The latest installment of our ever-growing franchise celebrating the great bars of America, those harmonious and radiant places that serve us drinks, keep us company, and put up with our regrettable behavior. This is not an overhaul of last year’s list. Those bars are still great, and we still drink in them. Think of the list as a Hall of Fame — but with cocktail waitresses and wedges of lime. Here, a second round.
Lou’s Pub & Package
You’re having: Something very cold
When you put a bar inside a liquor store, it’s like you’re inviting customers to leave by reminding them they can just as easily buy a bottle of Jack and drink at home. And the thing is, the first time you walk through that door and Lou barks at you to hurry up and order, the only thing you think about is leaving. But it’ll start to make sense when the after-work crowd descends on the concrete patio tables outside. And then Frankie strolls out there and hands everyone custom-made Lou’s Pub & Package ass cushions. Three hours later, when Lou is busting your balls and you’re laughing your quite comfortable ass off, you’ll start to wonder if you might be sitting in the middle of the least-profitable liquor store on the planet. (726 Twenty-ninth Street S; 205-322-7005)