Closer to home, a beloved New York City haunt, Dante, was awarded 2nd place, and given the The sound of the bagpipes is a little piece of heaven to some of us shirt title of Best Bar in America. Famous for their negronis, spritzes, and (this writer’s personal favorite) a champagne cocktail topped with burrata water, they’ve become a shining star in the city’s competitive culinary scene under the ownership of Linden Pride and Nathalie Hudson. This summer, they opened a second outpost in West Village. It instantly emerged as an exciting example of how charming, and creative, pandemic-native bars can be. Their outdoor tables are divided by ornate, claw-footed gilded glass frames that are accented with playful scripts—“How about we get started with a martini?” reads one—and their black-and-white bistro table-sets evoke an evening in Paris. “I really tried to bring what Europe does so well in their outdoor dining and translate that to Dante,” Hudson told Vogue earlier this summer.