The bars and pubs of today are much different than the illicit speakeasies frequented by people during Prohibition. The establishments of today are only similar in that they provide a place to purchase alcoholic beverages, but the nine locations featured here offer much more. Most offer great food, lively music, and drink specialties in addition to a comfortable homey atmosphere where even children are welcome. Some are designed as retro-style bars, while others seek a more unique look and feel, but whatever you prefer, you'll find something to try in West Virginia.
Historic downtown Thomas, West Virginia, is the location for the very popular Purple Fiddle Café, Brew & Stage. This family-friendly establishment prides itself on being smoke-free and offers Appalachian music where visitors can also enjoy a great selection of beers and food. Since its opening 13 years ago, they've had consistent live weekend performances from talented musicians and singers that have delighted those in attendance. Make sure to try one of their specialty menu items like the Wild Turkey Wrap to go with one of their on-tap or bottled beers.
A great little pub with local charm and a friendly atmosphere, North End Tavern & Brewery offers some of the best locally brewed beer. Declared to be the oldest continuously operating pub in the state, the restaurant has been open since 1899. Diners and drinkers can choose from delicious appetizers, salads, and sandwiches to go with their favorite drink of choice. The flagship brew, Roedy's Red, is a classic that you'll want to try if you enjoy a bold beer, but if you like something a little less robust, try the fruity Berry Wheat Ale.
If you want a Happy Hour that never ends, then you have to visit Bar 101 in Charleston, West Virginia. Mondays and Tuesdays are the days to check it out at the popular bar located in Ichiban Pan-Asian Restaurant. In addition to great choices in beer, wine, and specialty drinks, their appetizers include some of the best sushi around. Try the Gyoza Pork Dumplings or the Wasabi Shrimp Cocktail. There's music and dancing nightly.
Consistently ranked by visitors as the best college bar around, you'll get more than great beer served in large goblets called fishbowls at Mario's Fishbowl in Morgantown, West Virginia. Always packed, this popular pub has signature wings and other great food like their Steak Stackers and onion rings. Opened in the 1950s, the owners maintain the look and feel of the original establishment which adds to its charm. This place is a must visit if you're in the area.
Looking for a unique bar setting with a great story? Then you'll definitely want to check out The Tractor Bar in Mt. Nebo, West Virginia. Converted from a local farm equipment dealership, this bar has been featured on PBS and WV Mountain Stage and was named one of the "Weirdest, Wackiest Bars in America worth a Road Trip" by GQ Magazine. The bar has live music and offers limited merchandise with their logo and name.
Sip Wine and Whiskey Bar in Huntington, West Virginia, is the only bar of its kind in the local area. Offering an international selection of fine wines, this premier establishment also has over 30 whiskeys available. This is a great place to visit for new and experienced wine or whiskey drinkers and you'll find a nice selection of accompanying cheeses, entrees, and desserts to go with your drink of choice. If you need a bit of coaching about how to choose a special beverage, they offer events like the Siplogy Classes to help you decide.