Backbar

2012 Best Bartender

This is the year of the cocktail bar, and the city’s top new spots are anchored by considerable talent. There’s Scott Marshall shaking and stirring at the Hawthorne, and Misty Kalkofen assembling mezcal-spiked drinks at Brick & Mortar. When it comes to making the most of a watering hole, though, we have to hand it to Sam Treadway, who has transformed Backbar’s tiny, raw Union Square space into a game-changing operation—all with a broad smile and even broader range of cocktail smarts.

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