best drinking cities

So, if there is one thing we really love about Thrillist, it’s their wonderful way of ranking things in an unbiased way. From which foods you are more likely to eat whilst drunk to to the best burgers in America, we would be lying if we said we didn’t thoroughly enjoy reading through these listicles. More recently, however, they featured the “11 Best Drinking Cities in America“. Why did this catch our eye?

Well, besides the fact that we love a good drinky drink and live in America, we just knew that New York City had to be in the top 3. It must be a sense of state pride. Naturally, we were correct.  It was number 3 exactly. Coming in at number 1? Take a look for yourself.

11. Asheville, North Carolina

10. Austin, Texas

9. Cleveland, Ohio

8. Washington, D.C.

7. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5. Chicago, Illinois

4. Portland, Oregon

3. New York, New York

2. San Francisco, California

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

In the land of no open container law, it really comes as no surprise that New Orleans came in at first place. I mean, there is a street called Bourbon Street, for crying out loud. Also, this is where Mardi Gras takes place which I’m pretty sure is one of the rowdiest U.S. festivals fueled and sponsored solely by booze – and maybe beignets.

As to why New York is number three and not number two is beyond me. Considering my (clearly) vast experience with liquor, its record is unparalleled in getting you properly boozed up in every neighborhood imaginable. Hit up a well-known biergarten in Meatpacking on a Sunday morning (or early afternoon) and you will end up across the river in some run-down shack in Bushwick by midnight and all of a sudden you will be left wondering how/when/why you got there.

Luckily, there’s always a cab to take you home – or Uber. For more on the best drinking cities, head on over to Thrillist to decipher their reasoning and let us know what you think!

What do you think of the best drinking cities?