Whether you’re a fan of dive bars, beer bars, rooftop bars, romantic 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.
Bar: Rôtisserie Georgette
Been a bartender for: 14 years
Signature drink: 60th & Bourbon
The best thing about being a bartender is: Customizing the experience and the flavors for the guest and getting to know them in the process—all in the spirit of creativity and hospitality.
Bar: The Gilroy
Been a bartender for: 10 years
Signature drink: Oaxacan Negroni
The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting all the great people and being one of the social centers for the community.
Been a bartender for: 15 years
Signature drink: Paper Ships
The best thing about being a bartender is: I've been extremely fortunate to have had amazing teachers who have selflessly shared their knowledge with me and empowered me to become a teacher myself.
Been a bartender for: 20 years
Signature drink: Bella Donna
The best thing about being a bartender is: The ability to make people feel important. That's really what most people want. I read the personality and mood of my patrons and tailor their experiences to how they want to feel.
Bar: The Jeffrey
Been a bartender for: 4 years
Signature drink: Let's Get Weird/Man of Action
The best thing about being a bartender is: I love being able to create an environment where my customers feel welcomed, heard and appreciated. Being behind the bar is a wonderful creative outlet, and I love being able to share my passion with my customers.
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Bartenders are such a big part of our day-to-day life in New York that it’s easy to take them for granted, but where would we be without their beer-pouring, drink-mixing, sob-story–listening, make-all-your-evenings-magical-through-the-power-of-booze ways? That’s why we’re celebrating them with a competition to find the absolute best bartender in NYC.
Turtle Bay NYC
With daily specials like $4 bourbon drinks and live music on Tuesdays and $1 beers on Wednesday from 5pm to 1am, Turtle Bay really knows how to attract a crowd. In addition to a full bar, bottle service is also available for birthday parties, bachelor parties or any other occasion. Twenty-five HD plasma TVs make this Midtown East bar the ideal location for watching your favorite team play. Not into sports? Three levels and two DJs make it easy to avoid the fans—just pick whichever dance floor suits you best. You’re probably going to need some food to soak up all the booze, and Turtle Bay has you covered with pub favorites like jalapeno poppers ($8), nachos ($10) and sliders with fries ($10). Best of all, this bar is open until 4am every night of the week.
Venue says: “Call ahead 212.223.4224. for Thurs. & Fri. Half priced happy hour, no cover! Receive $5 off any open bar late night for you and your party!”