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Here’s to the inaugural edition of the Toast of the Town drinking poll.

click to enlarge DIVES TAKE SEASONING: The only spot in Little Rock where you can get a cheeseburger and Bloody Mary at 3:30 in the morning 364 days out of the year(you're on your own on Christmas), Midtown Billiards celebrates 70 years in business next year. It won our "dive" category.
  • DIVES TAKE SEASONING: The only spot in Little Rock where you can get a cheeseburger and Bloody Mary at 3:30 in the morning 364 days out of the year(you're on your own on Christmas), Midtown Billiards celebrates 70 years in business next year. It won our "dive" category.

It came to us in one of those rare drink-abetted epiphanies that actually hold up the next morning: Why not create a companion poll to our established Readers Choice restaurant contest that celebrates that other culture of consumption? After all, for aiding the mix and the mingle, for keeping us ? or at least the sinful among us ? up late, for simple refreshment, there's not much to rival booze and bars.

So here we are, with the results of our first-ever drinking poll. Readers voted on ballots printed in the weekly edition and via an on-line survey. Much like the restaurant poll, we list winners in a number of categories for Little Rock/North Little Rock alongside those from elsewhere Around Arkansas.

 

BEST BAR

Winner: Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: White Water Tavern, Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack, The Afterthought

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Maxine's, Hot Springs

Runners-up: George's Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville; Theo's, Fayetteville

 

BEST BARTENDER

Winner: Spencer Jansen (Capital Bar and Grill)

Runners-up: Josh Johnson (The Afterthought), Mac Watts (Sticky Fingerz), Lee Edwards (Salut Bistro)

 

BEST LIQUOR

STORE

Winner: Colonial Wine & Spirits

Runners-up: Markham Liquor; Popatop, Little Rock; Heights Fine Wine and Spirits

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Lake Liquor, Maumelle

Runners-up: Ace Liquor Center, Cabot; Liquor World, Fayetteville

BEST SPORTS BAR

Winner: West End Smokehouse & Tavern

Runners-up: Big Whiskey's American Bar & Grill, Gusano's, Fox and Hound

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, Fayetteville

Runners-up: Grub's Bar & Grille, Fayetteville; Gusano's, Conway

 

BEST PICKUP BAR

Winner: Cajun's Wharf

Runners-up: Midtown Billiards, Ciao Baci, Hillcrest Fountain

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: On the Rocks, Fayetteville

Runners-up: Theo's, Fayetteville; the Conway VFW

 

BEST GAY BAR

Winner: Discovery

Runner-up: Star Bar Lounge, Off Center/Pulse, UBU

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Tangerine, Fayetteville

 

BEST BAR FOR

LIVE MUSIC

Winner: Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack

Runners-up: White Water Tavern, Revolution, The Afterthought

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: George's Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville

Runners-up: Maxine's, Hot Springs; Smoke and Barrel, Fayetteville

 

BEST DIVE BAR

Winner: Midtown Billiards

Runners-up: White Water Tavern, Pizza D'Action, Town Pump

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Maxine's, Hot Springs

Runners-up: Arlie Muck's, Fort Smith; Roy's First & Last Chance, Paragould

 

BEST HOTEL BAR

Winner: Capital Bar and Grill

Runner-up: The Lobby Bar and Mallards Bar at the Peabody

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: The Arlington, Hot Springs

Runners-up: The Inn at Carnall Hall, Fayetteville; Basin Park Hotel, Eureka Springs

BEST BAR

FOR POOL

Winner: The Underground Pub

Runners-up: Smokehouse & Tavern, Zack's Place, Midtown Billiards

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Art's Place, Fayetteville

 

BEST BAR

FOR FOOD

Winner: Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack, Afterthought, Midtown

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Grub's, Fayetteville

 

BEST HAPPY HOUR

Winner: Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack

Runners-up: The Afterthought, The Flying Saucer, Cajun's Wharf

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Michelangelo's, Conway

BEST NON-BAR FOR DRINKING

Winner: The House

Runners-up: Vino's, Loca Luna, Ciao Baci

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Brau Haus, Hot Springs

BEST DRINKING BRUNCH

Winner: Vieux Carre

Runners-up: Satellite Cafe, Rumba, Ashley's

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Common Grounds, Fayetteville

BEST PATIO

Winner: Cajun's Wharf

Runners-up: U.S. Pizza Hillcrest, Rumba, Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Michelangelo's Rooftop Bar, Conway

BEST BEER

SELECTION

 

Winner: The Flying Saucer

Runners-up: Cregeen's Irish Pub, The Pantry, Boscos

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Brewski's, Fayetteville

 

BEST PLACE FOR COLDEST BEER

 

Winner: Flying Saucer

Runners-up: Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack, the Fountain, Pizza Cafe

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Brewski's, Fayetteville

 

BEST PLACE FOR A BLOODY MARY

 

Winner: The Afterthought

Runners-up: Rumba, Capital Bar and Grill, Midtown Billiards

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Oaklawn, Hot Springs

 

BEST PLACE

FOR A MARTINI

 

Winner: Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Ferneau, Ciao Baci, The Afterthought

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: Bordino's, Fayetteville.

 

BEST PLACE FOR

A MARGARITA

 

Winner: Senor Tequila, Rodney Parham

Runners-up: El Porton, Casa Manana, Cantina Laredo.

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: La Huerta, Fayetteville

 

BEST TEQUILA

SELECTION

 

Winner: Revolution

Runners-up: Casa Manana, Senor Tequila, Cantina Laredo

 

Around Arkansas

Winner: La Hacienda, Hot Springs

 

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