When you're hitting the bar scene with your friends on a regular basis, it's easy to fall into a routine of which bars you frequent and which ones you avoid, either because of the crowd, the noise, or because the drinks are so watered down you might as well be sipping on a Capri Sun. These factors are usually the driving force behind regular patronage of local bars: the drinks are strong, the crowd is relaxed, and the bartenders probably at least know your face if they don't know you by name.
It's no surprise then, that the franchise bars sometimes get the short end of the stick, being labeled the "corporate" bar--the "big bad guy" with the unruly crowd no one wants to be a part of. But by refusing to go big once in awhile, you're missing out on some of the most entertaining nightlife around. After all, there's a reason there are more than one of these places: their concept was a hit. And let's not underestimate the sense of security in knowing what you're in for no matter what city you're in. Check out eight of the best franchise bars in the country; maybe you'll find yourself at one of them this weekend!
- Megan Rohrer | ChaCha Web Writer