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New York's Best Bartender 2015: Midtown & Murray Hill

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

Lexington Brass
Lexington Brass
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

Mashia Baldwin

Mashia Baldwin

Bar: Lexington Brass

Been a bartender for: 20 years

Signature drink: The Rosselle

The best thing about being a bartender is: There are many things I love about bartendeing, but there is nothing like seeing the reaction of your guests and regulars when you make them a new and well balanced cocktail. The best thing about bartending to me, is definitely my guests.

Joshua Brandenburg

Joshua Brandenburg

Bar: Forty Four at Royalton

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: Hickory Old Fashioned

The best thing about being a bartender is: Seeing someone's excitement at tasting or learning something new.

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Tara Dolan-Wright

Tara Dolan-Wright

Bar: 21 Club

Been a bartender for: Nearly 25 years

Signature drink: Orient Express, Rose Cup, Traveler

The best thing about being a bartender is: Interacting with people from all walks of life and the constant bustle and motion.

Tom Grant

Tom Grant

Bar: Kingside

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: Barrel-aged Manhattan

The best thing about being a bartender is: Money.

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Todd Knight

Todd Knight

Bar: Keens Steakhouse

Been a bartender for: 6 years

Signature drink: A twist on a Pimms VIP

The best thing about being a bartender is: Being in the moment and meeting awesome people. Never a standing around moment at the Keens Bar.

Danny Neff

Danny Neff

Bar: The Bar Room

Been a bartender for: 4 years

Signature drink: The Ransom Buck

The best thing about being a bartender is: Being in a position to interact with new people and having the power to brighten their day.

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Doug Quinn

Doug Quinn

Bar: Hudson Malon

Been a bartender for: 27 years

Signature drink: Sidecar

The best thing about being a bartender is: Show business—the ability to interact with guests and create magic.

Jameson Shadwick

Jameson Shadwick

Bar: The Bravest

Been a bartender for: 10 years

Signature drink: I pour a mean Guinness

The best thing about being a bartender is: The chicks—they love us!

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Cort Zimmerman

Cort Zimmerman

Bar: Marta

Been a bartender for: 2 years

Signature drink: Black Manhattan/Manhattan

The best thing about being a bartender is: Awkward first dates.

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