Once home to a working waterfront, gold miners and argonauts, San Francisco is one of the few urban American cities to maintain a tangible sense of Western-ness. New-age saloons exist without a tinge of irony, while holdouts from another age are scattered amongst the city's sloping streets.
From downing Hand Grenades on Bourbon Street to sipping Mint Juleps Uptown, New Orleans is a town that doesn't readily embrace moderation. Whether you seek hedonistic decadence, countless native classic cocktails or the truly bizarre, you'll find it here.
In nearly every neighborhood there is at least one bastion of new-era Brooklyn shaking cocktails with housemade syrups, popping corks on small-production wines and slinging pints from local breweries.
Washington, D.C. works hard, but it also plays hard. From hotel bars to dives to fancy cocktail joints, the capital has claimed its own territory—rather unexpectedly—amongst America's most progressive food and drink scenes.