The quirky drinks menu here is based on popular '80s flicks. The "Weird Science" section includes drinks with experimental preparations; the "Rocky III" cocktails are served over hand-cut ice cubes. thesqueakybean.net
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.