Cream of the Crop: The World’s Best Beer Bars

Posted by BeerMaven | Beer Clubs | Posted on June 9th

There are beer bars, and then there are real beer bars. The 50 best beer bars in the world have been named, and most of them are located in the United States (five of which can be found in the top ten). Bars from other countries also made the list, some of them located in Europe (such as Norway’s Cardinal and the Czech Republic’s Zlý Casy). These beer bars were not rated solely on the brews they serve; the establishments were also ranked based on ambiance, service, food, value, and even special features.

Kulminator in Antwerpen, Belgium takes home the top prize. All of the reviews for this establishment have been positive, with the patrons giving it high marks in all criteria. The winning factor for the Kulminator is its impressive selection of beers. Many have called it the ‘beer mecca’ or ‘beer heaven,’ with its huge menu of beers. Aside from the cozy ambiance and the accommodating owners, its stock of vintage brews is what makes Kulminator the best watering hole in the world. The accolade is actually kind of surprising, since it is closed on Sundays, holidays, and between Christmas and New Year’s.

The second best beer bar according to the list is also from Europe, this time from Rome in Italy: Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà. Like the Kulminator, the wide selection of beer is what makes it a favorite among patrons. Another thing that makes Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà special is its staff. Those who have gone to the bar agree that the staff have been nothing but friendly and hospitable during their visits. The hype surrounding this place may be huge, but the establishment in itself is small. In fact, one may even have difficulty finding a bar stool to sit on, but that’s not enough to stop people from getting their beer from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà.

The bars which are found in the third and fourth spots are both from the United States, which are Redlight Redlight and The Porter Beer Bar respectively. Orlando’s Redlight Redlight has 20 taps, 2 beer engines and more than 70 bottles, but they sell only craft beers. Meanwhile, Atlanta’s The Porter Beer Bar has 30 taps and more than 100 bottles; the food, the crowd and the bartenders are also noteworthy. Rounding out the top 5 is the only bar from the list located in Asia, Bakushu Club Popeye. Found in Tokyo, this world class establishment is acclaimed for having the largest number taps in Japan, most of which are rare Japanese microbrews.

If the list proves anything, it is that beer is beloved all over the world. It does not matter where you are or what language you speak; rest assured you will find an awesome watering hole that will give you beer when you want it.

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