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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: 12 years
Signature drink: Smurf Bomb
The best thing about being a bartender is: I'm the apex predator in the bar and I don't have to see anyone in daylight.
Been a bartender for: 4 years
Signature drink: Forbidden Planet
The best thing about being a bartender is: My favorite aspect of bartending has to be working the busiest nights of the weekend.
Been a bartender for: 2 years
Signature drink: Burn After Writing
The best thing about being a bartender is: Being able to cultivate and create a personal experience for every single customer, while in turn being granted a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of NYC natives and visitors.
Been a bartender for: 13 years
Signature drink: Teenage Riot
The best thing about being a bartender is: The people. The flavor. The fact that every single day my job is different. I get to be a psychologist, an artist, a party planner, a DJ, a chef—every day!
Been a bartender for: 7-8 years
Signature drink: Russell's Reserve Barrel 69 Old Fashioned
The best thing about being a bartender is: It's one of the few places I don't feel awkward. I love adapting to a changing room, the energy, giving customers an awesome night and making killer drinks—from classic cocktails to shots of Fernet or whiskey to opening a bottle of beer. I love it all.