There are few things better in life than sitting down at a comfortable establishment at the end of a long day of pushing words around the Internet, ordering your first cocktail, watching the bartender skillfully make it with a steady hand, and then taking that first icy, boozy sip. And each of the places on this list would be a damn fine place to end your day.
For the list this year, we did a couple of things differently. For one, we’ve tightened the list down from 33 last year to 21. We also have tried to diversify the regional makeup of the list to give a broader look at the fantastic cocktails available all around the country. What that really means is: we’ve been forced to make a lot of hard decisions. Feel free to comment on our poor decision-making skills in the comments, or just sit back and enjoy. Hopefully with a well-mixed drink by your side.