There’s been a ton of buzz around town for New York City’s bars this past year. Not only have the city’s long-time stalwarts cemented their sodden status, but we gained a host of exceptional newcomers—from beer bars to cocktail bars—slinging some heady contenders for Time Out New York’s 2018 Bar Awards. Naturally, we asked the industry’s top professionals to vote for who they think came out swinging this year. While the winners will be featured in our May 23 issue, take a sneak peek now of the top five finalists from each of the 12 categories below.
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Bar of Year sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin
The NoMad Bar
The Aviary NYC
And a huge thank you to this year’s lineup of incredible industry panelists!
Meaghan Dorman, Bar director of Raines Law Room, Dear Irving and The Bennett
Charlotte Voisey, Director of advocacy for William Grant & Sons
Jillian Vose, Bar manager and beverage director of The Dead Rabbit
Richard Knapp, Owner of Mother’s Ruin
Kenta Goto, Owner of Bar Goto
Greg Boehm, Founder of Cocktail Kingdom and owner of Mace
Ravi DeRossi, Founder of DeRossi Global (Death & Co, Mayahuel)
Will Talbott, Bar manager of The Standard Highline
Al Sotack, Partner at Jupiter Disco
Micah Melton, Beverage Director at Alinea Group (The Aviary & The Office NYC)