Top Americas bars to visit in 2018

14th November, 2017 by admin

As the craft cocktail movement has taken off in the Americas, so the scene has matured. Tyler Wetherall takes us on a tour of the new kids on the block.

Broken Shaker in Los Angeles secured a spot in our top bars to watch in the Americas. Photo courtesy: Frank Lee Freehand

Not so long ago, America’s craft cocktail movement was in its infancy, as a contingent of bartenders began to redefine what it meant to drink well. That moment has passed, and those same bartenders have been in the industry for close to two decades, with an army of talent growing up around them. This maturity is reflected in America’s contemporary bar scene, with establishments opening nationwide that showcase a more sophisticated and subtle awareness of what people want from a bar, even if they didn’t know it yet.

This year, many of the most notable newcomers have sprung from these same leaders now taking their ideas further afield and establishing themselves in new cities: Chicago’s The Aviary lands in New York; Miami’s Broken Shaker takes root in Los Angeles’ new Freehand hotel; LA gets its own version of The Nomad; and Attaboy makes its new home in Nashville.

Behind these moves is a thriving and supportive bar community that continues to find new avenues for innovation and inspiration, whether from Japanese drinking finesse or 1950s architecture.

Click through the following pages to discover the Americas’ top bars to watch in 2018.

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