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What any bar owner will tell you is that it’s not hard to make a drink. Rather, what’s difficult is cultivating an environment that embraces eye-catching design. When this design is done well, it sets the bar into an echelon of its own, bringing in locals and design lovers alike. Borrowing inspiration from eclectic pockets around the globe as well as the infusion of arts-oriented boutique hotels, these bars epitomize the fact that slipping into a lounge for a drink doesn’t have to be ordinary. Below, AD surveys the best-designed bar in every state, from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. What may surprise some readers is that the most beautiful spaces are not in the biggest cities (as some might expect), but rather, in such locales as Tulsa and Green Bay. Bottoms up!
The Wilbur (Ocean Springs, Mississippi)
Riffing on the nearby coastline’s driftwood, the bar inside the Wilbur features walls crafted from distressed wood, plus pretty blue walls under the bar and see-through chair backs.