No one knows a city's best drinkeries like its talented bartenders. And that goes double in a city like Las Vegas. It's the glittering casinos and all-night clubs that draw most visitors' drinking dollars. But both on the Strip and off, it's possible to find great bars that don't demand bottle service or crazy table minimums.
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This month, in advance of Tales of the Cocktail, we're looking for the best places to drink in New Orleans. We asked nine local bartenders where they drink in and around the city; here are their picks, from the French Quarter to Metairie.
For today's edition of Where Bartenders Drink, we hit up pros in Portland, Oregon. We asked them to recommend the best cocktail bars, spots for wine and beer, as well as their favorite Portland dive bars.
I undertook this project with a bit of a selfish aim: to find out where the pros drink so I could follow in their footsteps. I asked 22 San Francisco bartenders, bar managers, and bar owners where they love to go for cocktails, beer, and wine in the Bay area, from swanky cocktail lounges to the dingiest of dive bars.
New York's an exciting drinking town, full of creative cocktail dens, innovative wine and beer bars, and old-school dives. We polled 14 of New York's top bartenders, including Joaquín Simó of Pouring Ribbons, Dan Greenbaum of The Beagle, Leo Robitschek of The Nomad, Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere, and more to find out where we should drink when we want to drink like the pros.
They shake them, strain them, and pour them, but where do they drink 'em? Austin is home to many great bartenders who can make a mean drink. They also listen to guests ramble on about their problems, break up bar fights, and clean up spilled beers. After a long shift, it's their turn to unwind. We asked 8 bartenders about their favorite watering holes, whether they're looking for craft beer, calm outdoor space, or classy cocktails.
Man, there are a lot of bars in Chicago! To help make sense of the current scene, we've polled 10 of Chicago's most well-respected bartenders to find out what are their favorite watering holes—the places they choose to patronize when they're off the clock.
Some of Seattle's best bartenders are also some of the city's best drinkers, and when these folks drink, they know where to go for a tipple. We've rounded up a group of people who know their beverages and aren't afraid to spill the beans on where to find the good stuff, whether you're in the mood for a divey bar or a sophisticated spot to sip wine.
Next up in our "Where Bartenders Drink" series? Boston. The area has more than its share of faux-Irish pubs, Sox/Patriots sports bars, and campus-adjacent underage drinker targets—but you can get fantastic cocktails in this town, too, or find a place to try beers you've never heard of. We asked eight Boston bartenders where they drink; here are their picks around the city (with lots of Cambridge, Somerville, and Allston, too).
Having splashed and measured, poured and prepared for hundreds of strangers, sometimes all the weary bartender wants to do is sit down with a full glass all to themselves. So where do some of LA's best bartenders like to drink when the choice is actually up to them?
If you're new to the city or just tend to draw a blank come 5 p.m., you're in luck. We've asked 6 of our favorite bartenders in the District for their favorite bars in 3 categories: dive bars, cocktails bars, and bars to go for beer and wine. Click through to the slideshow to find out where D.C.'s bartenders go to quench their thirst.