- COURTESY ROCHESTER BEER PARK
- Rochester Beer Park is ideal for summertime lounging.
375 Averill Ave. | 585-685-8212
Despite its name and initial appearance from the street, Beer Park is not a trailer park-themed beer bar, but a bar modeled on a nostalgic era of RV campsites, down to kitschy logos and bisected camping vehicles. The bar features over 60 beers on tap, about half of them held under the craft umbrella. Outside, find a patio space decked with purposely tacky neon green astro-turf.
Finalists: Strangebird | Three Heads Brewing | MacGregor’s Grill and Tap
- Donnelly's Public House in Fairport
Donnelly’s Public House
1 Water St., Fairport | 585-377-5450
This neighborhood bar off Liftbridge Lane in Fairport is a favorite among villagers and visitors alike for its friendly atmosphere and rotating selection of 33 beers on tap. Pub lore has it that a backroom in the building houses hundreds of novelty brewery taps the pub has cycled through since its founding in 2004. The beer menu is carefully curated and stocked with in-demand beers from across the country, and its descriptions of each are encyclopedic in their detail, giving discerning beer drinkers and fairweather drinkers alike what they need to make an informed choice. When in doubt, ask the bartender to surprise you. You won’t be disappointed. Donnelly’s also serves beer to go in 32-ounce cans — a convenient holdover from the depths of the pandemic. With beers from California to New York and the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, this pub was made for you and me. — DAVID ANDREATTA