Home&Decoration presents you the Best Lounge Bars in the USA to relax after work. Today, this kind of bar numbers in the thousands, and you can find them in just about every town in the country. Boise. Knoxville. Indianapolis. Springfield—all of the Springfields. Everywhere. In New York and San Francisco and other places where real estate is expensive, the venerable, homey, and very human old dives are closing and these are opening instead.
Where it is: 271 Eleventh Avenue, New York, New York
Though top restaurateurs have opened bars before, none have succeeded quite as brilliantly as Danny Meyer of Union Square Cafe and, of course, Shake Shack fame. Meyer’s joints have always gone easy on the chef shenanigans and hardcore on service and hospitality.
Where it is: 50 Anderson Avenue, Rochester, New York
Even though Good Luck bills itself primarily as a restaurant, its bartenders have been making craft cocktails since 2008 at the big square bar right in the center of the room. It’s loud, boisterous, busy.
Where it is: 364 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey
Japp’s opened in 1879 as a wig shop and in time became a fancy one: all carved wood and stained glass. Then its brick-and-stone neighborhood fell on hard times until 2011, when Molly Wellmann, the Bar Queen of Cincinnati, discovered the place, restored it, and introduced it as this civilized cocktail bar.
Japp’s Since 1879
Where it is: 1134 Main Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
It’s been around since 1950 and kinda looks like it, a hard-ridden reminder of when California represented The Good Life—As Seen on TV. There’s a gas grill, right in the middle of the bar, for cooking your own steaks; a piano and a jukebox; and a menu filled with stiff cocktails.
Where it is: 339 East Seventy-fifth Street, New York, New York
Manhattan’s Upper East Side has nothing but museums and cultural institutions—the sort of places you go to and, upon exiting, say quietly to yourself, “You know what would be nice right now?” The answer, invariably, is a cocktail. At Seamstress, you’ll get an excellent one and enjoy a rollicking atmosphere, and if the bar’s original creations don’t appeal, choose from the list of fifty all-time classics.
Founding Fathers Pub
Where it is: 75 Edward Street, Buffalo, New York
It’s the only dive bar in America obsessively devoted to presidential history—and it’s got great drinks, too. Occupying an 1870s brick livery stable in a handsome old house part of town, it’s draped in flags, paneled in plaques and prints, and strewn with presidential kickshaws. Plus, it offers a deep bench of local brews.
Where it is: 600 Polk Street, San Francisco, California
Have you ever wanted to drink in an 1890s London Tube station converted into an illicit gin distillery, with a classic Victorian “gin palace” in the back? Here’s your chance.