The 56 Best Hashtags for Bars and Restaurants

Best Hashtags for Bars and Restaurants

The 56 Best Hashtags for Bars and Restaurants

Do a quick scroll through your Instagram feed. If you’re anything like me, it’s literally back-to-back posts featuring food and cocktails. But when someone asks me, “Where would you like to eat?” even after scrolling past dozens of food finds, my mind is completely void of ideas.

How can this be?

The problem is this: Instagram is so saturated with food posts, it’s really hard to stand out. The fight for attention isn’t just between other restaurants; food critics, hip business districts, and even four-legged celebrities (like @popeyethefoodie) are all competing within the same space. So, how can you possibly get your establishment to stand out among the crowd?


In the endless stream of food posts, strategically using hashtags is the best way to get noticed and increase your profile’s discoverability.

In this article, I’ve included the 56 best hashtags to use for bars, restaurants, or any profile that features edible and/or drinkable finds.

Keep reading to learn how hashtags can be used to help you generate leads and get more customers in the door.

The Best Hashtags for Restaurants

  1. #food
  2. #foodie
  3. #yum
  4. #yummy
  5. #nom
  6. #nomnom
  7. #hungry
  8. #cleaneating
  9. #paleo
  10. #vegetarian
  11. #delish
  12. #wine
  13. #pizza
  14. #pasta
  15. #sushi
  16. #cocktails
  17. #happyhour
  18. #foodstagram
  19. #burger
  20. #eats
  21. #GoodEats
  22. #Foodography
  23. #tasty
  24. #delicious
  25. #foodporn
  26. #breakfast
  27. #lunch
  28. #brunch
  29. #SundayBrunch
  30. #dinner
  31. #dessert
  32. #recipe
  33. #SundayFunday
  34. #TacoTuesday
  35. #WineWednesday

The Best Hashtags for Bars

  1. #bar
  2. #drinks
  3. #cocktails
  4. #bartender
  5. #weekend
  6. #food
  7. #drink
  8. #wine
  9. #cocktail
  10. #beer
  11. #restaurant
  12. #happy
  13. #instagood
  14. #love
  15. #travel
  16. #party
  17. #art
  18. #friends
  19. #mixology
  20. #photography
  21. #nightlife

Incorporate Hashtags into a Photo Contest

There are several ways to use hashtags with your contests and promotions, but one of the most popular is running a photo contest. To do this, host a photo contest and require one or more hashtags with each photo entry. Take it a step further and collect contact information from participants like the ultra valuable email address.

Check out this example of a photo contest with the option to enter via Instagram. When participants post a photo to Instagram, they can enter your photo contest by including your designated hashtag(s). If they want to vote, they simply need to provide their email.

Instagram hashtag contest

Hashtag Vote Contest Template

Looking to make a hashtag contest of your own? We have a template to help you get started.

As a bonus, when launching your contest or promotion, here are some of the best hashtags to use to help you promote it.

Best Hashtags for Contests and Promotions

  1. #contest
  2. #[yourbrand]contest
  3. #contests
  4. #contestalert
  5. #contestentry
  6. #sweepstakes
  7. #[yourbrand]sweepstakes
  8. #giveaway
  9. #[yourbrandgiveaway]
  10. #giveaways
  11. #winitwednesday
  12. #competition
  13. #win
  14. #[yourbrand]win

Want more hashtags, more promotion ideas and more ways to increase engagement and sales? Check out our 100 Most Popular Hashtags post.

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Jessica Miller
jessica@shortstacklab.com

Jessica Miller helps ShortStack customers get started, and get the most out of our platform by creating "how to" tutorials. She also recommends strategies for customer success. Read more articles by Jessica Miller.