This early 1900s–inspired restaurant and bar inside the historic Wheeler Opera House has a comprehensive craft-cocktail list including tableside punch bowls and traditional absinthe foun-tains. Joshua Smith, formerly of TAG and Williams & Graham, is behind the bar. justicesnows.com
When the conversation turns to cocktails, as it often does at Food & Wine, there's one person we listen to loud and clear: Jim Meehan. He's been called many things, including: Bartender of the Year; the bar manager at Manhattan's outstanding PDT; and Deputy Editor of the F&W Cocktail book series. Because this is one of the best times in memory to be drinking great cocktails, we asked Meehan to pick his favorite new spots in the country. Here, his picks.