If you’re anything like us, the pursuit of happiness often lands you in front of a frosty beverage, surrounded by friends and beautiful strangers. Stepping out to our favorite cocktail lounges, dance clubs, and dives is part of who we are. But even if you frequent the best local nightlife has to offer, sometimes you need a little somethin’ new to make the evening special. Here, we’ve collected our beloved standbys in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago — and added the newest, hottest alternatives to help expand your drinking palate. From the haunts you love to the new spots you’ll fall in love with, we’re helping you upgrade your nighttime options and raise the bar.
Photos: New York, Courtesy of The Wayland; Los Angeles, Courtesy The Polo Lounge; San Francisco, Courtesy of Bar Agricole; Chicago, Photographed by Jessie Lirola