Best new bars in the U.S. mix drinks with bowling, disco and more
The masterminds behind some of America’s best bars have been busy. Outstanding new places to party have popped up all across the country, including a fun and friendly Tiki spot in Louisville, and a coastal Spanish tapas bar in the East Village of New York City. We can’t get enough of Portland’s new whiskey library, and you can now get premium bottle service in Miami for only $130!
Cheers to 2013 and our favorite, must-visit spots for the start of 2014.
Patpong Road – Miami
Tucked away above the mammoth Khong River House restaurant is itty-bitty, super-awesome Patpong Road. The teak-and-graffiti design is an American version of some place you might stumble across down an alley in Bangkok. The bar menu is premium, and the staff knows their way around a shaker tin. You can flop down on cushioned benches with your buddies and order from a menu of authentic Thai small plates.
Drink: Their Laid-ee cocktail. It’s a combo of fresh fruit juice, rum and lime, served in a plastic baggie with a straw rather than a real glass … just as it would be in Thailand.
Bonus: They offer bottle service for $130 here, with a range of great spirits and a price much lower than you will find anywhere else in Miami.
Fulton Alley – New Orleans
A brand-new boutique bowling alley bar now exists in the garage of the Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans. The best part is, it’s absolutely worth going whether you plan on knocking pins or not. The food menu is based around elevating comforting staples. For example, your fried fish tots come with smoked aioli. There are deviled eggs with cracklin’ and a pork confit salad. The drink list was designed by the same guys who brought the city Cure – a cocktail bar that’s earned numerous awards thanks to killer craft libations.
Drink: The Bowler’s Shandy. It’s a delicious bit of tongue-in-cheek with Miller High Life, a citrus Olio Saccrum and lemon juice – available by the glass or the pitcher.
Butcher & the Rye – Pittsburgh, Pa.