'Tis the Season: 10 Best Airport Bars in the U.S.

Depending on who you are, traveling by air can make you feel like you’re bridging into an adventurous fairy land of unlimited possibilities, or a cynical New-York based comic from the 1990s complaining about airline snack choices. But one thing we all have in common is love for a good bar. So for travel veterans and skeptical home bodies alike, this guide will serve as a beacon of light through the craziness of one of the world’s most chaotic places– airports. 

  1. Rogue Ales: Portland International Airport
    Rogue Ales is a tried and true microbrewery loved by serious beer drinkers across the nation. The fact that a dedicated Rogue tasting room can be found within the walls of the Portland International Airport is a hoppy miracle of pint-sized proportions. 

  2. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge: Nashville International Airport
    Nashville is known for live music, and when it comes to its airport, the jams do not have to stop. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge keeps the city’s live music scene alive with honky-tonk tunes and a simple menu: BBQ and beer. 

  3. Cask and Larder: Orlando International Airport
    “Farm-to-terminal” may sound too good to be true, but at Cask and Larder, it’s as real as it gets. Southern inspired meals with seasonal ingredients, paired with a local beer sounds like our kind of layover. 

  4. The Apothecary: John F. Kennedy International Airport
    JFK may be an enormous airport, but the Apothecary is not hard to find. With just a few stools set up in a vintage VW bus, this place has good vibes for days. 

  5. Uncork’d: San Francisco International Airport
    Just like the name suggests, this bar is a sanctuary for wine enthusiasts on the go. With a global menu but specializing in California wines, this gem has a taste for every wino. 

  6. Stone Brewing Co: San Diego International Airport
    Quite possibly San Diego’s most revered brewery, Stone keeps a strong (one might say, heavy metal) presence in the San Diego airport. Stop by for an IPA with a serious punch.

  7. High West Distillery and Saloon: Salt Lake City International Airport
    High West is the first new distillery in Utah since the 1870s, making its presence in the SLC airport a cultural experience. Settle down there for a flight of whiskey for a taste of history. 

  8. Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen: Louisville Airport
    One cannot go to Kentucky without a taste of Southern food and bourbon. For those just arriving or folks trying to get their last chance of that southern sweetness, Book & Bourbon is primely located. 

  9. One Flew South: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    This upscale joint is known for a unique cuisine called “southernational.” Basically, it’s a collection of fine tastes from around the world with everything from sushi to havana-style cocktails. Could it really be good? Yes, it is. 

  10. Reilly’s Daughter: Midway Airport
    Midway may not be Chicago’s most highly trafficked airport, but darnit does it have the best bar. With an original historic location in central Chicago, this place is known for two things: Guinness and giant burgers.