It's hard to choose the very best cocktail bars in the United States, there are so many contenders. Clearly there's nothing for a conscientious cocktail lover to do but try them all. To get started, here are several lists: two of our own, several from About.com's destination experts, and then a few reputable lists by colleagues at other publications including Travel +Leisure, Bon Appetit, Esquire and GQ.
The United States is a big country, with way too many terrific cocktail bars to pack into one list.
There was nothing to do but break it up into two, and why not do it in good old fashioned alphabetical order? Herewith, the best cocktail bars from A-D, which includes bars in Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Portland and New York City.
And in part two, the latter half of the alphabet is represented with bars in Los Angeles, Charleston, New York City, McMinnville Oregon (in the Willamette Valley), and Chicago. The best cocktail bars from E-Z
About.com Cocktail Bar Lists
About.com's thirsty regional experts have their own picks of best cocktail bars, well worth a look:
Best Cocktail Bars According to Travel+Leisure, Esquire, GQ and more