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.
Been a bartender for: 7 years
Signature drink: Let me make you anything with Amaro
The best thing about being a bartender is: Learning from people and sharing experiences.
Bar: The Duplex Piano Bar
Been a bartender for: 29 years
Signature drink: Maria Sangria and the Blackberry Manhattan
The best thing about being a bartender is: My connection with my customers. I hug at least 20 people a night.
Been a bartender for: 3 years
Signature drink: Smoked Apple Fashion
The best thing about being a bartender is: Creating something truly unique to an individual's taste, having them experience the process from start to finish and then watching them take a sip—knowing you have just created a lasting memory for them.
Been a bartender for: 10 years
Signature drink: Original Cinn
The best thing about being a bartender is: Some might think that everything has already been done, but—as a bartender—I feel there's no to limit one's creativity.
Bar: Greenwich Project
Been a bartender for: 9 years
Signature drink: Side by Side with Death
The best thing about being a bartender is: Just serving people the best drinks we possibly can and reaching them through that.
Bar: Little Branch
Been a bartender for: 6 years
Signature drink: McIntosh
The best thing about being a bartender is: It's pure Magick. Connecting with people. Helping them relax. Making something special for them.
Been a bartender for: 18 years
Signature drink: Tequila, blood orange, dark cherries, jalapeño and bitters
The best thing about being a bartender is: Meeting people from all over the world, and getting to share NYC's hidden gems in food and shopping.
Been a bartender for: 8 years
Signature drink: Leaves Falling
The best thing about being a bartender is: Giving my customers a great time with my drinks, and seeing their smiles and happiness.
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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.