Untappd 2020 Year in Review: Top Cities

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Good riddance, 2020. This is the second post in our series of Untappd Year in Review for 2020. Check out the top beer styles of 2020 here!

Today, we're taking a look at the top 10 cities of 2020 based on the total number of check-ins globally. Let's dive in. 

10. Helsinki, Finland 🇫🇮

First up on the list is Helsinki with around 363k check-ins in 2020. Finland is a growing area on Untappd and this is the first time it's made it in the top 10. In 2019, it came in 13th place for the top check-ins. In this city, the top beer that was checked-in was Karhu III by Sinebrychoff!

Karhu III


Lager - Pale

Total (?) 68,671

Unique (?) 28,395

4.6% ABV

16 IBU


25,504 Ratings

9. Utrecht, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Here comes Utrecht, known for its medieval center and tree-lined canals. It's also known for great beers as it boasted almost 400k check-ins in 2020. This city wasn't even on the map last year, literally, being outside the top 25! In this city, the top beer that was checked-in was Hazy Weekend by vandeStreek bier!

Hazy Weekend

vandeStreek bier

IPA - New England

Total (?) 13,175

Unique (?) 12,259

6.6% ABV

20 IBU


11,723 Ratings

8. Philadelphia, PA, USA 🇺🇸

Our first U.S. city comes in at number 8! Philadelphia is a big beer town and great some for east coasters to snag some Russian River as the only place east of Colorado. COVID has been hard on the city, forcing a temporary closing of the famous beer bar, Monk's Cafe. It also has the oldest and largest beer week, Philly Beer Week, which was also canceled due to the pandemic. Given the struggle, it still ranked high on the list, although dropping from 6 in 2019.  In this city, the top beer that was checked-in 2020 was Philthy by Yards Brewing Co.


Yards Brewing Co.

IPA - New England

Total (?) 7,254

Unique (?) 6,372

6.5% ABV



5,885 Ratings

7. Gothenburg, Sweden 🇸🇪

In the seventh spot, another new city joins the list: Gothenburg. This sea-side town packed serious check-ins with close to 480k check-ins happening in 2020. Similar to Utrecht, it wasn't even the top 25 for 2019. Given the pandemic, a lot of new cities are on this list. In this city, the top beer that was checked-in was I'll Sleep When I'm Dead by Beerium.

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead


IPA - New England

Total (?) 1,877

Unique (?) 1,653

6.9% ABV



1,579 Ratings

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱

Amsterdam gains 2 spots this year, to place at number 6 with around 520k check-ins. The growth in users and check-ins in this city has been pretty rapid. In 2019, it was the 3rd highest non-US city for check-ins! It's risen higher in overall ranking but is now the 4th highest non-US city. Other countries are starting to figure it out!  In this city, the top beer that was checked in 2020 was IJwit by Brouwerij 't IJ.


Brouwerij 't IJ

Wheat Beer - Witbier

Total (?) 158,078

Unique (?) 117,919

6.5% ABV

18 IBU


108,780 Ratings

5. Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴

Now getting down to top 5! In the 5th spot is Oslo, the capital of Norway. Known for its green spaces and museums, it's also apparently known for its amazing beer scene with over 613k check-ins in 2020. It jumped 5 spots compared to 2019, and looks to grow even more in the coming year! In this city, the top beer that was checked-in 2020 was Juicy IPA by Frydenlund Bryggerier.

Juicy IPA

Frydenlund Bryggerier

IPA - New England

Total (?) 25,104

Unique (?) 20,250

4.6% ABV



19,308 Ratings

4. Stockholm, Sweden 🇸🇪

In 4th, we have Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. It actually encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on the Baltic Sea (a little trivia for you incase you get asked that someday). The beer scene is also thriving in Stockholm with 627k check-ins in 2020 and up 3 spots from 2019. In this city, the top beer that was checked in 2020 was Apocalyptic Thunder Juice by Amundsen Bryggeri.

Apocalyptic Thunder Juice

Amundsen Brewery

IPA - New England

Total (?) 75,955

Unique (?) 57,983

6.5% ABV

50 IBU


55,395 Ratings

3. Chicago, IL, USA 🇺🇸

Back to the U.S. we go with number 3, Chicago. Chicago is the second-largest market for Untappd when talking about U.S. cities. Last year, Chicago landed 4th on the list. Even with COVID-19, was able to increase 1 spot from 2019 to number 3 with close to 750k check-ins in 2020. Here's to more 2021! In this city, the top beer that was checked in 2020 was Son of Juice by Maplewood Brewing Company.

Son of Juice

Maplewood Brewing Company

IPA - New England

Total (?) 63,991

Unique (?) 44,409

6.3% ABV

25 IBU


40,942 Ratings

2. New York City, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Runner-up position, New York City takes the prize with over 900k check-in 2020. New York is the highest market for Untappd users in the U.S. Moving up from number 3 last year, New York has been hit hard from COVID-19, with a large number of bars and restaurants closed due to the pandemic. Many bar owners have built their own outdoor eating/drinking area to help boost sales, but with the cold weather coming, it's going to be interesting to see how that unfolds.  In this city, the top beer that was checked in 2020 was Green City by Other Half Brewing Co.

Green City

Other Half Brewing Co.

IPA - American

Total (?) 42,398

Unique (?) 32,612

7% ABV



30,005 Ratings

1. London, England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

At the top spot for the second year in a row, is London, England with over a 1.2m+ check-ins in 2020. London's craft beer scene is booming, to say the least, after topping the charts again. The festival scene in London typically provides a majority of the check-ins for the city, but with the pandemic, it has taken a hit. For example in 2019, we recorded over 1.7m+ check-ins due to the Great British Beer Festival and others, but with the absence of these festivals, we saw a major dip in check-ins. However, that didn't remove them from first place! Congrats to all the brits out there! In this city, the top beer that was checked in 2020 was Neck Oil by Beavertown.

Neck Oil


IPA - Session / India Session Ale

Total (?) 160,655

Unique (?) 102,942

4.3% ABV

31 IBU


95,766 Ratings

That's it for the top 10 cities in 2020! Were you surprised by any in this list? Let us know in the comments, or make sure to let me on Twitter by tagging me at @gregavola. Stay tuned for our next Year in Review when we reveal the top checked-in beers of 2020!

If you are looking to see how your year shaped up in Untappd, check our your beer in review here.


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