Monday 3 August 2015

The Best Bar in America – a review

BBIA_DVD_20_NEWI don’t recall where I first came across this film, but it was somewhere online. As soon as I read the first sentence of the synopsis (“A whisky-fueled writing assignment takes one man on an epic motorcycle road trip through the bars and taverns across the American West.”) I knew I wanted to watch it. So I ordered it from their web site and a few days later a small package arrived.

An indie film released in 2013, The Best Bar in America tells the story of Sanders, a struggling writer, and his not-so-trusty 1960 BMW R60/2 sidecar outfit as they roll from bar to bar throughout the western US, ultimately ending up in Montana. The journey starts as an attempt to write a book documenting many of the supposedly 11,000+ bars and taverns in the west but, as road movies go, the trip becomes much more than that as Sanders meets various characters during his adventure.

It’s a short film and it flows along at a leisurely pace.  There are no star actors, no pyrotechnics or CGI, and only a couple of ‘chase’ scenes that are more humorous than anything. It’s just an endearing, relaxing ride for about 90 minutes.

I recommend it as a worthy addition to any motorcycle road trip collection.


  1. Hey, I'd like to watch this, too. Or better, show us the best bar in Canada (well, or maybe Ottawa for starters?)

  2. Love the sound of it and it sounds like just the ticket for a cold winter night. Thanks for finding it.

  3. Have not heard of that film. Will need to check it out.

  4. Never heard of it either. Should be a fun film for a rainy day. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Stephanie Yue sold me on the virtues of Bourbon on a road trip. I wonder if our local library has that DVD...

  6. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole WY. Check it out if you're ever over that way.


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