Three local cocktail hot spots are competing to be named the "People's Best New Bar for 2014" by Food & Wine magazine. F&W editors selected newbies Half Step and Qui and not-quite-as-newbie Midnight Cowboy to represent our fair city.
But, in a cocktail democracy, or a cocktailocracy, the competition for best bar can be stiff. In addition to competing against each other, Qui, Half Step and Midnight Cowboy join a list of some of the most celebrated cocktail lounges in the country, including Bar Sardine and Pouring Ribbons in New York City, Imperial in Portland, Harlowe in Los Angeles and ABV in San Francisco.
Other Lone Stars bars on the short list include Brooklynite in San Antonio, and Julep and Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge, both in Houston.
The competition is open for voting now through September 30 and the regional winners will be announced on October 2. The bar with the most votes overall will be named Food & Wine's People's Best New Bar 2014.
Our advice is to get sipping. After all, you should learn about the candidates before you cast your ballot.