1) Mike Androw, The Olive Bar
Here’s what Mike Androw, bartender at The Olive Bar, and this year’s winner of Best Bartender, had to say about being a good bartender. "You can teach a monkey to open up a bottle of beer. But when you have 10 tickets on a service bar printer, when you’re taking three separate food orders, when you’re making drinks for a bar that’s four deep, and you’re carrying on three separate conversations -- one about sports, one about foreign bond yields, and one about religion’s place in politics -- when you can do it all at the same time, and when you can do it 15 hours straight without stopping to eat or pee, then go home, get a couple hours of sleep, and come back and do it 15 hours again, then you’re a good bartender. Until then you’re just a monkey opening a bottle of beer."
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2) Adam Hinckley, The Corner Pug
3) Barry Shayer, The Willimantic Brewing Company
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