3. New York, NY
You might be sick of New York by now: it's basically great at everything, and is totally jaded to that fact. In the same way that no can argue that the Knicks should offer free booze to fans to help them drown out this season, you can't deny that New York is an amazing city to drink in. Let’s start with the cocktail scene: Sasha Petraske’s Milk & Honey practically gave birth to America’s current cocktail binge-fest and the formula of precise preparations of classic cocktails and creative, intriguing house concoctions has turned an entire new generation onto mixed drinks.
The craft beer scene is just as eager, with fantastic beer bars (Jimmy’s No. 43, Alewife, Blind Tiger, d.b.a). Plus, the boroughs have been sprouting breweries rapidly, with OG Brooklyn joined by droves in the last few years, like SingleCut, Bronx, Evil Twin, Rockaway, Threes, and Finback. With 4am closing times and the obvious benefits of high walkability and a feisty surplus of Uber and taxi drivers, there are few other cities with so much amazing booze to offer that it actually seems to be encouraging you to sample it all.
Major players: PDT, The Nomad Bar, Tørst, Blind Tiger, Brooklyn Brewery