Best Cider Bar (2018)


Move over craft beer; there's a new beverage in town. Hard cider, a gluten-free drink made with fermented apples is enjoying its own artisanal renaissance, with cideries and cider bars popping up across the United States.

  • Bishop Cidercade

    Bishop Cidercade

    Located in the Dallas Design District, Bishop Cidercade appeals to the young at heart with 165 new and vintage arcade games, best enjoyed with a glass of cider in hand. There are 24 ciders on tap, many made in house.
    Photo courtesy of Cidercade / Facebook

  • Sociable Cider Werks

    Sociable Cider Werks

    The Minneapolis taproom of Sociable Cider Werks features a rotating tap of half a dozen ciders, alongside meads, infusions and beers. Visiting food trucks keep hungry drinkers happy.
    Photo courtesy of Sociable Cider Werks

  • Bantam Cider Taproom

    Bantam Cider Taproom
    Somerville, Mass.

    Bantam specializes in what they call "modern American cider," several of which you can sample in their Somerville taproom. Visitors an choose from half a dozen options, including the flagship Wunderkind.
    Photo courtesy of Kelsey Roth / Flickr

  • Julian Hard Cider

    Julian Hard Cider
    Julian, Calif.

    All the hard ciders from Julian Hard Cider are made with 100 percent apple juice with no added sugars or concentrates. The Miner's Saloon, housed in an old apple picking facility, offers 10 flavors on tap along with live music on the weekends.
    Photo courtesy of Julian Hard Cider

  • Capitol Cider

    Capitol Cider

    Situated in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Capitol Cider offers one of the country's largest selections of ciders on tap. Drinkers can choose among 20 ciders on draft and another 150 in the bottle from around the Pacific Northwest and Europe.
    Photo courtesy of Capitol Cider / Facebook

  • Urban Orchard Cider

    Urban Orchard Cider
    Asheville N.C.

    The West Asheville taproom and production facility of Urban Orchard Cider Company pours a selection of eight naturally gluten-free ciders. Offerings typically include Urban Orchard's three flagship hard ciders, as well as more inventive options ranging from sweet to bone dry. A downtown Asheville location is slated to open in August 2018.
    Photo courtesy of Stephan Pruitt Photography / Urban Orchard Cider Co.

  • Finger Lakes Cider House

    Finger Lakes Cider House
    Interlaken, N.Y.

    At Finger Lakes Cider House in New York, visitors can sip on several house made Kite & String ciders, as well as rotating guest ciders each month. There's a heavy focus on ciders coming from farm-based orchards in the Finger Lakes region.
    Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Cider House

  • Schilling Cider House

    Schilling Cider House
    Portland, Ore. and Seattle

    The Schilling Cider House, with locations in Portland and Seattle, boasts one of the nation's largest selections of craft hard ciders–32 on tap in Seattle and 50 in Portland, as well as more than 250 bottles from around the globe.
    Photo courtesy of Schilling Cider

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    Opened in 2016 as Chicago's first cider-focused pub, The Northman has quickly earned itself a spot on the cider map thanks to its selection of ciders, both on draft and in the can and bottle, from around the world.
    Photo courtesy of The Northman

  • Lost Valley Cider Co.

    Lost Valley Cider Co.

    Lost Valley Cider Co. explores the vast cider landscape with more than 20 draft offerings from around the globe (including a few house made ciders) with even more by the can or bottle.
    Photo courtesy of Lost Valley Cider Co

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

  1. Bishop Cidercade - Dallas
  2. Sociable Cider Werks - Minneapolis
  3. Bantam Cider Taproom - Somerville, Mass.
  4. Julian Hard Cider - Julian, Calif.
  5. Capitol Cider - Seattle
  6. Urban Orchard Cider - Asheville N.C.
  7. Finger Lakes Cider House - Interlaken, N.Y.
  8. Schilling Cider House - Portland, Ore. and Seattle
  9. The Northman - Chicago
  10. Lost Valley Cider Co. - Milwaukee

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Congratulations to all these winning bars!

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