New York is one helluva drinking town, but it’s not just about the booze. We rely on our bars to set the stage for reunions with friends, sealing that business deal, even falling in love. They’re also a reason to explore a new neighborhood. We cherish our locals, but we’ve got love for all kinds—sophisticated hotel bars to sexy cocktail dens. The bars listed here have been vetted countless times: They’re the classics—or soon-to-be classics—and they all know how to pour a killer drink.