Although people usually go to a bar for beverages and some live music, bars and pubs often have a very nice selection of food. After all, if people have food to eat then they are more likely to stay someplace longer. Here are four bar foods to try.
1. Hot Wings
Hot wings are a popular bar food because they are small, easy to eat with your hands, and pair well with a cold beer or mixed drink. Hot wings come in a wide variety of flavors and levels of heat and can be ordered either boneless or bone-in-wing. Wings may come with any number of sauces including:
- Buffalo sauce, which is one of the most common hot wing sauces and the one most closely associated with the food. This tangy orange-colored sauce is made from ingredients such as red pepper, distilled vinegar, garlic powder, and salt.
- Lemon pepper, which is a good option if you are looking for something less spicy to have on your wings. Lemon pepper sauce is made with ingredients such as butter, lemon zest, and smoked paprika.
- Jamaican jerk sauce, which is a unique blend of flavors including allspice, soy sauce, onions, ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Jerk chicken is a style native to Jamaica, hence the name.
Hot wings are the perfect complement to a cold, refreshing drink such as a Moscow mule.
2. Artichoke Dip
Artichoke dip, which commonly includes spinach, is served warm and paired with foods like tortilla chips, bread, crackers, and raw vegetables. Dips are a popular bar food because they can be shared between several people and the salty chips used for dipping increase thirst, making that cold beer seem even tastier. If artichoke dip is not your thing, consider ordering one of these similar appetizers:
- Chips and salsa
- Tortilla chips and guacamole
- Soft pretzels and beer cheese
- Raw vegetables with ranch dressing
- Pita bread with hummus or tzatziki
Any bar that serves food should have one of several crowd-pleasing dips for munching on while imbibing and enjoying a show.
Served with tortilla chips, nachos take things beyond a standard serving of chips and dip. Nachos are a shareable food that typically consists of a chip base with a protein source, diced tomatoes and onions, jalapeno peppers, cheese sauce, guacamole, and sour cream. However, some places might serve something different than tasty traditional nachos, including:
- Irish nachos, which use thinly sliced and baked Russet potatoes instead of the standard base of tortilla chips. Look for this specialty if you are dining in an Irish pub and enjoy them with a pint of Guinness.
- Totchos, which are, as the name suggests, a dish that uses tater tots rather than tortilla chips. These nachos might need to be eaten with a utensil rather than your hands but are a nice change of pace from traditional nachos.
- Breakfast nachos, which come with toppings such as eggs, sausage, and bacon for a fun twist on this popular dish.
- Dessert nachos, which prove that there is a nacho dish for all palettes. Dessert nachos may come with a base of cinnamon chips and have toppings like chocolate sauce, fresh fruit, and whipped cream.
Nachos are fun to eat and popular in many sports bars and venues.
Sliders are small burgers or sandwiches and are a common bar snack because you can order one or several depending on how hungry you feel. Sliders come in a large variety of fillings to include such ingredients as chicken, beef, and eggplant parmesan.
The next time you are enjoying a drink at a bar or pub, order one of these popular bar foods.