The World's Best Bars

What do all top-notch bars have in common? A bartender who can be called “World Class.” Travel Channel shows you where you'll find the best-of-the-best behind the bar.

You Might Also Like

Millions of visitors take over Bavarian capital Munich for Oktoberfest each year from mid-September through early October. 960 1280

Reuters  

Signs advertising an array of sausage and bratwurst tempt hungry Oktoberfest revelers. 960 1280

  

It's not all about the beer at Oktoberfest, with live music and traditional dancing filling the schedule. 960 1280

  

Talented waitresses carry dozens of beers to Oktoberfest attendees patiently waiting for the special brews. 960 1280

Reuters  

Food specialties abound at Oktoberfest including pork knuckles, pretzels and sweet treats, too. 960 1280

  

Oktoberfest has been celebrated in the picturesque city of Munich since 1810. 960 1280

  

Drinkers fill up 14 beer tents to quaff unique Oktoberfest brews served in 1-liter steins. 960 1280

Reuters  

Put down the stein and enjoy the carnival rides at the fun fair including an extra-large Ferris wheel and swings. 960 1280

Reuters  

Oktoberfest  8 Photos

Lepre-Con
Lepre-Con

Lepre-Con

Lepre-Con – Hoboken, New Jersey
Santa-con is so last December. Ditch your red furry Santa suit in favor of something a little more green, and celebrate all things Irish while dressed in full leprechaun garb.
960 1280

Flickr4Jazz, flickr   

I Love the 90's Pub Crawl

I Love the 90's Pub Crawl

I Love the 90’s Pub Crawl – Orlando, Florida
Celebrate your love for the Fresh Prince, Baywatch and snap bracelets by dancing the night away to your favorite 90s hits on this nostalgic pub crawl.
960 1280

Getty Images   

Harry Potter Pub Crawl

Harry Potter Pub Crawl

Harry Potter Pub Crawl – Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
Calling all muggles! Your chance to prove that you really ARE a wizard is finally here. This pub crawl is just one event of an entire Harry Potter weekend – complete with a quidditch tournament, costume contests and a total Hogsmeade-themed town makeover.
960 1280

Getty Images   

Santa Claus Pub Crawl

Santa Claus Pub Crawl

Santa Claus Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Because what could possibly be more holly or jolly than dressing up like good ‘ole Saint Nick and having a drink (or a few) with thousands of similarly decked-out strangers? Santa Claus pub crawls take place all around the world (this one’s in London) but the annual event in Wollongong, Australia is one of the oldest.
960 1280

Getty Images   

Superhero Crawl

Superhero Crawl

Superhero Crawl – Reno, Nevada
Pull up your tights, grab your cape and get ready to “save the world, one drink at a time.” You’ll need the stamina of a superhero to survive this pub crawl, which continues until the bars close. Don’t forget your mask-- you’ll want to keep your identity concealed as you stagger home.
960 1280

Randy Robertson, flickr   

The Subcrawl

The Subcrawl

The Subcrawl – Glasgow, UK
Glasgow’s circular subway line has inspired a rather unique challenge: buy an all-day pass and get off at each of the 15 stops for a drink at the closest bar. You deserve a serious pat on the back (and probably a cab home) if you make it all the way around. Just to keep things interesting, subcrawlers are required to ride the train without sitting down or holding on, a practice known as “subsurfing.”
960 1280

Greg Neate, flickr   

Pirate Pub Crawl

Pirate Pub Crawl

Pirate Pub Crawl – Florida
Ahoy matey! Why wait for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th — in case you didn’t already know) to talk like a pirate? In fact, why not combine talking like a pirate, dressing like a pirate AND drinking like one, too! This guided pub crawl in Dunedin, FL, even includes a history lesson about the most notorious pirates in Tampa Bay history. Yo ho ho … and a bottle of rum.
960 1280

Angela Payne, flickr   

Tacky Christmas Sweater

Tacky Christmas Sweater

Tacky Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl – Washington, DC
Let’s face it – that Christmas sweater that Granny got you is way too embarrassing to wear to anything BUT a theme party, so here’s your chance! Helpful hint: the more 3-dimensional, the better, and sweater vests tend to increase the tackiness.
960 1280

Ramsey Mohsen, flickr   

Zombie Pub Crawl

Zombie Pub Crawl

Zombie Pub Crawl – Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
No, this is not a scene out of “Dawn of the Dead,” (admittedly, the makeup was a bit better in the movie). It’s just a zombie pub crawl! Head to Minneapolis/ St. Paul to party like it’s your last day on earth or like you’re already dead.
960 1280

Tiger Girl, flickr   

Pug Crawl

Pug Crawl

Pug Crawl – Portland, Oregon
Support the Oregon Humane Society at this annual event that features a pug costume contest and a pug kissing booth. More than 600 pugs are expected to attend this year, along with their humans … who are also allowed to come.
960 1280

Tonx, flickr   

Monopoly Pub Crawl

Monopoly Pub Crawl

Monopoly Pub Crawl – London
Work your way around the London monopoly board on this ambitious pub crawl, with 26 stops at 26 pubs for each of the 26 streets featured in the game. Unfortunately, none of the pubs offer “Get Out of Jail Free” cards – so be sure to stick to half pints.
960 1280

Simon James, flickr   

Pajamas and Nighties

Pajamas and Nighties

Pajamas and Nighties – Portland, Oregon
Crawlers are required to wear slippers , bring a pillow and carry a stuffed animal to this comfy-cozy evening, which includes a game of Twister played on a mattress and a pillow fight.
960 1280

Waegook- Travel, flickr   

Snuggie Pub Crawl

Snuggie Pub Crawl

Snuggie Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Because let’s face it -- when else will you ever have an excuse to wear a snuggie in public?
960 1280

Gregoire Vandenbussche, flickr  

Silent Disco Pub Crawl

Silent Disco Pub Crawl

Silent Disco Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Participants wear headsets and dance from bar to bar listening to an MP3 player on this seriously wacky pub crawl. You may have Top 40 tracks blasting in your ears, but the rest of the world has no idea -- so prepare to get a few questioning looks. Plan your own silent pub crawl with the help of Silent Storm, a company that specializes in “silencing” events.
960 1280

Sander van der Wel, flickr  

Wacky Pub Crawls  14 Photos

Photos

8 Photos

Millions of visitors take over Bavarian capital Munich for Oktoberfest each year from mid-September through early October. 960 1280

Reuters  

Signs advertising an array of sausage and bratwurst tempt hungry Oktoberfest revelers. 960 1280

  

It's not all about the beer at Oktoberfest, with live music and traditional dancing filling the schedule. 960 1280

  

Talented waitresses carry dozens of beers to Oktoberfest attendees patiently waiting for the special brews. 960 1280

Reuters  

Food specialties abound at Oktoberfest including pork knuckles, pretzels and sweet treats, too. 960 1280

  

Oktoberfest has been celebrated in the picturesque city of Munich since 1810. 960 1280

  

Drinkers fill up 14 beer tents to quaff unique Oktoberfest brews served in 1-liter steins. 960 1280

Reuters  

Put down the stein and enjoy the carnival rides at the fun fair including an extra-large Ferris wheel and swings. 960 1280

Reuters  

Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai

Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai

Jimmy Barrat, representing UAE/Dubai, competes in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail challenges at the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand

Supawit Muttarattana of Thailand attends the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan

Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan

A cocktail prepared by bartender Te-Kai Yin, representing Taiwan, sits on the bar during the Signature Serve Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy

Dennis Zoppi, from Italy, competes in the Food Matching Challenge during the World Class Final. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Lebanon's Momo at the Souks Bar

Lebanon's Momo at the Souks Bar

Varia Dellalian, representing Lebanon's Momo at the Souks bar, competes in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Mixologist Erik Lorincz

Mixologist Erik Lorincz

Mixologist Erik Lorincz attends the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

A cocktail prepared by bartender Shigeki Yoshida of Japan, still in the process of being made during the Signature Serve Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

Shigeki Yoshida of Japan

The finished product of the cocktail prepared by bartender Shigeki Yoshida of Japan. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Ricky Gomez of the USA

Ricky Gomez of the USA

Ricky Gomez, representing the USA, competes in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktails challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Andy Mil of Great Britain

Andy Mil of Great Britain

A look at a cocktail prepared by bartender Andy Mil of Great Britain, in the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktails challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Cocktail Mastery Challenge

Cocktail Mastery Challenge

World Class finalists compete in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final

Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final

A general view of the atmosphere at the Tequila Don Julio's Dinner hosted by master distiller Enrique de Colsa in celebration of the Diageo Reserve World Class 2012 Global Final. 960 1280

Ian Gavan  

Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail Challenge

Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail Challenge

A few of the cocktails made by bartender Jimmy Barrat of UAE/Dubai sit on the bar during the final Cocktails Against the Clock and Signature Cocktail challenges. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

Tree Mao, representing China

Tree Mao, representing China

A cocktail made by bartender Tree Mao, representing China, in the Cocktail Mastery Challenge. 960 1280

Buda Mendes  

14 Photos
Lepre-Con

Lepre-Con

Lepre-Con – Hoboken, New Jersey
Santa-con is so last December. Ditch your red furry Santa suit in favor of something a little more green, and celebrate all things Irish while dressed in full leprechaun garb.
960 1280

Flickr4Jazz, flickr   

I Love the 90's Pub Crawl

I Love the 90's Pub Crawl

I Love the 90’s Pub Crawl – Orlando, Florida
Celebrate your love for the Fresh Prince, Baywatch and snap bracelets by dancing the night away to your favorite 90s hits on this nostalgic pub crawl.
960 1280

Getty Images   

Harry Potter Pub Crawl

Harry Potter Pub Crawl

Harry Potter Pub Crawl – Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania
Calling all muggles! Your chance to prove that you really ARE a wizard is finally here. This pub crawl is just one event of an entire Harry Potter weekend – complete with a quidditch tournament, costume contests and a total Hogsmeade-themed town makeover.
960 1280

Getty Images   

Santa Claus Pub Crawl

Santa Claus Pub Crawl

Santa Claus Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Because what could possibly be more holly or jolly than dressing up like good ‘ole Saint Nick and having a drink (or a few) with thousands of similarly decked-out strangers? Santa Claus pub crawls take place all around the world (this one’s in London) but the annual event in Wollongong, Australia is one of the oldest.
960 1280

Getty Images   

Superhero Crawl

Superhero Crawl

Superhero Crawl – Reno, Nevada
Pull up your tights, grab your cape and get ready to “save the world, one drink at a time.” You’ll need the stamina of a superhero to survive this pub crawl, which continues until the bars close. Don’t forget your mask-- you’ll want to keep your identity concealed as you stagger home.
960 1280

Randy Robertson, flickr   

The Subcrawl

The Subcrawl

The Subcrawl – Glasgow, UK
Glasgow’s circular subway line has inspired a rather unique challenge: buy an all-day pass and get off at each of the 15 stops for a drink at the closest bar. You deserve a serious pat on the back (and probably a cab home) if you make it all the way around. Just to keep things interesting, subcrawlers are required to ride the train without sitting down or holding on, a practice known as “subsurfing.”
960 1280

Greg Neate, flickr   

Pirate Pub Crawl

Pirate Pub Crawl

Pirate Pub Crawl – Florida
Ahoy matey! Why wait for International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th — in case you didn’t already know) to talk like a pirate? In fact, why not combine talking like a pirate, dressing like a pirate AND drinking like one, too! This guided pub crawl in Dunedin, FL, even includes a history lesson about the most notorious pirates in Tampa Bay history. Yo ho ho … and a bottle of rum.
960 1280

Angela Payne, flickr   

Tacky Christmas Sweater

Tacky Christmas Sweater

Tacky Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl – Washington, DC
Let’s face it – that Christmas sweater that Granny got you is way too embarrassing to wear to anything BUT a theme party, so here’s your chance! Helpful hint: the more 3-dimensional, the better, and sweater vests tend to increase the tackiness.
960 1280

Ramsey Mohsen, flickr   

Zombie Pub Crawl

Zombie Pub Crawl

Zombie Pub Crawl – Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota
No, this is not a scene out of “Dawn of the Dead,” (admittedly, the makeup was a bit better in the movie). It’s just a zombie pub crawl! Head to Minneapolis/ St. Paul to party like it’s your last day on earth or like you’re already dead.
960 1280

Tiger Girl, flickr   

Pug Crawl

Pug Crawl

Pug Crawl – Portland, Oregon
Support the Oregon Humane Society at this annual event that features a pug costume contest and a pug kissing booth. More than 600 pugs are expected to attend this year, along with their humans … who are also allowed to come.
960 1280

Tonx, flickr   

Monopoly Pub Crawl

Monopoly Pub Crawl

Monopoly Pub Crawl – London
Work your way around the London monopoly board on this ambitious pub crawl, with 26 stops at 26 pubs for each of the 26 streets featured in the game. Unfortunately, none of the pubs offer “Get Out of Jail Free” cards – so be sure to stick to half pints.
960 1280

Simon James, flickr   

Pajamas and Nighties

Pajamas and Nighties

Pajamas and Nighties – Portland, Oregon
Crawlers are required to wear slippers , bring a pillow and carry a stuffed animal to this comfy-cozy evening, which includes a game of Twister played on a mattress and a pillow fight.
960 1280

Waegook- Travel, flickr   

Snuggie Pub Crawl

Snuggie Pub Crawl

Snuggie Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Because let’s face it -- when else will you ever have an excuse to wear a snuggie in public?
960 1280

Gregoire Vandenbussche, flickr  

Silent Disco Pub Crawl

Silent Disco Pub Crawl

Silent Disco Pub Crawl – Various Cities
Participants wear headsets and dance from bar to bar listening to an MP3 player on this seriously wacky pub crawl. You may have Top 40 tracks blasting in your ears, but the rest of the world has no idea -- so prepare to get a few questioning looks. Plan your own silent pub crawl with the help of Silent Storm, a company that specializes in “silencing” events.
960 1280

Sander van der Wel, flickr  

The Hot List

Explore America’s most stunning scenery.
Join the conversation on Social Media!
Stay updated on the latest travel tips and trends.
Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.