Chestnut Club, Honeycut and more L.A. nominees for ‘The People’s Best New Bars’

The dance floor at Honeycut, the new cocktail bar/dance club/live music venue in downtown L.A., nominated as Food & Wine’s “The People’s Best New Bars.”
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

What are the best new bars in America? Food & Wine magazine announced a list of 100 nominees for its inaugural “The People’s Best New Bars” contest.

Voters will determine The People’s Best New Bars winner via an online poll at starting Wednesday and continuing through 5 p.m. Sept. 30.

The 100 nominees include bars from all over the United States that have been open for three years or less. Each region will have a winner, and the bar with the most overall votes will be named The People’s Best New Bar for 2014. Among the Los Angeles nominees are the Chestnut Club and Grandpa Johnson’s 

Finalists and the winner will be announced on Oct. 2 at


Nominees for The Peoples’ Best New Bars 2014:


ABV (San Francisco)

Bar5 at Coqueta (San Francisco)


Brooklynite (San Antonio)

Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge (Houston)

Culinary Dropout (Las Vegas)

Dirty Habit (San Francisco)

Grandpa Johnson’s (Los Angeles)

Half Step (Austin)

Harlowe (West Hollywood)

Honeycut (Los Angeles)


Jimmy’s Bodega (Aspen)

Julep (Houston)

Midnight Cowboy (Austin)

No Vacancy (Los Angeles)

Polite Provisions (San Diego)

Qui (Austin)

The Chestnut Club (Santa Monica)

Trick Dog (San Francisco)


Trou Normand (San Francisco)

Virtù Honest Craft (Scottsdale)


1 Tippling Place (Philadelphia)

2 Birds 1 Stone (Washington, D.C.)

Attaboy (New York)

Bar Sardine (New York)

Booker and Dax (New York City)

Carrie Nation (Boston)

Dram & Grain (Washington, D.C.)

Highball Lounge (Boston)

Hop Sing Laundromat (Philadelphia)

Portland Hunt & Alpine Club (Portland, Me.)

Pouring Ribbons (New York)

Red Light (Washington, D.C.)

Roof at Park South (New York)

Southern Efficiency (Washington, D.C.)

State Park (Cambridge, Mass.)

Tavern Road (Boston)

The Dead Rabbit (New York)

The Long Island Bar (Brooklyn)

The NoMad (New York)

The Partisan (Washington, D.C.)


Analogue (Chicago)

Billy Sunday (Chicago)

Blue Jacket (Milwaukee)

Ça Va (Kansas City, Mo.)

Celeste (Chicago)

Coup d’État (Minneapolis)

Forequarter (Madison, Wis.)

Goodkind (Milwaukee)

Heritage Tavern (Madison, Wis.)

Lucky Joe’s Tiki Room (Milwaukee)

Monarch (Wichita, Kans.)

Parlour (Minneapolis)

Planter’s House (St. Louis)

Sportsman’s Club (Chicago)

The Berkshire Room (Chicago)

The Kill Devil Club (Kansas City, Mo.)

The Last Word (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago)

Thunderbird (Indianapolis)

Voltaire (Kansas City, Mo.)


Ava Gene’s (Portland, Ore.)

Bar Code (Bellevue, Wash.)

Clover (Spokane, Wash.)

Damn the Weather (Seattle)

Expatriate (Portland, Ore.)

Hilltop Kitchen (Tacoma, Wash.)

Imperial (Portland, Ore.)

Montgomery Distillery (Missoula, Mont.)

Multnomah Whiskey Library (Portland, Ore.)

Pépé Le Moko (Portland, Ore.)

Percy’s & Co. (Seattle)

Radiator Whiskey (Seattle)

Raven & Rose (Portland, Ore.)

Rumba (Seattle)

St. Jack (Portland, Ore.)

Stoneburner (Seattle)

The Berry & Rye (Omaha)

The Rose (Jackson Hole, Wyo.)

The Trap Room (Omaha)

Witness (Seattle)


Cane & Table (New Orleans)

Down One Bourbon Bar (Louisville, Ky.)

Dutch & Company (Richmond, Va.)

Edmond’s Oast (Charleston, S.C.)

El Camino (Louisville, Ky.)

Husk (Nashville)

Kimball House (Decatur, Ga.)

Mateo Bar de Tapas (Durham, N.C.)

Oxalis (New Orleans)

Paper Plane (Decatur, Ga.)

Pinewood Social (Nashville)

Proof (Charleston, S.C.)

Sobou (New Orleans)

The 404 (Nashville)

The Broken Shaker (Miami)

The Imperial Life (Asheville, N.C.)

The Ordinary (Charleston, S.C.)

The Regent Cocktail Club (Miami)

Tiki Tolteca (New Orleans)

TNT (Arlington, Va.)

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