Here are 30 of the hottest cocktail bars in the United States right now. It’s been nearly a year since the last update of the national cocktail heatmap, but now it’s time once again to hone in on the new and the most buzzed about bars. This selection includes everything from New York City’s award-winning best new bar (The Dead Rabbit), José Andrés’ innovative new cocktail bar in Washington, DC (barmini), several restaurants with excellent bar programs (Atlanta’s Kimball House, Denver’s Acorn), and a couple of new distilleries that are shaking up cocktails with their very own liquor (Chicago’s CH Distillery, Detroit’s Two James Spirits). There’s also a big emphasis on tiki drinks at cocktail bars across the country, including a tiki bar within a bar in Minneapolis (The Torpedo Room), Chicago’s Hollywood-like tiki room (Three Dots and a Dash), and a New Orleans venture that has been described as “proto-tiki” (Cane & Table).
As always, the bars listed below opened within the past year (or so) and are listed in alphabetical order.
Tried any of the places on the list or feel there are any glaring omissions? You know what to do.