This bar and bistro concocts inventive cocktails like the Madhatteran: High West Double Rye, amaro, Punt e Mes, maraschino liqueur and orange bitters. Small plates and drink specials are served during their famous daily "leisure hour," which starts at 5 p.m. cafemaude.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 spots in the country. Here, his picks.