The Best Bars in America 2012

Photo by: Carl Wooley
Bar City of the Year: Milwaukee
Before Prohibition, men used to roll dice to see who paid for the drinks. In New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and most of the other great ... more 
Photo by: Carl Wooley
Bar City of the Year: Milwaukee
Before Prohibition, men used to roll dice to see who paid for the drinks. In New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and most of the other great sporting-life cities of the past, the tradition is extinct. Not in Milwaukee. Downtown has a fine ultramodern mixology-type bar, Distil, but across the street is a righteous old businessman's dive by the name of My Office, so you don't have to lie when your wife asks you where you are.

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Fri, Jun 15, 2012 2:24 PM EDT

It's another addition to our catalog of the best places to have a drink in America. As always, the project is guided by David Wondrich: Esquire's drinks correspondent, the world's foremost cocktail historian, and the best drinking partner anyone has ever had. So, here's the list.