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The 10 Best Bars In Fresno, California

Picture of Ross Walker
Updated: 9 February 2017
Fresno’s bar scene is an eclectic mix of dive bars and pool halls, with a few wine tasting bars and trendy lounges. We encourage you to check out a few of these spots in Fresno to get a sense of the local community. Read ahead for the 10 best bars in Fresno, California.
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Red Wave Inn

The Red Wave Inn is a friendly neighborhood bar that sells cheap beers in big mugs. Expect a younger crowd, and don’t expect any craft cocktails or fancy liquor, Red Wave Inn is all about beer and cider. The food at Red Wave isn’t bad either, so try the tacos or the nachos.

Address and Phone Number: 2375 E Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93710 (559) 228-8446

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The Brig

Depending on who you talk to, the Brig is either a dive bar, sports bar, or college bar, or maybe a little bit of all three. Regardless of The Brig’s category, it definitely fits on this list of Fresno’s best bars. Head here for cheap drinks, fun activities like pool, darts, and karaoke.
Address and Phone Number: 4705 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93726 (559) 227-7297

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Spokeasy Public House

Calling all craft beer aficionados, Spokeasy Public House will be your favorite bar in Fresno. The space may be small, but it’s fairly laid back and not often crowded. The bartender has an amazing handle on the craft beer scene and can give you a great recommendation suited to your tastes. There is a street fighter game in the back as well as a few boardgames if you’d like a bit of diversion while you sip on craft beer.

Address and Phone Number: 1472 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93728 (559) 492-7765

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The Bar

With a meta name like The Bar, you’re sure to assume that this place is filled with pretentious hipsters, but you would be quite incorrect. The Bar is a dive in most respects, save for the creative cocktails on the menu. During the earlier hours you can enjoy a game of pool, but later in the night, The Bar hosts DJs and most of the patrons get up to dance.

Address and Phone Number: 4542 N First St, Fresno, CA 93726 (559) 224-1400

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The Tasting Room

Another aptly named bar, The Tasting Room is a wine bar with a menu updated weekly. While Fresno is quite close to California’s wine country, The Tasting Room features wines from all over the world, including Australia, Germany, Chile, Argentina, and many more. We recommend you order a tasting flight: choose from several different wines and try them all for a great price.

Address and Phone Number: 7775 N Palm Ave, Fresno, CA 93711 (559) 432-8584

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The Mad Duck

The Mad Duck is best described as a sports bar meets gastropub. The food here is delicious and served late into the night. The Mad Duck, like many Fresno bars, has an extensive beer list, but you should really try their home brewed Mad Duck beer before ordering anything else. If you aren’t a beer drinker, try the house made sangria.

Address and Phone Number: 765 W Herndon Ave #200, Clovis, CA 93612 (559) 298-3825

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Hook & Ladder Lounge

For a stiff drink at a good price, head to Hook & Ladder Lounge. Hook & Ladder is a local favorite, likely due to the great service and the fair prices. The bar does have a dive vibe, so we recommend it for a casual hangout with friends rather than a date spot or a place to bring the parents.

Address and Phone Number: 711 W Shaw Ave #103, Clovis, CA 93612 (559) 298-6539

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The Standard Restaurant And Lounge

If you’ve been looking for a fancy cocktail lounge, then look no farther than The Standard. The Standard oozes class, and has a killer martini list and an outdoor patio with firepits. Our favorites are the Pom Pom (pomegranate martini) and the One Night Stand (pineapple martini). If you like a cigar with your martini, check out the cigar room in the Standard, you can enjoy a number of fines cigars with your drink.

Address and Phone Number: 9455 Ft Washington Rd, Fresno, CA 93730 (559) 434-3638

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Bloo Hookah Lounge

Bloo Hookah Lounge doesn’t serve any alcohol, so you may want to stop by one of these other fine bars before heading over. However, even if you don’t like Hookah you will probably enjoy Bloo, due to its super chill vibe and its awesome incorporation of light effects in the hookah service. All of the hookahs have a neon light underneath them, creating a lava lamp effect.

Address and Phone Number: 1141 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93728 (559) 898-2566

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Vino & Friends Bistro

Vino & Friends Bistro is a homey wine bar with a decent selection, though most wines are from California. Vino & Friends offers several pour sizes, in case you’d like to try multiple wines. We also recommend coming here for brunch, the crepes are some of the best in Fresno.

Address and Phone Number: 1560 E Champlain Dr, Fresno, CA 93720 (559) 434-1771