Bars are the backdrop to the social life of many Americans, whether they are the starting point for an after-work cocktail or a quiet first date.
And although the United States has seen a sustained decline in alcohol consumption in recent years, bars and brewers are beginning to adapt to changing tastes, introducing less intoxicating ranges of drinks.
Research by Realtor Trulia of America’s best beer towns seems to show that the culture of drinking in bars is much more pronounced in some towns.
These 10 US cities, listed below, have the highest concentration of bars per 10,000 households, according to Trulia’s findings.
= 9. Ithaca, New York (12.1 bars per 10,000 households)
This college town on Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region has long been associated with the production of high-quality alcohol.
Ithaca is home to many orchards, which means the city is home to plenty of cider houses, while the wineries and breweries of Cayuga Lakes also produce plenty of produce at the area’s 47 bars.
= 9. Sheboygan, Wisconsin (12.1)
Nicknamed by surfers the “Malibu of the Midwest,” Sheboygan in Wisconsin overlooks Lake Michigan.
The small town-like town is known for its gastronomic events, such as the Food Truck Mondays, as well as its 56 bars.
8. Whitewater, Wisconsin (12.3)
The town of Whitewater, Wisconsin, is nestled on the southern edge of the Ice Age Trail and Kettle Moraine State Park and has more than 20 parks, trails and nature reserves.
The small college town is full of local eateries, while establishments such as the Second Salem Brewing Company honoring Whitewater folklore cater to the town’s 49 bars.
7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (12.7)
Myrtle Beach is a residential and vacation resort centrally located on the Grand Strand Coast in South Carolina.
In addition to its outdoor attractions, the city known as “South Carolina’s Seafood Capital” also attracts drinking places and is said to be home to 201 bars.
6. Las Vegas, Nevada (12.8)
Famous for its casinos and glamorous nightlife, the 26th most populous city in the United States is known for its reputation for partying.
Among the many attractions of this Nevada city are the countless restaurants run by celebrity chefs, as well as its 913 bars.
5. Portland, Oregon (13.3)
Locals are the first to recognize how the central hipster is portrayed fairly accurately in the TV parody Portlandia, with trendy beards, craft beer and vegetable gardens.
Portland’s “epic” food cart scene is believed to include at least 200 mobile restaurants, while there are 1,151 well-known bars in the city sitting in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana (13.6)
New Orleans is widely regarded as one of the best cities in America to visit for fun, parties, events, and culture.
The Louisiana metropolis tour guide describes its cocktail scene as “world famous” and adds “this city is a beer lover’s paradise.”
3. Reno, Nevada (14)
Located in the northwestern part of the US state of Nevada, Reno describes itself as “the biggest small city in the world.”
The metropolis is full of fun things to do, from high culture to nature, while its 321 bars help visitors and locals alike unwind at the end of a busy day.
2. Maui, Hawaii (14.6)
Nicknamed “The Island of the Valley,” Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island popular for its world-famous beaches, the Sacred Valley of Laos, and views of migrating humpback whales.
Voted âBest Island in the United Statesâ by CondÃ© Nast Traveler readers for over 20 years, Maui also boasts a rich culinary tradition and boasts 79 bars.
1. San Francisco, California (16.5)
Home to nearly 1,000 bars, California’s cultural, commercial and financial hub is a must-see for those looking to have fun in the sun.
San Francisco is home to both the highest caliber dining destinations and some of America’s most talented, creative and decorated mixologists.