Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room and Lantern's Keep

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  • Photograph: Dale May

    Meaghan Dorman

    Meaghan Dorman

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Meaghan Dorman at Raines Law Room

    Meaghan Dorman at Raines Law Room

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Meaghan Dorman at Raines Law Room

    Meaghan Dorman at Raines Law Room

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Raines Law Room

    Raines Law Room

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Raines Law Room

    Raines Law Room

  • Cocktails at Raines Law Room

    Cocktails at Raines Law Room

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Raines Law Room

    Raines Law Room

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Raines Law Room

    Raines Law Room

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Raines Law Room

    Raines Law Room

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Raines Law Room

    Raines Law Room

Photograph: Dale May

Meaghan Dorman

Meaghan Dorman

The talent: Meaghan Dorman

Where to find her: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays at Raines Law Room (48 W 17th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, raineslawroom.com); Wednesday and Saturdays at the Lantern's Keep (The Iroquois New York, 49 W 44th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-453-4233, lanternskeepny.com)

Why you'll dig her: Although Audrey Saunders and Julie Reiner are the most frequently namechecked members of NYC's small sisterhood of serious female bartenders, Dorman is a key player. She's a founding member of the local chapter of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), an organization that promotes community and charity work, and she's hired and trained many women. But gender politics never come up much when we're sitting across the bar from her. In a culture packed with cynics, Dorman remains unjaded and attentive. Even at her tourist-friendly Times Square locale, she's as gracious when preparing drinks built with berries and champagne as she is pouring out mescal and amaro to cocktail connoisseurs.

She says: "I keep my eye on everything. I see if people are having a weird time, and I jump in and fix it. In such a small space [like Raines Law Room], if there's a bad vibe growing, it ruins the party."

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