1 of 7
Slideshow-prev-disabled Slideshow-next
“Rye whiskey simple syrup: great in drinks, great on pancakes.” - Ashley Pugh, MistralKitchen, on essential ingredients

Go behind the bar with Pugh in a web-exclusive video.
2 of 7
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
“It’s about the person sitting there, and finding out what they really love.” - Tara McLaughlin, The Zig Zag Café, on customer service

Go behind the bar with McLaughlin in a web-exclusive video.
3 of 7
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
“Is it ever okay to hit on a bartender? Sure. Just don’t be upset when you get shot down.” - Kristen Finstad, The Hideout, on trying your luck

Go behind the bar with Finstad in a web-exclusive video.
4 of 7
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
“It’s not as though the theme from Cheers is audible, but there’s definitely a vibe in the room.” - Anna Wallace, The Walrus and the Carpenter, on knowing when you’re in a good bar
5 of 7
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
“The ice is super, super dense so it doesn’t melt as fast.”- Anu Apte, Rob Roy, on why the bar uses hand-carved block ice in its famous old fashion's

Go behind the bar with Apte in a web-exclusive video.
6 of 7
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next
“I have a thing for pirates.” - Marley Tomic-Beard, Golden Beetle, on naming her original cocktail after lady swashbuckler Mary Reed

Go behind the bar with Tomic-Beard in a web-exclusive video.
7 of 7
Slideshow-prev Slideshow-next-disabled
“They order gin and tonics with a bunch of limes and I’m like: ‘Have you ever had a gimlet?’ ” - Chelsea Anderson, Go behind the bar with Anderson in a web-exclusive video.
Slideshow-next
Slideshow-prev

Please help us keep this community civil. We retain the right to remove or edit comments containing personal attacks or excessive profanity, and comments unrelated to the editorial content. Consult our Terms of Use for more details.