America's Best Fishing Bars

Best Official Point of Navigation
Best Official Point of Navigation
**The Salty Dawg Saloon, Homer, Alaska
907-235-6718
** Way out near the harbor on Homer Spit sits the Salty Dawg Saloon, a great bastion of deep-sea lore. It's actually three buildings pieced together, including the oldest building in Homer""which once served as the post office""and a light tower. When the light's on, the bar's open.
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Best Official Point of Navigation
Best Official Point of Navigation
The Salty Dawg Saloon, Homer, Alaska
907-235-6718

Way out near the harbor on Homer Spit sits the Salty Dawg Saloon, a great bastion of deep-sea lore. It's actually three buildings pieced together, including the oldest building in Homer""which once served as the post office""and a light tower. When the light's on, the bar's open.
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Best Place to Drink With Rodeo Clowns
Best Place to Drink With Rodeo Clowns
The Stockman, Walden, Colo.
970-723-8499

The Stockman is a classic Old West bar with traditional wooden front, tile floor and tongue-and-groove interior. All that's missing are the hitching posts. The ornate back bar was crafted in England in 1864.
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Best Place to Drink With Bass Pros
Best Place to Drink With Bass Pros
Tirebiters, Osage Beach, Mo.
573-348-1177

Unlike most of the bars and restaurants in this vacation hotbed, Tirebiters sits off the main drag and feels more like a log cabin tucked back in the woods. The bar has become the destination of choice for tournament bass fishermen after a day in competition on Lake of the Ozarks, as they can easily find a spot in the large parking lot for their rigs and boats.
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Best Place to Foil a Heist
Best Place to Foil a Heist
New Atlas Saloon, Columbus, Mont.
406-322-4033

In August 2004, two South Dakota men entered the Atlas at closing time""2 a.m.""armed with an SKS rifle and a pistol. They tied up the bartender and the three customers in the bar at the time and fled through the back door with an undisclosed amount of cash, hopping in their waiting getaway car. In the meantime, the captives freed themselves and busted through the front door just as the crooks were coming around the corner; they managed to get a look at the car and its plates. The perps made it just 30 miles down the highway before they were apprehended by the cops.
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Best House Special
Best House Special
Mary Todd's Workers Bar & Grill, Astoria, Ore.
503-338-7291

Among the favorite dishes are barbecue oysters, steak and eggs, burgers and a full breakfast served any time of day. Beer and whiskey are popular with fishermen, but the house special is the Yucca. "It's vodka, a little simple syrup and a whole lemon mixed with ice and shaken until it's nice and frosty," says Clay-ton. "There are pictures all over this country of me shaking Yuccas thanks to my double Ds."
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Best Sunrise
Best Sunrise
Mel's Crow's Nest, Marblehead, Ohio
419-734-1742

Pull up a stool at the rectangular bar near the two garage-style glass doors and enjoy a Lake Erie Sunrise while you enjoy a Lake Erie sunset. The former is a rum drink with raspberry and banana juices, the latter a breathtaking spectacle. (Then again, the latter, with "sunset" capitalized, is also a rum drink, with strawberry and mango juices.)
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Best Bar With Its Own Song
Best Bar With Its Own Song
Chili Willie's, Rio Hondo, Tex.
956-748-2444

Located between South Padre Island and Port Mansfield, Chili Willie's is popular with all the southern Gulf Coast fishing guides. The walls are covered with mounts of trophy whitetails, wild turkeys, redfish and sea trout.
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Best Bar With Its Own Song
Best Bar With Its Own Song
Chili Willie's, Rio Hondo, Tex.
956-748-2444

Located between South Padre Island and Port Mansfield, Chili Willie's is popular with all the southern Gulf Coast fishing guides. The walls are covered with mounts of trophy whitetails, wild turkeys, redfish and sea trout.
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Best Place to Pahk Your Yacht
Best Place to Pahk Your Yacht
Brown's Wharf, Boothbay Harbor, Me.
207-633-5440

Pull your boat into one of Brown's Wharf Inn's 40 slips (they can accommodate crafts up to 165 feet long, so no worries there) and make your way up to the bar, which overlooks Boothbay Harbor.
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