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New York's Best Bartender 2015: Soho, Noho, Tribeca & Financial District

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

Maxime Belfand

Maxime Belfand

Bar: Saxon + Parole

Been a bartender for: 8 years

Signature drink: Hakushu cocktail

The best thing about being a bartender is: Being able to work all over the world, meet a variety of people and learn about different tastes and bar trends in different countries.

Miguel Govea

Miguel Govea

Bar: Jimmy at the James

Been a bartender for: 10+ years

Signature drink: Vieux Carre

The best thing about being a bartender is: Every night is a fresh opportunity to meet new people or spend time with regular customers—many of whom have become friends. My job is to make sure people have a great night, and that's a real privilege.

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Kenneth Gray

Kenneth Gray

Bar: Ward III

Been a bartender for: 16 years

Signature drink: Maple Old Fashioned

The best thing about being a bartender is: Every night at work is like a night out.

Brett Hughes

Brett Hughes

Bar: Madam Geneva

Been a bartender for: 7 years

Signature drink: Bleecker Fix

The best thing about being a bartender is: It's really about hospitality and getting to meet people from all parts of the world who are interested in what they are drinking. Every spirit, cocktail, ingredient and person has a story. Putting those things together is a magical moment.

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Ignacio Jiminez

Ignacio Jiminez

Bar: The Daily

Been a bartender for: 8 years

Signature drink: Dead Squad

The best thing about being a bartender is: The opportunity to meet new people and customize an experience for them.

Bridget McMillan

Bridget McMillan

Bar: Fanelli's Cafe

Been a bartender for: 8 years

Signature drink: Bloody Mary

The best thing about being a bartender is: Practicing new social skills that I somehow missed growing up in a low-stakes environment with lots of support from my regulars!

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Anthony Pepe

Anthony Pepe

Bar: Galli

Been a bartender for: 8 years

Signature drink: Lansky

The best thing about being a bartender is: Being able to express my creativity through fresh ingredients in our cocktails.

Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith

Bar: The Dead Rabbit

Been a bartender for: 9 years

Signature drink: Nut Job

The best thing about being a bartender is: The best thing about being a bartender is being able to make people's day brighter, or send them out happier than when they came in!

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Matthew Sylvester

Matthew Sylvester

Bar: The Mercer Kitchen

Been a bartender for: 7 years

Signature drink: Cucumber Mint Julep

The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting new people, sharing ideas, spreading good vibes. I love my job.

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