Half the reason we travel in the first place is to sip spirits with locals and toast to their beautiful city (a.k.a. get drunk with strangers and have them take us on a free nightlife tour). That's why the annual World's 50 Best Bars list is so important. But if international travel is not on your to-do list anytime soon, you can always make a stop at one of the top-rated watering holes right here in the U.S.

[Photo by Brent Herrig via @deadrabbitnyc]