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New York City’s drinking scene is raising the bar. Not only are the stalwarts further cementing their iconic status, but a host of exceptional newbies—from beer bars and cocktail haunts to posh wine bars—are bringing their A game, too, creating a competitive field for Time Out New York’s 2018 Bar Awards. To choose the best of the best, we asked the best: Ten of the industry’s most sought-after pros voted for which drinkeries they think came out swinging (and shaken and stirred) over the last 12 months. Read on to discover the best bars in NYC, and scope out the next place to visit to make sure your glass is always half full.
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