartenders. 
    Photo courtesy of Max's Taphouse

  • Falling Rock Tap House

    Falling Rock Tap House

    Falling Rock was one of the first bars in Denver to celebrate the world of craft beer. The list of more than 90 beers on tap and 120-plus bottles is carefully selected to feature the best of craft breweries from Colorado, the US and the world. Regular tappings and beer events promote celebrated and hard-to-find beers. A popular gathering spot during the Great American Beer Festival, Falling Rock is central to Denver’s craft beer scene.
    Photo courtesy of Falling Rock Tap House

  • HopCat

    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    HopCat started in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2008 and has garnered heaps of praise and many awards for its selection of great beer from around the world. Some of the best local, regional and global craft beers are on 49 taps, and more than 250 bottles expands the offerings. It could be their famous beer-battered Cosmik Fries, but more likely it’s the wide range of beers, passionate bartenders, a fun atmosphere and a year-round patio that make HopCat a top destination for beer aficionados.
    Photo courtesy of HopCat

  • Wades Wines

    Wades Wines
    Westlake Village, California

    This little gem has a huge variety of excellent beers, both in the bottle shop and at the tasting bar. The staff knows their beers and will be happy to help you find the perfect brew from their selection of dozens of taps.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / tedpagel

  • Meddlesome Moth

    Meddlesome Moth

    This upscale gasropub in Dallas brings together some of the world’s best beers with a menu of small bites and shared plates. Enjoy a brew in the elegant dining room or outside on the spacious patio. The bar often pours rare and limited releases among their rotating collection of taps.
    Photo courtesy of Meddlesome Moth

  • The Birch

    The Birch
    Norfolk, Virginia

    Housed in a former industrial building in Norfolk, Virginia, The Birch is clear-minded in its approach to beer. The carefully selected beer list includes 21 beers and five ciders and meads on tap. Periodically throughout the year, to encourage patrons to try something new, The Birch hosts week-long mini festivals during which all the taps and the bottle list adhere to one theme, such as dark, bitter or sour.
    Photo courtesy of The Birch

  • Novare Res Bier Café

    Novare Res Bier Café
    Portland, Maine

    Beer lovers in Portland, Maine will find more than two dozen rotating taps and some 300 bottles at Novare Res Bier Café, each served in style-appropriate glassware. When the weather is nice, patrons gather over pints on outdoor picnic tables.
    Photo courtesy of Zak Taillon / Novare Res Bier Café


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

  1. Salud Beer Shop - Charlotte, North Carolina
  2. Harlem Hops - New York
  3. BierWax - Brooklyn, New York
  4. Max's Taphouse - Baltimore
  5. Falling Rock Tap House - Denver
  6. HopCat - Grand Rapids, Michigan
  7. Wades Wines - Westlake Village, California
  8. Meddlesome Moth - Dallas
  9. The Birch - Norfolk, Virginia
  10. Novare Res Bier Café - Portland, Maine

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning beer bars!

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