The title, “World’s Best Bar,” certainly means different things to different people. For some it’s the ambience, for others, the drinks are the stars, and for a few others, the best pub is incomplete without great eats.
While no one answer defines the “Best Watering Hole,” here in this list, we’ve rounded up some of the unique beer pubs from all over the world. From inns and lounges in the heart of New York City to pubs in India’s Silicon City, we’ve got it all. From speakeasies to the wildest Tiki bars, we’ve got it all!
So, what are you waiting for? Read on and start planning your next “Beer Trip” around the world.
AKKURAT, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sweden is not the first country that pops into one’s mind when one thinks about beer. But, Akkurat in Stockholm has a massive cult following. The list of more than 600 different types of beers means you are sure to be spoilt for choice. From cellared vintage beauties to cuvees that aren’t found anywhere else, there’s sure to be something that suits you specifically.
Also, the food menu isn’t an afterthought. You have some excellent choices to keep you going.
BEERHOUSE ON LONG, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
While this one doesn’t often rank in the list of beer aficionados, it’s worth a visit. This is indeed an oasis in Africa and serves as an introduction to the burgeoning craft brew scene in the country. With more than 20 taps and 100 different types of bottles, you’re sure to find something that catches your fancy.
Apart from the vast variety, this pub also offers you nuggets of information about the local production styles. The bar is committed to promoting local flavours and this makes this one a real standout.
THE BREW DOCK, DUBLIN, IRELAND
What’s a beer list without featuring pubs from Ireland? While Ireland is known for its Guinness, that doesn’t mean the craft beer scene is weak. It’s far from that. The Brew Dock is the perfect example of the classic Irish pub: friendly locals, free-flowing conversation, authentic eats and delicious meals.
Additionally, you can find 24 taps, with several beers from the pub’s brewery in Galway Bay. Apart from the 24 taps, you can also order nearly 100 different bottled brews from all over the world. What more, the pub serves its drinks in the right type of glassware, which is a rarity in Ireland.
CAFE ABSEITS, BAMBURG, GERMANY
With a lively outdoor biergarden and one of the most extensive collections of German beers (including Bavarian and other styles), it doesn’t get better than this. Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, Andechser, and other local specialties like the Weyermann, Schlenkerla the beer list is pretty extensive. And true to German style, the beers are rotated to match the season.
What makes the Cafe Abseits a must visit for beer lovers is the legendary hospitality of the owner, Gerhard. A beer fanatic, he is always close on-hand to deliver the most knowledgeable information about the brews you are drinking.
THE EUSTON TAP, LONDON, ENGLAND
Located in an authentic Victorian-era gatehouse, this pub has a killer location right in the mid of the London tourist circuit. And true to English tastes, this London pub features eight rotating casks that showcase the most exquisite flavours from around the world. Some of the popular flavours include Thornbridge, Liverpool and Hewitt’s.
Apart from the casks, you can also choose from 20 taps and over 150+ bottles. Don’t fancy a beer? Then hop into its sister pub right across the street. The Cider Tap is the only pub in London that’s dedicated to cider.
THE GLOBE, HONG KONG, CHINA
While it’s true that you can find a pub at every corner in central Hong Kong, what’s difficult is to find one with a good selection. The Globe manages to achieve just that. It’s a gastropub with nearly 18+ rotating drafts featuring plenty of local, Asian, American, European, and Japanese craft brews.
The bartenders are highly knowledgeable and are there to help you find the right brew that suits your tastes.
LA FINE MOUSSE, PARIS, FRANCE
It’s true that the French are more addicted to their wine than beer. However, in the last few years, the beer scene has seen a massive revolution to the glee of Parisian beer geeks. The La Fine Mousse in the capital has more than 20+ taps and features 150 bottles of the best of France. Apart from national brews, you can also find plenty of beers from Dupont and de la Senne in Belgium.
Now, let’s take a look closer home. Here are a few resto-pubs that are making waves in town.
BRONX BREWERY AND BAR EXCHANGE, GURGAON
It’s a multi-level entertainment hub located in Sector 29 in Gurgaon. Each floor provides you a different experience. Check out the cellar basement for a cosy evening with friends or head to the terrace for magnificent views over the city.
Not sure what to choose? Try out samples before you can make a decision. With the thrill of a Bar Exchange, this place offers one of the best craft beer experiences in the whole country.
BIG PITCHER, BANGALORE
If you’re looking for the most happening pub in Bangalore, then you must hit up Big Pitcher. With house-brewed beers, pub quizzes, six floors of the best gastronomical experience, discotheque, special events like stand-comedies, this one’s sure to delight all your senses.
The pub brews premium high-quality craft beer that ranges from ales to lagers, signature beers, and other seasonal offerings. Apart from beers, Big Pitcher also specialises in premium cocktails, Single Malts, Fused Whiskeys and so on.
PUNJABI BY NATURE
This one’s located in two locations, in Gurgaon as well as in Bangalore. As the name suggests, this pub brings you the best of desi drinks paired with the best of north Indian cuisines. Enjoy your favourite dishes in a relaxing ambience while you sip on your favourite brews and try new ones.
WRAPPING IT UP
We’re pretty sure that this list isn’t extensive or exhaustive. What’s your favourite watering hole in your locality and why do you love it? Let us know in the comments and keep the conversation going.
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