Browse Our Recommended Pubs

Here at we don't have complicated rules for choosing the pubs we list. To recommend a pub we have to actually have had a beer there - we don't list pubs which have been recommended by friends of friends, brothers-in-law or some random guy on the the street unless we have checked it out ourselves. Our pubs must serve good beer. We don't care how it is served -- cask, keg, bottled are all fine so long as the pub serves Good Beer from interesting breweries. But the pub also needs to have a little something extra, be it an outstanding selection, stunning architecture, an amazing ambience or excellent food. But first and most of all it must have good beer.

The one exception are the pubs on the "To Do List" -- they have been recommended by people we trust, but we haven't actually visited them yet.

All the pubs on this guide are worthy of a visit. A few have been singled out for special attention -- those ones are worth a special effort to visit. ;

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David Top Pick
David Honorable Mention
Full menu
Live Music
WiFi available
Children friendly
Closed Saturday
Closed Sunday
Closed Monday
Closed Tuesday
Open 11am or earlier
New entry in the Guide in 2019
Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours.
New entry in the Guide in 2020
Dog friendly
Has an unusual or regional beer on tap.
Bring your own food
Specializes in Belgian Beers
Specializes in German Beer
Specializes in British Beers
Specializes in Czech/Slovak Beers
Specializes in Italian Beers
Bottle shop
Growler fills available
On the To Do List
Coffee shop with draft beer.