9 Best Fast Food Chains That Actually Serve Beer – Eat This Not That

In one of Quentin Tarantino’s best Pulp Fiction scenes, two characters discuss the differences between life in Europe and America. During the conversation, at one point Vincent, played by Jon Travolta, says to Jules, played by Samuel L. Jackson: “You can walk into a cinema in Amsterdam and buy a beer… And in Paris, you can buy a beer at McDonald’s!” Buying a beer at a fast food joint? Sounds pretty good, but kinda hard to imagine here in America, right? Well, no, not really, actually. Although you can’t maybe not buy beer at a McDonald’s here in the US, turns out there are actually quite a few fast food chains in this country that actually serve beer.

In fact, a few fast food restaurants even offer a good selection of beers. So next time you want to wet your whistle but also want to get peckish, don’t settle for bar food, grab a quick burger or burrito instead and have a beer on the side. Here are 9 American fast food chains where you can buy legit beer.

(Just be sure to skip these 8 worst fast food burgers to avoid right now.)

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Not only can you buy a beer at most Chipotle locations, but assuming you won’t be driving soon after, you probably should. The chain usually offers several refreshing beers, reports Black Tail NYC, like a Modelo lager, which goes perfectly with the savory and spicy dishes on the menu. Just note that at most Chipotle restaurants, you can’t just order a beer, it must accompany the food.

A man orders Weinerschnitzel fast food
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Not only can you get delicious hot dogs in a Weinerschnitzel, some places even have beer on tap. That’s right, not bottled: in some Weinerschnitzel restaurants there is cold draft beer, said Puree.

Shake Shack

The awesome thing about Shake Shack serving beer is not the fact that they do, but that they have put together a really nice beer offering. This not only includes imported and domestic beers, but even involved a partnership with a brewery that led to the creation of an original beer. It was ShackMeister Ale, created by Brooklyn Brewery specifically for Shake Shack.

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Need something cold and refreshing to go with that 1,090 calorie Double Bacon Smash burger? How about a beer? At most Smashburger locations, you’ll find everything from expected daily beers like Coors Light and Miller Lite to richer beers like New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA, even seltzers fortified with White Claw.

sbarro restaurant

Traditionally best known for its ubiquity in mall food courts and its flirtations with bankruptcy, Sbarro is now best known to many shoppers as a place to grab a decent slice of pizza and a glass of beer. Or several glasses of beer, because sometimes the chain has organized promotions intended to generate additional business in the form of free beers. Or, according The new magazinea fifth free beer after buying four.

Burger King Whopper Bar
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If you find yourself in Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami or Kansas City, you should check out Burger King Whopper Bar. And that’s partly because it’s pretty cool to order a beer or a cocktail at a BK, but also because you can find Whoppers there that aren’t on the menu anywhere else, according Orlando informant. Whopper Bars stock more toppings than the average Burger King, making the food and drink experience unique.

baja fresh

Baja Fresh has an impressive menu, with classics like loaded quesadillas, tacos and nachos. And when it comes to alcohol, they not only offer local craft beers and imported Mexican beer, but they also have sangria in most places, Carpentry reports.

steak and shake
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According The daily meal: “Steak ‘n Shake is the only big old-fashioned traditional burger chain that sells alcohol”, but note that not all places offer beer. Those who tend to have a selection of average beers, topped with easy-drinking pilsners or lagers, like Bud Light and Michelob Ultra.


Fancy a beer with your Crunch Wrap Supreme or your Beefy 5-Layer Burrito? That’s no problem if you’re at a Taco Bell Cantina. In fact, you can go beyond the beer and get a rum-based Party Punch, a Margarita, or even a glass of wine. That’s because a Taco Bell Cantina is both a bar and a fast food joint.

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Steven John

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