In celebration of the nation’s growing cocktail culture, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Winners, which include Bathtub Gin in New York City, and Searsucker in San Diego, and Untitled in Chicago, are located in 23 states and the nation’s capital. California restaurants make a strong showing with 27 honorees. Florida follows with 14 top restaurant bars, trailed by Massachusetts and New York, with 10 and nine winners, respectively. New Jersey and Texas restaurants each claim five spots on the list, and Pennsylvania restaurant bars have earned four spots. Maryland, Nevada, and South Carolina each boast three winners. Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin are also represented. Establishments serving American fare account for the majority of winners; Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines have a presence as well.
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The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars are generated from more than 5 million reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between June 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of qualifying reviews for which “vibrant bar scene” was selected as a special feature. Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the U.S. according to OpenTable diners. The complete list may also be viewed at //www.opentable.com/vibrantbarscene.
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