Two Of America’s Best Bars Are Within Easy Driving Distance From Rockford
Putting together a list of the "best" anything guarantees one thing: an argument. Whether it's movies, music, sports teams, foods, or even drinking establishments, people have their own ideas about what's "the best."
Nonetheless, another website recently published their list of the best bars in America, and you could be sitting in two of them after just short drive from the Rockford area.
There Are Lots Of Names For Places You Can Go For An Adult Beverage
The place, or places that you might favor for a glass of wine, spirits, or beer could call itself a "bar," but it may go with another name, like:
- Cocktail Lounge
- Gin Mill
- Tap Room
- Ale House
- Beer Joint
- Drinking Establishment
- Public House
- Watering Hole
- Brew Pub
- Bucket of Blood
I could go on, but that's plenty.
To Get To The Best Bars Closest To Rockford, You Head Northeast Or Southeast
According to Mashed.com's piece, "The Absolute Best Bars In The U.S.," the ride to Milwaukee and "Bryant's Cocktail Lounge," is totally worth making.
Bryant's website even makes the claim of being the oldest cocktail lounge in Milwaukee, having opened their doors in 1938.
They are the bar that lays claim to having invented the Pink Squirrel, and every winter they open a special room dedicated to Wisconsin's beloved Tom & Jerry. They also do a brisk business in Old Fashioneds done Badger State-style, meaning made with brandy instead of whiskey.
Head Southeast To Chicago For The Other Best Bar (Closest To Rockford) In The U.S. On Mashed's List
That spot would be Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, a wonderfully historic spot that opened in 1907, and just happened to be a hangout of this guy:
Not too many years after opening in 1907, The Green Mill added live music that focused on a new and up-and-coming style: Jazz. As a matter of fact, the Green Mill just happens to be America's oldest jazz club still in operation.
They don't have a menu, but Secret Chicago says they're well versed in all the classics, while the Chicago Bar Project recommends a martini, Manhattan, or Amaretto stone sour. Not familiar with this last drink? Liquor.com says it's a '70s throwback made from amaretto (of course), sour mix (ditto) and orange juice.