GQ Names the 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America

Seattle's Zig Zag Cafe Named Number One

Sep 22, 2010, 10:00 ET from GQ

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- To compile and rank the nation's best cocktail bars for the October issue, GQ traveled over 30,000 miles, visited twenty-one cities and 102 bars, and drank more than 400 cocktails, before finally selecting Seattle's Zig Zag Cafe as the number one bar on the list.  At Zig Zag Cafe, "patrons come for the easy conversation and the drink-all-day coziness.  Above all, though, they come for the cocktails of Murray Stenson.  The man is effortlessly talented, a bartender superhero.  In fact, he may be the country's best," writes Kevin Sintumuang.  "Each drink Murray pours is a mini-revelation, an introduction to rare spirits and a bold use of common ones."  Here is GQ's complete list of the best cocktail bars in America:

2: Angel's Share – New York

14: Rickhouse – San Francisco

3: The Violet Hour – Chicago

15: Anvil – Houston

4: Clover Club – Brooklyn

16: Arnaud's French 75 – New Orleans

5: The Alembic – San Francisco

17: Elixir – San Francisco

6: Death & Co – New York

18: Columbia Room – Washington, D.C.

7: PDT – New York

19: Cole's – Los Angeles

8: PX – Alexandria, VA

20: The Whistler – Chicago

9: Comstock Saloon – San Francisco

21: Drink – Boston

10: Holeman & Finch – Atlanta

22: Pegu Club – New York

11: Tiki-ti – Los Angeles

23: The Edison – Los Angeles

12: The Patterson House – Nashville

24: The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. – Philadelphia

13: Eastern Standard – Boston

25: Needle and Thread – Seattle

For drinking lessons learned, tips, and more information about each bar, pick up the October issue of GQ, available now on newsstands and on iTunes, or visit