Favorite Bars in the US

Carousel Bar 

Location: New Orleans, LA

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Located inside the historic Monteleone Hotel is the Carousel Bar which features a real carousel and yes, it spins. No horses here, though. You’ll get your own bar stool and the rotation takes about 15 minutes so most likely you won’t get dizzy. The drinks are delicious too. I love the French 007 but the Pimm’s Cup is also refreshing.

French 007
French 007

Flight

Location: Memphis, TN

fullsizeoutput_28Flight is actually a restaurant but is one of the best ideas ever. Most people know of flights in terms of wine. This restaurant takes it to whole new level – everything is a flight. You can get a salad flight, a soup flight, and each entrée can be mixed and matched.

And yes, you can get wine flights.

 

Oddjob

Location: San Francisco, CA

If you live or ever go to San Francisco, you must head to this bar immediately. It is one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been to and the drinks will always be delicious because they are made specifically to your current mood or tastes.

Located down a little alley, head to the room on the left, called SRO. There are only a few seats at the bar so you may have to wait, and each drink takes some time, but trust me it’s worth it. Once you have the bartender’s attention, he will ask you a few questions then custom make a drink for you. The first time, my friend mentioned she had sushi for dinner and loved Manhattans so he made her a yuzu Manhattan.

 

Sidetrack

Location: Chicago, IL

This is my absolute favorite gay bar, not only because they have Cosmos on tap and frozen drinks whirring, but because they have Musical Mondays. If you’re any kind of musical theater fan, you will love MM. They play clips all night and there’s plenty of sing along’s and Rocky Horror-type audience interactions. Even if you just go to watch, you’ll have a good time. Plus the frozen pineapple mai tais are DELICIOUS.

 

The Violet Hour

Location: Chicago, IL

img_3285This speakeasy-type bar serves up some very delicious cocktails. They use loves of unique flavors and are all about the bitters and egg whites. Their menu changes frequently but you can still ask for a former drink. The first time I got a Romeo & Juliet which was herbaceous and fell in love with it so I asked for it again the last time.

 

Three Dots and a Dash

Location: Chicago, IL

img_3312Another speakeasy-type bar in Chicago (hmm, I wonder why). This one is in the basement and is a Tiki bar paradise. The drink menu is fun and each drink comes in its own special glass (which you may purchase, and I did). Be careful though, the drinks can be potent! I fell in love with the Surf Report, complete with salty foamy goodness.

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