Best new bars in the U.S.
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Because this is one of the best times in memory to be drinking great cocktails, we asked Meehan to pick his 10 favorite new bars in the country. He obliged, and here they are.
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At this genius spot, you can get gorgeously made cocktails like the gin-based La Bicyclette, served in a handy glass flask, and you’ll get in trouble if you don’t drink from it. In a marked change from many bars you’ve probably been to, this one has an outstanding bathroom. In fact, it won a best bathroom award for 2011 from Eater.com.
The NoMad Hotel, New York
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“This feels like what it is—a big, beautiful American hotel bar,” says Meehan of this space, which is anchored by a 24-foot mahogany bar and boasts additional rooms, like the Library. Leo Robitschek breaks the cocktail menu into categories like Soft Cocktails and Dark Spirited. The Classics aren’t classic classics; instead they tend toward terrific lesser-known drinks, like the Morning Glory Fizz, a mix of Scotch, absinthe, lemon and egg white.
The Barrelhouse Flat, Chicago
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“This place is brilliant,” says Meehan, who also likes that it’s open later than most places in Chicago (in fact, the website doesn’t include closing times). The huge bar houses two concepts. Downstairs is casual, with a great jukebox and a gorgeous punchbowl set up (available by the cup, the pitcher and the bowl). Upstairs, you can find more of that perennially popular NYC speakeasy ambience.