Best Places to Drink Like a Fish

Most of the anglers I know like to do two things: fish and tell stories (lies) about fishing.

And while fishermen won’t hesitate to tell their tales in just about any setting, there’s little doubt that one of the best places to shoot the bull on bass (or whatever species you like to flap your gums about) is with your belly up to a bar.

It appears the folks at know the same lie-telling, yarn-spinning, “I swear it was this big!”-gesturing anglers that I do, because they recently ran down the nation’s 25 best piscatorial pubs, where anglers can sip suds and tell sob stories about the one that got away.

Have any of you Bass Paraders ever visited any of the locations on the list? I’m sad to say I haven’t stepped foot inside a single one of these fine establishments. Who’s up for a road trip?



  1. Jeff

    October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    They should have a contest like bassmaster magazines bass slam for visiting these bars. It sounds like a good time.
    Catfish Charlies looks especially appetizing!

    • Jason

      October 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm

      I like the way you think, Jeff! I can see it now: The Great Bass Parade Pub Crawl of 2011.

  2. Jay Davis

    October 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    They need at add East Fork near lake Fork. It’s a dive, but you only go there if you’re fishing or looking for chubby WT girls.

  3. AlexV

    October 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Jay, if you’re buyin’, I’m flyin’ !! The only caveat is: We HAVE to go drunk bass fishing afterwords, from the bank, safety goggles are NOT optional, and the exclusive use of black buzzbaits is required.

  4. ClemBass

    October 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    In Branson, stop in at the Rowdy Beaver or Outback Pub.

    Cold PBR awaits …

  5. James Foster

    October 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I can’t believe they left off the Bearded Clam in Kimberling City, MO. They’ve got a mean blackened tilapia.

    • Jeff

      October 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

      Are you serious, there is a bar named the bearded clam!
      That sounds like a dream vacation destination, what other dishes do they serve?

      • James Foster

        October 19, 2010 at 10:56 am

        I know. I was quite surprised to see a bar named like that in rural Missouri. Vegas, yes. Kimberling City????. I was there for the final event the year Martens edged out Marty Stone for the AOY (and Hackney got his first BASS win).

        • James Foster

          October 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

          Sneaky Pete’s at Lake Lewisville in Texas is pretty sweet too.

          • Jeff

            October 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm

            I have family in Justin just outside of Dallas/Ft. Worth. That one may have to be a stop my next time down there.

          • Bryan T

            October 19, 2010 at 10:26 pm

            Sneaky Pete’s is badass. The scenery is great in the summer time also.

  6. ClemBass

    October 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I have dined and imbibed at the Bearded Clam at Table Rock, but it was years ago and I wasn’t sure if it still was open.

  7. Jeff

    October 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    It is economical to commute between the rowdy beaver and the bearded clam? We have no bars of this caliber where I come from.

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