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Meet the finalists of Time Out New York's 2016 Bar Awards

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Dana Varinsky

Anyone who’s pulled up a stool at a New York City bar and ordered something shaken, stirred or on draft knows how highly we value our favorite watering holes. From upscale cocktail dens to neighborhood dives, great bars are one of the city’s specialities. That’s why each year we honor the standouts with our Bar Awards.

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For the 2016 edition, every Time Out team across the world enlisted a panel of local industry experts to help name its city’s best drinking spots. Here in New York, 14 knowledgeable insiders, including bartenders Meaghan Dorman (of Raines Law Room, Dear Irving and the Bennett) and Jim Kearns (of the Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley), nominated the bars they believe deserve recognition.

The winners will be featured in our May 18 issue and honored at an awards party on Monday 16 at midtown lounge Arena. (Grab tickets before they're gone!) But regardless of which bars win, we recommend having a drink (or two or five) at every place on the short list—we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Congratulations to this year’s finalists!

Best New Cocktail Bar:
Bar Goto
Grand Army

Bar of the Year:
Long Island Bar
Maison Premiere
The Nomad Bar

Best Bar Team: 
Long Island Bar
Maison Premiere
The Nomad Bar

Best Restaurant-Bar Program:
Llama Inn
Mission Chinese Food

Best Comeback Kid: 
Black Crescent
Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Best Single-Focus execution: 
Amor y Amargo
Four Horsemen

Most Instagram-Worthy Cocktail: 
Dark and Stormy at Genuine Liquorette
Shark Eye at Mother of Pearl
Tahitian Coffee at Slowly Shirley
Coconut at ZZ’s Clam Bar

And a huge thank you to this year's lineup of amazing industry panelists!

Sam Anderson
Joe Campanale
Jane Danger
Meaghan Dorman
Eben Freeman
Jim Kearns
Sam Ross
Karin Stanley
Lucinda Sterling
Thomas Waugh
Yana Volfson
Jillian Vose
Christina Izzo 
Dan Dao 

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