No matter how much you enjoy traveling, waiting in the airport can be dreadful.
While airports have attempted to make your journey as comfortable and pleasant as possible, they can still be a nerve racking and unpleasant experience. To help ease your nerves, and kill some time, there are plenty of bars that go above and beyond expectations. Keeping that in mind, here are the airports with the best bars.
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery (Portland International Airport)
Located in concourses A and E, the Laurelwood Public House and Brewery features some of the best micro-brews from the Northwest. They also have a nice staff ,and apparently, “don’t get all upset when you start pounding pints like a sailor..”
PDX is also home to two other highly rated bars, The Rogue Ales Public House and Caper’s Cafe – Le Bar
Encounter (Los Angeles International Airport)
Some have found Encounter and their UFO theme a bit cheesy, but, they have excellent food at reasonable prices. While checking out the 360-degree view you should try one of their Radioactive-colored cocktails.
Le Grand Comptoir (George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston)
A wine bar located in Houston, TX may not sound all that appealing, but Le Grand Comptoir in Terminal 3 pulls it off. Besides having an extensive wine menu, which you can get by the bottle, half-bottle or glass, they have a pleasant dark wood and black tile decor.
Wasatch Brew Pub (Salt Lake City International Airport)
In Terminal 2, Concourse D, you can find Wasatch Brew Pub, home of one of the finest micro-brews around. If you have the time, you can also hope over to Concourse C and check out their business partner Squatters Pub Brewery.
New Belgium Hub Bar & Grill (Denver International Airport)
If you’re flying from coast to coast, you may probably have a layover in the massive Denver Airport. While there, you should make the trip to the New Belgium Hub Bar & Grill. Located in Concourse B, this micro-brew sanctuary features an interesting bicycle theme.
Woodford Reserve Bar & Grill (Louisville International Airport)
There probably aren’t too many reasons for visiting Kentucky, unless you want to make the journey to the Bourbon Trail. So, why not begin, or end, you travels at the Woodford Reserve Bar & Grill. Here you can sip on some excellent, oak-aged spirits while relaxing in a leather chair.
One Flew South (Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta)
Most of us would be rather weary of a sushi bar found in an airport, but Concourse E’s One Flew South proves otherwise. Besides a solid food menu, One Flew South features an impressive list of wines and their own signature cocktails.
This airport is also home to the SweetWater Draft House.
Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar (Philadelphia International Airport)
Outside of the airport, Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar may not be highly rated, but for an airport, it’s surprisingly good. The bar features 32 wines by the glass and has some of the finest Italian trattoria.
Deep Blue Sushi (JFK)
Jet Blue’s Terminal 5 in JFK has been getting a lot of hype for it’s “chic” bars and restaurants. One of these is the neon blue sushi bar simply called Deep Blue Sushi. Besides sushi, they’re becoming well known for their Asian inspired cocktails.
Vino Volo (Various)
While Vino Volo – Italian for “wine flight” – may be a chain found in 10 hubs, and counting, it has managed to gain a great reputation. It’s an excellent place to escape the noise of the airport and is geared for people who actually understand wine.
If you want to find reliable reviews for airport bars that you’ll be traveling through, we recommend that you check out Airport Bars.
Finally, as a brief bonus, here are five recommended international airport bars if you’re traveling abroad.
Jet’s Bar at the Belize City International Airport
If you happen to be traveling through Central America, then you want to make a stop at perhaps the best airport bar in the world. Besides being the only bar in the Belize Airport, Jet’s is known for their strong rum punch and hot dogs. However, it’s the roughly 4′ 8″ proprietor, Mr. Jet of course, that makes this bar known across the Earth.
Harry’s Bar and Pool Bar at SIN at Singapore’s Changi Airport
Travelers at SIN, Singapore’s Changi Airport, have two excellent bars. There’s Harry’s Bar, a rooftop outpost of the city’s popular bar, in Terminal 3.Then, there’s the Pool Bar in Terminal 1.
Frescobaldi Wine Bar at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome
Found in three terminals of the Leonardo Di Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, Frescobaldi Wine Bar, is where wine enthusiasts can find one of the most impressive wine lists around.
Eyecon at the Copenhagen Airport
Eyecon features a selection of great Danish beers and the potent favorite national drink aquavit. Besides alcohol, their menu has a nice selection of Scandinavian small plates.
The Center Bar at the Zurich International Airport in Switzerland
The Center Bar in Zurich took home the prize for “Best Airport Bar” during the inaugural Airport Food and Beverage Awards in 2011. This massive, and comfortable, lounge also has rapid and excellent service.