Entrepreneur Reveals America's Best Bars for Business

Jul 06, 2010, 06:00 ET from Entrepreneur Magazine

Story Also Pours Over The Rules of Engagement in Bar Negotiations

IRVINE, Calif., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Where is business getting done in America?  Over cocktails.  In a publishing first, Entrepreneur magazine, in collaboration with Esquire magazine, reveals America's best bars for business.  The list and the accompanying stories appearing in the July issue of Entrepreneur magazine cover the ins and outs of the top 15 bars and the etiquette for getting the deal done (http://www.entrepreneur.com/magazine/entrepreneur/2010/july/207194.html).

"Finding a corner booth that substitutes well for the corner office is no flimsy pursuit. Choose the right bar and you've found the place to deepen a connection, make a pitch, close a deal--and, not least of all, enhance a client or prospect's opinion," says Amy Cosper, Editor in Chief at Entrepreneur. "But the refreshing ease that comes with clinking glasses can melt as quickly as crushed ice if the lights suddenly dim low and Lady Gaga starts blaring." 

According to Entrepreneur, the ingredients for a great business bar include discreet seating, friendly staff, compelling crowds, manageable din, full range of liquor, good lighting, good food and decent decor. Topping the list of bars that have the right recipe for business is One Flew South in Atlanta, Georgia.  What's shocking is its address - Terminal E of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. That's right, the airport. Rounding out the rest of Entrepreneur's America's Best Bars for Business list are:

  • The Chateau Marmont – Los Angeles
  • Al Biernat's – Dallas
  • Miracle of Science Bar+Grill – Boston
  • Gilt – New York
  • Madera Lounge – Silicon Valley
  • Seasons Bar and Lounge – San Francisco
  • Proof – Washington, D.C.
  • Purple Cafe and Wine Bar – Seattle
  • The Living Room – Minneapolis
  • Sage – Las Vegas
  • Motel Bar – Chicago
  • Churchill Bar – Denver
  • Tria – Philadelphia
  • The Wild Turkey Bar & Lounge – Raleigh, N.C.

"I hate the office," growls Doug Ellin, the creator and executive producer of the hit HBO series Entourage. "I'd much rather do meetings in a great bar, where people aren't nervous and you can relax and be more creative."  

But knowing where to go is only half the battle. In the pages of Entrepreneur on America's Best Business Bars, Esquire editor Ross McCammon tackles the sobering rules to drinking for success. The rules for engagement answer the most perplexing questions of:

  • When do you show up?
  • Where to sit (or stand)?
  • Beer, wine, whiskey or something with an umbrella?
  • Bottle or tap?
  • Order like others or chart your own course?
  • Pay or pee?
  • When to hit the business talk?
  • When to leave?

"Drinking is good for business when done the right way in the right place," concluded Cosper, while sipping her own glass of whiskey after putting the July issue of Entrepreneur magazine to bed.  

To learn more about the featured bars and rules of conduct for doing business in them, pick up a copy of the July issue of Entrepreneur on newsstands or visit http://www.entrepreneur.com/magazine/entrepreneur/2010/july/207194.html.

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