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New York's Best Bartender 2015: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

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

Donna
Photograph: Jolie Ruben Donna
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

Aimee Arciuolo

Aimee Arciuolo

Bar: Kings County Saloon

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.

Matthew Belanger

Matthew Belanger

Bar: Donna

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.

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Marc Butcavage

Marc Butcavage

Bar: The Gorbals

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.

Dennis Delaney

Dennis Delaney

Bar: Black Rabbit

Been a bartender for: “Too long.”

Signature drink: Alcohol

The best thing about being a bartender is: A monkey could do my job.

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Cory Dixon

Cory Dixon

Bar: Radegast

Been a bartender for: 5 years

Tonia Guffey

Tonia Guffey

Bar: Dram

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!

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Rob Hoffman
Photograph: Courtesy Verboten

Rob Hoffman

Bar: Verboten

Been a bartender for: 4 years

Signature drink: Clockwork orange

The best thing about being a bartender is: Paid to party!

Jesse Perlstein

Jesse Perlstein

Bar: Videology

Been a bartender for: 2.5 years

Signature drink: The Travisty

The best thing about being a bartender is: My customers.

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Kacie Sims

Kacie Sims

Bar: Reclamation

Been a bartender for: 9 years

Signature drink: Old Fashioned

The best thing about being a bartender is: The community and then the whiskey.

Patrick Sullivan

Patrick Sullivan

Bar: The Richardson

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.

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