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I started collecting photos of bars I liked and have added highlights of others who think they have a good photo of a great bar. The bar can be great either because it is wonderful visually, because of a great bartender, or because of a great drink collection. Perhaps it is because the people are great, or the memories. These bars can be big or small, well known or not, private or public. I do not include highlights that just show a drink, even if I know the bar itself is great.
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1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, USA
The Summit Lounge is part of the Broadmoor Hotel. More than 200 small vineyard wines are stored in a Wine Turret inside a cylinder glass wine room on view from the bar. If you have enough time, you can work your way though the collection in a...
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1116 W Riverside Dr, Kohler, WI 53044, USA
Not all bars allow you a place to sit at the bar. Some are just holes in the wall there you can place on order. River Wildlife is a private club created near Whistling Straits golf course. But anyone who is staying at the American Club Resort can...
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S42 W31320 WI-83, Genesee Depot, WI 53127, USA
Owner and chief bartender Curt started collecting single malts over 20 years ago. He merely says he has one of the best single malt collections in the upper midwest. Once when I was visiting, I met a man who travels the world sampling single malts...
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2519 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
B.L.U.E.S. is not a big bar, but they play plenty of great blues (and have been voted best blues club on Chicago's North Side). Primarily local artists play in this comfortable, intimate setting. If you want a seat, push way in past the stage and...
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2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
While the Washington Park Arboretum is a great place for a hike, it is a difficult place for a drink. Unfortunately there are no bars in the Washington Park Arboretum, so sone of those living on the edge of the park have made their own watering...
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Johannesburg, South Africa
After a memorable night of Home Dinners, everyone (including the locals) will meet up to party at Randlords, the rooftop bar and lounge with the best view in Johannesburg, for a glamorous evening of cocktails, DJs, and fashion show by designer...
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603 Paseo de Martí, La Habana, Cuba
Yes, you read that correctly. This beautiful bar at the Saratoga Hotel is a place for both drinking and smoking. Now forgotten in the US, this used to be how most people passed their time in bars in the "olden days" - here in Cuba, it IS the...
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6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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I've been going to Richardson's as my favorite neighborhood local since they opened over 20 years ago. Great southwestern food, seafood and margaritas. They opened a sister restaurant a few blocks away called Rokerij a few years ago. It was really...
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Kidathineon 41, Athina 105 58, Greece
While sitting outside at a café in Plaka, the historical neighborhood in Athens, a brightly colored wall across the way—filled with bottles—caught my eye. Ouzo was something I wanted to try, as it is for many first-time visitors to Greece, but...
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3-7-1-2, 3丁目-7 西新宿 新宿区 東京都 163-1055, Japan
Immortalized on celluloid in the film Lost in Translation, the modernist property spreads across the upper floors of the three connecting granite, steel, and glass columns of Shinjuku Park Tower. The 770-foot building rises in a succession of...
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2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
by Jocelyn C. Zuckerman When hotelier Ian Schrager took over this landmark property in 2006, he brought in artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel to oversee the decor. The result is as sexy and provocative as you’d expect. In the lobby, red...
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4234 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
The bars I like are either great visual experiences, great memories, or have great people. Oh, and they should have good things to drink. Try a pint of Mac and Jack here. McGilvra's has a nice view of Lake Washington, and great memories of...
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Zaragoza 38, Centro, 46600 Ameca, Jal., Mexico
This bar is a couple hours east Puerto Vallarta. Not only is it quite colorful, one can observe that the beer is never too cold. That's OK at this altitude. The drive to the bar from Puerto Vallarta is interesting, and the town itself is worth a...