Khyber Pass named to 'best bars in America' list

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Bar scene at Khyber Pass Pub. (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

Khyber Pass Pub in Old City has been named to Esquire's annual list of the Best Bars in America, in the mag's June/July issue.

It's one of 15 newcomers selected; the editors say they chose "fewer speakeasy-style craft-cocktail bars" this time out.

A speakeasy, this is not.

"Back in the 1980s," reads Esquire's copy, "the Khyber was where all the punk bands played. Nowadays the bands are gone and it's a lot cleaner. But there's still a great rock 'n' roll jukebox, decent New Orleans food (and cocktails), and a whole lot of craft beer on tap.”

And do not skip the fresh popped Benton’s bacon grease popcorn.