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New York's Best Bartender 2015: East Village

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

Nate Danker

Nate Danker

Bar: The Belfry

Been a bartender for: 2.5 years

Signature drink: Smoke Signals

The best thing about being a bartender is: Being able to be as creative as you want and making the perfect cocktail for the patron in front of you.

Molly Gray

Molly Gray

Bar: Professor Thom’s

Been a bartender for: 7 years

Signature drink: Bulleit Old Fashioned

The best thing about being a bartender is: All the different people I get to meet and the insane bar stories I've collected along the way.

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Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly

Bar: The Crocodile Lounge

Been a bartender for: 11 years

Signature drink: Anything from my drink menu I created

The best thing about being a bartender is: Taking someone from an introvert to the life of the party—in four drinks or less.

Gates Osuji

Gates Osuji

Bar: Narcissa

Been a bartender for: 23 years

Signature drink: Spanish Fly

The best thing about being a bartender is: Taking care of people and giving them things they never knew they wanted. With a background in photochemistry, I approach cocktails through a science lens. I never know what's trendy/cool, but I do know what sounds delicious. It’s like a magic trick.

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Will Peet

Will Peet

Bar: Donostia

Been a bartender for: 5 years

Signature drink: Bamboo Cocktail

The best thing about being a bartender is: For me, the best thing about bartending is the amount of hospitality given out during the course of a shift. I love it when friends come in and everyone is hanging out together or when you meet someone for the first time and you make them feel special.

Ari Rubenstein

Ari Rubenstein

Bar: Ducks Eatery

Been a bartender for: 9 years

Signature drink: Mezcal Hug

The best thing about being a bartender is: Regulars, high five garnishes, boomerangs and the USBG.

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Sarina Sebiniano

Sarina Sebiniano

Bar: Angelina’s

Been a bartender for: 12 years

Signature drink: Martinis

The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting people and the energy of the night.

Joaquin Simo

Joaquin Simo

Bar: Pouring Ribbons

Been a bartender for: 15 years

Signature drink: All things agave

The best thing about being a bartender is: A chance to save the world, one cocktail at a time.

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Erin Sullivan

Erin Sullivan

Bar: The Third Man

Been a bartender for: 4 years

Signature drink: The Dowey Laugh

The best thing about being a bartender is: Getting to meet all different kinds people, listening and laughing with them.

Sother Teague

Sother Teague

Bar: Armor y Amargo

Been a bartender for: 13 years

Signature drink: Campfire Old Fashioned

The best thing about being a bartender is: I live for service. I love being a part of my guests experience.

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