Hot Horseshoe-Shaped Bars

Julia Bainbridge
Food Editor

Oh, the things a horseshoe-shaped bar allows you to do…

Should you be so lucky to sit at the edge, its curve coerces you to loop one leg atop the other, twisting your whole body towards Whoever That Is on your left. (As Cher Horowitz wisely noted: “Would you look at that body language? Legs crossed towards each other—that’s an unequivocal sex invite.”) Sit at the tippy top, and you have a clear-shot view down each side, including whatever canoodling might come with it. Burrow into the last seat, flush with the wall, and you’re tucked away, safe to carry on whatever clandestine conversations you might.

Here are some of the best horseshoe-shaped bars in the country. You will (or won’t, maybe) find us here.

Hard Water in San Francisco, California Photo credit: Courtesy Hard Water

E. Smith Mercantile in Seattle, Washington Photo credit: Dorothee Brand

Dig a Pony in Portland, Oregon Photo credit: Zachary Archer, Randall Garcia & Minh Tran

Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Photo credit: Courtesy Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge

Patterson House in Nashville, Tennessee Photo credit: Landy Gardner Interiors

Rocket to Venus in Baltimore, Maryland Photo credit: Eric Blair

Maison Premiere in Brooklyn, New York Photo credit: Courtesy Maison Premiere