Stale, contaminated nuts and pretzels served in a culture dish are standard fare in most bars.
But some establishments across the country aren't only taking their countertop cuisine to new levels - bomboloni, gougères, croque monsieur! - they've decided to give it patrons on the house.
Gratis bar food may be a dying tradition in some quarters, but we found a number of joints that don't care about cost or mess, opting to dry your whistle before they wet it. Here are ten of the finest, for starters. Serve us up your own favorites.
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