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Have we ever collectively needed a drink more than we did this past year? Graciously, New York City bars were more than ready to provide the soul-soothing liquid therapy we all required, but a select few spots went above the call of booze duty. Time Out New York honors such standout performers in our third annual Bar Awards, crowning the best and brightest of the 2016 bar scene, from single-focus cocktail bars to cool-kid natural wine bars to one of the most beloved and oldest bars in NYC. As is tradition, our trusty panel of industry professionals congregated at our Times Square HQ in April to discuss which barrooms, teams and individual drinks wowed them. The same voting caveats also remained: Panelists were barred from nominating or voting for their own establishment. The result? A crème-de-la-crème lineup of nine exemplary local drinkeries: a stirred mix of both aged favorites and sparkling rookies.
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