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What Is Mana?

Teremana Tequila is named for “terra,” meaning earth, and “Mana,” the Polynesian word loosely translated as spirit. Launched in 2020 by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Teremana embodies positivity and a commitment to community—and so do the most Mana-ful bars.

The most Mana-ful bar in the country may not be the trendiest or the flashiest, but it’s the kind of spot that always makes you feel welcome.

It’s the kind of place that invites you to stay, radiating warmth and friendliness. The rock-solid staff sprinkles every interaction with positivity and genuine smiles, making sure no one ever feels out of place. And the best part? This place genuinely cares about being an active part of the community, not for the applause, but because it’s simply the right thing to do.

Learn more about how Teremana shares the Mana.

 

We stepped inside bars in New York City and Los Angeles to find out what’s Mana-ful there from bartenders and loyal patrons.
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Nominate Your Most Mana-ful Bar

Nominate your city’s Most Mana-ful bar or restaurant below. After the nomination period, 20 bars will be named the most Mana-ful bars in America and featured on our website.

When you nominate your neighborhood’s most Mana-ful bar or restaurant, you can enter into a sweepstakes with prizes provided by Time Out and Teremana Tequila.

You’ll have a chance to win $3,000 to host your own Mana-ful celebration—invite your best buds, pour some Teremana and toast to good Mana—and some exclusive Teremana Tequila swag.

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Nominated Bars and Restaurants

Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux - Hattiesburg Restaurant
Hattiesburg, MS

Savor
Saint Charles, MO

Spin A Yarn Steakhouse
Fremont, CA

Grenadier Club
Toledo, OH

Mezcali
New York, NY

Riviera Bar and Grill
Punta Gorda, FL

Tony Nik's
San Francisco, CA

The Monkey Bar
Orlando, FL

Gerry's Place
New York, NY

La Posta De Mesilla
Mesilla, NM

Uno Mas
Oxford, MS

Healthy Junk
Anaheim, CA

Mictlan Mexico
New York, NY

Boneyard Pub
Bend, OR

Captain Stan's Smokehouse
Woodbine, GA

The Canary
Brooklyn, NY

Birmingh

Bar San Miguel
Brooklyn, NY

Drifters Saloon
Myrtle Beach, SC

Clique
Springfield, IL

Dog and Bull - Brew and Music House
Croydon, PA

Boyd's Jig and Reel
Knoxville, TN

Bar.bacoa
Atlanta, GA

Coach's Bar & Grill
Stevensville, MI

Joey D's Oak Room
Atlanta, GA

Chicago Street Pour House
Elgin, IL

Good Times
Oklahoma City, OK

Remedy's
Henderson, NV

Woodfire - West Dundee
West Dundee, IL

White Horse Inn
New Lenox, IL

Most Mana-ful Bars

Want to experience good Mana for yourself? Check out these Mana-ful bars where you can sip a Teremana cocktail and feel the Mana.

  • The unconventional layout of this bar, which is island-style, with no front or back, creates an intimate and interactive atmosphere that lets the bartenders really get to know their guests. Many of their drinks are named for iconic songs, including Tequila! made with Teremana Reposado Tequila, tomato, peppers, pineapple, corn, lime and crispy pork jerky.

    CHINATO
    108 STANTON ST
    NEW YORK, NY

    This bar lives in two of the oldest houses in Los Feliz—a Spanish duplex built in 1916 and a Craftsman cottage built in 1897—where thousands of folks have gathered through the generations. From private homes to offices and schools, these walls have been part of the community for over a hundred years.

    BIG BAR
    1927 HILLHURST AVE
    LOS ANGELES, CA

    This bar takes its commitment to community seriously. Along with karaoke and shows featuring local comedians, they host a Christmas toy drive to donate new toys to Chi-town kids in need. Show your support by grabbing a margarita, which they make with Teremana Tequila.

    SOCIAL JUNKIE
    3848 N HARLEM AVE
    CHICAGO, IL

  • Our Bar finds and partners with Atlanta’s young talent, offering them opportunities to show their stuff with rotating “Talent-to-Table” chef pop-ups and residencies. They also host a yearly “Hug the Block” event, offering hot showers, haircuts, clean clothes and toiletries to unhoused and displaced neighors.

    OUR BAR ATL
    339 EDGEWOOD AVE SE
    ATLANTA, GA

    Romeo’s recently hosted a fundraiser for the Lower East Side Girls Club, an initiative that seeks to create healthy and successful futures for young women of color and LGBTQ+ youth. Join the block in supporting their community with a spicy avocado margarita made with Teremana Blanco tequila, lime and avocado cordial.

    ROMEO'S
    118 ST MARK’S PLACE
    NEW YORK, NY

    Grab brunch every day of the week at this cozy, classic New England spot. Take a seat in front of the fireplace and settle in for a leisurely morning among the locals who like to linger over coffee.

    WAVERLY
    231 BUNKER HILL ST
    CHARLESTOWN, MA

  • Locals and rafters on the Delaware River break bread together at this restaurant dedicated to serving the local community. It's a general store, too, which encourages people to stop by for supplies and a chat with their neighbors.

    THE OUTPOST
    2378 NY 97
    POND EDDY, NY

    After the owners moved from South Africa to Georgia, they were a world away from their family. Opening a bar helped them create a new, extended family, where they were welcomed in by locals with open arms. Take a seat and join the family when you order a Ranch Water made with Teremana, club soda and lime.

    1920 TAVERN
    948 CANTON ST
    ROSWELL, GA

    For all its awards and high-end fixtures, this “Best of Philly”-winning cocktail bar stays true to its mission as a “cocktail bar for the neighborhood.” Sit with your neighbors and sip the fan-favorite Paloma Milk Punch, made with Teremana Blanco Tequila, grapefruit, poblano, five spice, coconut milk, Thai basil and lime.

    R&D COCKTAIL BAR
    1206 FRANKFORD AVE
    PHILADELPHIA, PA

  • The unconventional layout of this bar, which is island-style, with no front or back, creates an intimate and interactive atmosphere that lets the bartenders really get to know their guests. Many of their drinks are named for iconic songs, including Tequila! made with Teremana Reposado Tequila, tomato, peppers, pineapple, corn, lime and crispy pork jerky.

    CHINATO
    108 STANTON ST
    NEW YORK, NY

  • This bar lives in two of the oldest houses in Los Feliz—a Spanish duplex built in 1916 and a Craftsman cottage built in 1897—where thousands of folks have gathered through the generations. From private homes to offices and schools, these walls have been part of the community for over a hundred years.

    BIG BAR
    1927 HILLHURST AVE
    LOS ANGELES, CA

  • This bar takes its commitment to community seriously. Along with karaoke and shows featuring local comedians, they host a Christmas toy drive to donate new toys to Chi-town kids in need. Show your support by grabbing a margarita, which they make with Teremana Tequila.

    SOCIAL JUNKIE
    3848 N HARLEM AVE
    CHICAGO, IL

  • Our Bar finds and partners with Atlanta’s young talent, offering them opportunities to show their stuff with rotating “Talent-to-Table” chef pop-ups and residencies. They also host a yearly “Hug the Block” event, offering hot showers, haircuts, clean clothes and toiletries to unhoused and displaced neighors.

    OUR BAR ATL
    339 EDGEWOOD AVE SE
    ATLANTA, GA

  • Our Bar finds and partners with Atlanta’s young talent, offering them opportunities to show their stuff with rotating “Talent-to-Table” chef pop-ups and residencies. They also host a yearly “Hug the Block” event, offering hot showers, haircuts, clean clothes and toiletries to unhoused and displaced neighors.

    OUR BAR ATL
    339 EDGEWOOD AVE SE
    ATLANTA, GA

  • Grab brunch every day of the week at this cozy, classic New England spot. Take a seat in front of the fireplace and settle in for a leisurely morning among the locals who like to linger over coffee.

    WAVERLY
    231 BUNKER HILL ST
    CHARLESTOWN, MA

  • Locals and rafters on the Delaware River break bread together at this restaurant dedicated to serving the local community. It's a general store, too, which encourages people to stop by for supplies and a chat with their neighbors.

    THE OUTPOST
    2378 NY 97
    POND EDDY, NY

  • After the owners moved from South Africa to Georgia, they were a world away from their family. Opening a bar helped them create a new, extended family, where they were welcomed in by locals with open arms. Take a seat and join the family when you order a Ranch Water made with Teremana, club soda and lime.

    1920 TAVERN
    948 CANTON ST
    ROSWELL, GA

  • For all its awards and high-end fixtures, this “Best of Philly”-winning cocktail bar stays true to its mission as a “cocktail bar for the neighborhood.” Sit with your neighbors and sip the fan-favorite Paloma Milk Punch, made with Teremana Blanco Tequila, grapefruit, poblano, five spice, coconut milk, Thai basil and lime.

    R&D COCKTAIL BAR
    1206 FRANKFORD AVE
    PHILADELPHIA, PA

Meet Our Judges

Introducing the distinguished panel of judges who will comb through your nominations to name the Most Mana-ful Bars in America.

Jeffy Mai

Time Out Chicago Editor

Born and raised in Chicago, Jeffy has been covering the local food and beverage scene for more than a decade. Before joining Time Out, he worked with Eater Chicago to tell the stories behind the city’s illustrious restaurants, culinary minds and industry personnel. In addition to writing, he enjoys hovering over dishes in order to take an excessive amount of photos and has strong opinions on fried chicken. When he’s not out experiencing everything Chicago has to offer, he loves spending time bonding with his beagle-mix pup.

Charlie Cooper

Content Creator

Charlie Cooper is an entertainment reporter and a NYC-based food and travel content creator, who for over a decade has used her blog—tripsanddip.com—and social media (@CharlieCooperTV) to empower people to eat, travel and explore New York City and beyond. In telling the special stories behind the places, plates and people she's met along the way, she has encouraged so many others to boldly experience the world around them. You can find her traveling often, teaching lazy cooks how to make easy, restaurant style meals and trying some of the best new spots in the city.

Amanda Gunderson

Another Round, Another Rally — CEO, Founder

Amanda co-founded Another Round Another Rally—a nonprofit that provides financial resources and support for hospitality workers—in 2018 alongside partner Travis Nass. Since launching, Another Round Another Rally has given out more than $4 million in aid and helped tens of thousands of hospitality professionals and their families find not only financial assistance, but also scholarship, mentorship and career-advancement opportunities. Amanda’s advocacy efforts have earned her an induction into Tales of the Cocktail’s Dame Hall of Fame, which recognizes industry leaders who make lasting contributions within the food and beverage industry. She was also the 2022 recipient of the Pioneer Award from Tales of the Cocktail, which recognizes an industry alum whose efforts enhance equality and inclusiveness in bars and restaurants with regard to gender identity, race, religion and socioeconomic status. She was on Vinepair’s Industry 50 list in 2023 and Another Round Another Rally has been recognized by Vinepair as their Nonprofit of the Year, and Imbibe Magazine’s Imbibe 75.

Chris Patino

Founder, Simple Serve.
Partner, Raised by Wolves

Chris Patino is co-owner of Raised by Wolves, a highly acclaimed cocktail bar and spirits retail shop by Consortium Holdings that is placing San Diego squarely on the global drinks stage. A 15-year veteran of the spirits and cocktail scene. He is also Founder of Simple Serve, a trade-focused drinks marketing agency, as well as a Founder of Bartender’s Weekend in San Diego, CA. Chris is one of the most recognized and admired faces in the industry, thanks to his years serving as National Brand Ambassador for one of the largest spirits suppliers in the world and having emceed for some of the largest events in the industry. His work has earned accolades, including being featured among Beverage Media’s “2019 Bartenders to Watch” and most recently was awarded “Best Bar Mentor” at the 2023 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.

  • Jeffy Mai

    Time Out Chicago Editor

    Born and raised in Chicago, Jeffy has been covering the local food and beverage scene for more than a decade. Before joining Time Out, he worked with Eater Chicago to tell the stories behind the city’s illustrious restaurants, culinary minds and industry personnel. In addition to writing, he enjoys hovering over dishes in order to take an excessive amount of photos and has strong opinions on fried chicken. When he’s not out experiencing everything Chicago has to offer, he loves spending time bonding with his beagle-mix pup.

  • Charlie Cooper

    Content Creator

    Charlie Cooper is an entertainment reporter and a NYC-based food and travel content creator, who for over a decade has used her blog—tripsanddip.com—and social media (@CharlieCooperTV) to empower people to eat, travel and explore New York City and beyond. In telling the special stories behind the places, plates and people she's met along the way, she has encouraged so many others to boldly experience the world around them. You can find her traveling often, teaching lazy cooks how to make easy, restaurant style meals and trying some of the best new spots in the city.

  • Amanda Gunderson

    Another Round, Another Rally — CEO, Founder

    Amanda co-founded Another Round Another Rally—a nonprofit that provides financial resources and support for hospitality workers—in 2018 alongside partner Travis Nass. Since launching, Another Round Another Rally has given out more than $4 million in aid and helped tens of thousands of hospitality professionals and their families find not only financial assistance, but also scholarship, mentorship and career-advancement opportunities. Amanda’s advocacy efforts have earned her an induction into Tales of the Cocktail’s Dame Hall of Fame, which recognizes industry leaders who make lasting contributions within the food and beverage industry. She was also the 2022 recipient of the Pioneer Award from Tales of the Cocktail, which recognizes an industry alum whose efforts enhance equality and inclusiveness in bars and restaurants with regard to gender identity, race, religion and socioeconomic status. She was on Vinepair’s Industry 50 list in 2023 and Another Round Another Rally has been recognized by Vinepair as their Nonprofit of the Year, and Imbibe Magazine’s Imbibe 75.

  • Chris Patino

    Founder, Simple Serve.
    Partner, Raised by Wolves

    Chris Patino is co-owner of Raised by Wolves, a highly acclaimed cocktail bar and spirits retail shop by Consortium Holdings that is placing San Diego squarely on the global drinks stage. A 15-year veteran of the spirits and cocktail scene. He is also Founder of Simple Serve, a trade-focused drinks marketing agency, as well as a Founder of Bartender’s Weekend in San Diego, CA. Chris is one of the most recognized and admired faces in the industry, thanks to his years serving as National Brand Ambassador for one of the largest spirits suppliers in the world and having emceed for some of the largest events in the industry. His work has earned accolades, including being featured among Beverage Media’s “2019 Bartenders to Watch” and most recently was awarded “Best Bar Mentor” at the 2023 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.

Mana-ful Stories

We talked to people across the country about the Mana-ful experiences they’ve had in bars, restaurants and more. Check them out to truly understand how Mana can make a difference.

  • “The man asked me if the sliders were good and I insisted he take my last one. He happily obliged. The bartender, who witnessed the whole thing, comped my drink and gave me a discount. It was a kind and human moment that made me realize the power of paying it forward, no matter how big or small and the friendly feel of the restaurant and brewery inspired it.”

    — Morgan, Chicago, Illinois

  • This neighborhood-bolstering haunt is spearheaded by an incredibly kind and compassionate woman, Antonia, who really gets to know her patrons (she even went on vacation with someone she met there!) The night that my partner and I got engaged, we went there to celebrate. Antonia, ecstatic to hear our news, offered us a free round of drinks. Half-joking but half-serious, we said that we should get married there. Without hesitation, she replied “Let’s do it!” 

    — Jen, Astoria, New York

  • Is there a better New Jersey hero than Tony Clause? Back when Ale ‘n’ Wich was the only bar open on Christmas Day, the Tony tradition began. He brings a giant sack of wacky wrapped gag gifts and hands them out to revelers (he’s a generous guy, but the bar now takes donations to support his gift-giving!).

    — Jeff, New Brunswick, New Jersey

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“I’m glad that we can continue to show support by shining a light on our country’s Most Mana-ful Bars and hospitality spaces. The people behind these incredible, Mana-ful establishments go above and beyond for their guests, creating a space where everyone feels welcome, while supporting their local communities. Let’s get out there and nominate! We need your help to find these places, because they deserve to be celebrated for all that they do.”

Teremana Founder—Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Created in a small town in the highlands of Jalisco, our founder Dwayne Johnson worked with a Mexican family-owned distillery to build a unique home on the grounds solely for Teremana—Destilería Teremana de Agave. Here they craft Teremana with a love for great tequila made the right way, in small batches, by hand.

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