Mixologist Erick Castro is behind the bar program at this reinvention of a 1950s American drugstore hangout. Beer, craft soda and house-made cocktails flow from over 30 different taps. politeprovisions.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.