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New York's Best Bartender 2015: Crown Heights & Prospect Heights

Is New York’s best bartender working in your neighborhood?

By Time Out New York contributors

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Whether you’re a fan of dive barsbeer barsrooftop barsromantic bars or any other kind of bar, you can always find what you’re looking for in New York—most of us don’t even need to leave our neighborhoods to visit a bar (and bartender) we love. If your favorite bartender made it to the shortlist below, vote for them, then come back on March 17 to see if they made it into the final 50.

The nominees

Alissa May Atkinson

Alissa May Atkinson

Bar: The Way Station

Been a bartender for: 12 years

Signature drink: The Christina Hendricks

The best thing about being a bartender is: The ability to connect with people, share in their celebrations and create a community.

Tammy Kopko

Tammy Kopko

Bar: Branded Saloon

Been a bartender for: 21 years

Signature drink: Piece of Ass

The best thing about being a bartender is: I love talking with cool people, the lonely or confused helping them escape from life. The beaten down PAs or entitled assholes can go to AppleBees (I dont love them).

Shannon Mustipher

Shannon Mustipher

Bar: Glady's

Been a bartender for: 5 years

Signature drink: Maiden Voyage. It's inspired by Tiki, a style of cocktail in which multiple spirits, sweetners and sours are utilized in a drink.

The best thing about being a bartender is: I get to wear my Southern hospitality on my sleeve. Each shift, I work to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere at my bar. It's the best to see my guests relax, laugh, make friends, and have an enjoyable if not memorable experience.

Woody St Juste

Woody St. Juste

Bar: Elberta

Been a bartender for: 5 years

Signature drink: Spicy Watermelon Margarita

The best thing about being a bartender is: Being able to listen to patrons and learn what spirits move them. The ability to engage on a stage with no script, no rehersal and on the spot auditioning for that next new flavor and for the next person to say, "Wow that's it."

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