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The Most Popular Bar in the 25 Biggest Cities in America, According to Lyft

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Over the past few years, ride-sharing has become one of the most popular ways to get to our favorite watering holes. It’s safer, results in less drunk driving and it’s convenient. But all that app-assisted travel also provides something else: valuable data on the most popular bars.

Moneyish teamed up with Lyft to analyze data on the bars that people catch the most rides to in the 25 largest cities in America. Most are beer-focused with food, and a few of them represent the best of what a city has to offer in drinks and scene.

In terms of sheer numbers, these are the most popular bars in 25 cities:

Atlanta: Ormsby’s. A neighborhood tavern on the west side of the city. Lots of craft beer and classic cocktails are on the menu, as well as pub food. Plus, bar games are scattered throughout the large space. So. Many. Games.

Austin: Cheer Up Charlies. An organic vegan bar with local beer, lots of events, kombucha on tap and fresh squeezed juice cocktails.

Baltimore: Max’s Taphouse. A beer bar with lots of upscale pub food. Max’s features more than 1,000 different bottles of beer to choose from, 102 taps and five casks.

Boston: Harpoon Brewery and Beer Hall. In Boston, the most Lyfted place isn’t a traditional bar, it’s a full on brewery attachment. Harpoon Brewery’s beer bar serves beer from right next door and plenty of pretzels and pub food.

Chicago: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Don’t let the word “Athletic” throw you off. The bar is an upscale social club that was built in 1891. Today, the elevated cocktails and high class food draw locals and tourists alike.

Dallas: The Rustic. An outdoor bar that has some of the most ‘grammable drinks in the country, particularly their frozen Rimy Rita.

Denver: Viewhouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop. A huge, multi-level bar with an outdoor patio as well. The perfect spot to enjoy a custom cucumber Moscow Mule and all of Denver’s local beer and spirits.  

Detroit: HopCat Royal Oak. A rooftop bar with 100 taps to choose from and space for all of the summer drinking you could wish for.

Houston: Axelrad Beer Garden. Beer, cocktails, hammocks and music. Those are the words that describe Axelrad best.

Los Angeles: The Abbey. A legendary and world-famous bar that won MTV’s best gay bar in the world twice. It’s more than just a bar thanks to innovative cocktails inspired by global flavors, and upscale food.

Miami: Wood Tavern. Named the best beer bar in Miami by Zagat. There’s also tacos and ever-changing graffiti walls that are representative of the murals and art in the Wynwood neighborhood it calls home.

Nashville: Kung Fu Saloon. Not your everyday honky tonk. A bar, restaurant and vintage arcade wrapped into one, Kung Fu Saloon also turns into a big dance party at night.

Hoboken: 1 Republik. An upscale sports bar with pub food, beer, bottle service and lots of TVs to watch the game on.

New Orleans: Pat O’Brien’s. The home of the Hurricane, Pat O’Brien’s is a Bourbon Street bar that’s been open since 1933. Even though it’s easy to walk to, it seems like it’s one place that people really want to start (or end) their New Orleans night.

New York: House of Yes. A high energy club in Brooklyn that is a massive draw for creatives and all lovers of fun.

Orlando: The Beacham. A music venue bar that brings in both big acts and up and comers.

Philadelphia: Woody’s. An LGBTQ bar with multiple dance floors and music styles that’s been open for 36 years.

Pittsburgh: Tequila Cowboy. A place that lists itself as a “little bit country, little bit rock n’ roll.” It was on the ABC show Nashville.

Phoenix: El Hefe in Scottsdale. A taco spot that describes itself as “Dia de Los Muertos—but with style.” There are Beer-garitas and so many different types of tacos and Margs.

Portland: White Owl Social Club. This spot has won awards as Portland’s best patio bar, and also features vegan food with quality cocktails. It’s the largest outdoor patio and fire pit in the city.

Salt Lake City: Gracie’s. Claims to be the city’s one and only gastropub, with two floors and two patios for good food, along with 22 large flat screens, pool tables, shuffleboard and other games.

San Francisco: Zeitgeist. A dive bar/biergarten with a huge variety of beers and award-winning Bloody Marys. There’s also outdoor picnic tables.

Seattle: Fremont Brewing. Another bar attached to and run by a brewery. There’s an urban beer garden where everyone in the beer loving city of Seattle can gather and drink craft beer.

St. Louis: Mollys in Soulard. Big outdoor beer garden and food joint that’s a hot spot for local sports games.

Washington, D.C.: Nellie’s Sports Bar. Multiple floors with a theme for every night, like Movie Mondays, Smart Ass Trivia Wednesdays and Drag Brunch Sundays.

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