I'll be coming into town for the NYE weekend. It'll be my first time in town, so I'm not familar with the local watering spots. I'm looking for leads on the best bars around.
What makes a bar good? The bartenders, primarily. They know their drinks and they mix them well (well does not necessarily mean "strong" or "big".) They know their stock, and can point you toward drinks or bottles that you haven't had before. Ideally the bar uses fresh squeezed juices, but I'm not 100% tied to that.
The atmosphere of the bar is secondary. I've been in bars that I'd consider great that were expensive and upscale, ones that were local dives, and everything in between. I'm there to enjoy my drink, catch up with my friend, and maybe get involved in a conversation with the bartender or patrons. I'm not looking to pick up women.
Oh, and I'm not looking for somewhere to spend New Year's Eve.
Thanks in advance for the tips! Happy New Year's!