Slideshow: Ask a Bartender: What is Your Favorite Drinking City?

Burlington
Burlington
"The best drinking city for a beer and food lover is, hands down, Burlington, VT. Farm culture smashing up against a weather-induced need to get boozy makes the drinking up there unparalleled. When your local breweries list The Alchemist, Lawson's Finest Liquids, and Hill Farmstead, you're in for a possibly forgettable great time."— Dan Bronson (The Strand Smokehouse)
Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
"While my drinking heart is in SF, I have to say Portland. Some of the best bartenders on the Left Coast practice their craft here. There's all the crazy good street food to be had and you generally don't need a car to get around. Oh, and if you are feeling really lazy, you can stay in the Ace Hotel and eat and drink at the bar downstairs, which happens to be Clyde Common." — Michael Lazar (Hog & Rocks)
The City I Happen to Be In
The City I Happen to Be In
"My favorite drinking city is the one I happen to be in at the time. I like getting a chance to hit up different bars and get a feel for the city's specific quirks and interests." — Elizabeth Powell (Liberty Bar)
New York City
New York City
"New York. The greatest cabbies and subway system in the world means you and your friends always have a DD." — Cory Fitzsimmons (Angolo SoHo)
New York City or New Orleans
New York City or New Orleans
"It’s a toss-up between New York City and New Orleans because both cities have such diverse drinking cultures."— Chris James (The Ryland Inn)
Los Angeles and San Diego
Los Angeles and San Diego
"Right now, L.A. and San Diego are blowing it up. L.A. has come a long way, and doesn't have it easy when it comes to stereotypes, but I have some awesome food and drink there; Red Medicine and Roger Room are my two go-tos."—Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
Humboldt County
Humboldt County
"Humboldt County, CA. It's the type of place where everybody knows you, and no matter whether you walk into Everetts (my old favorite dive bar) or The Pearl (where my girlfriends and I would get dressed up to hang out at) the bartenders know who you are, who your family is, and obviously what you drink. It's the type of place where no matter where you go to post up for the night, you are bound to see someone you know. It's comfortable, cozy and the idea is to come as you are. There are none of the pressures of status, income, appearance, or who's who." — Megan Knox (Bluestem)
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago is absolutely tops in my book. Not just because I live here, but because we do have some of the soundest drinking in the country in my opinion. However, if I’m to be on the road and I’m going to tipple...I have to say Louisville, KY. Every bar has a great bourbon selection, even the fancy joints don’t take themselves too seriously, the people are downright friendly, and there’s a remarkable variety of watering holes one can wander into. Also, CityScoot.com. Check it out. —Mike Ryan (Sable)
New York City
New York City
"I really loved New York when I last visited there in December. There's some great cocktail bars out there and some phenomenal bartenders. So many bars have great ice programs which make the drinks look even better. I really loved The Shanty with their pink gin on the back bar served from a copper still."—Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
Chicago, Indianapolis
Chicago, Indianapolis
"It's unfair to say because I lived there for a few years, but #1 is definitely Chicago. But a cool drinking city that is off the beaten path is Indianapolis. They have created a cool scene in Indy with places like The Libertine and Ball & Biscuit." — Nate Howell (Cusp Dining & Drinks)
Boston
Boston
"I'm partial to Boston. I know the standard is set high here for hospitality, and I think that shows." —Todd Maul (Clio)