Where Is the World’s Best Pub?
From London to New York, here are our top choices. Tell us if your favourite is on the list.
Updated April 5, 2013—Since the earliest tabernae (taverns) established in England with the arrival of the Romans more than 2,000 years ago, pubs, or public houses, have served as anchors for their surrounding communities. Good beer is required, good company is almost always guaranteed, and good food usually isn’t far behind.
When we began discussing the world’s greatest pubs several weeks ago, we realised that narrowing down our list of favourites was going to be difficult. Pubs are personal. They are the pride of our neighbourhoods—the places we go, religiously and ritualistically, for a pint after work, or several on Saturday night. And when we travel, the pubs we drop into inform our sense of a place and its people better than any museum visit or walking tour ever could.
Of course, Britain remains the “proper pub” hub, but establishments in Ireland and America also made our list. Our criteria were simple: The pubs we chose had to be exceptional and traditional, and they had to evoke the spirit of their surrounding communities. If you don’t see your favourite, or if you don’t love ours as much as we do, let us know—we’ll try not to take it personally.
Many of you shared your picks for the world’s best pub on Facebook. Here’s what you had to say:
“Southern Ground Social Club, Senoia Ga.”
“The Red Lyon, Lawrence, KS”
—Tracie Massey Howell
“The Flying Saucer – Dallas, Texas!”
—Vail Thrasher Tolbert
“The Zig Zag Cafe, Seattle, Washington”
“Ryan’s Corner Pub – Kennebunkport, Maine!”
Don’t see your favourite pub here? Tell us in the comments section.