This summer, don’t bother looking for us at the beach or inviting us to your backyard barbecue. We’ll be spending all our time at the season’s best new bars. Industry all-stars Dave Arnold and Don Lee will return to the scene with a new project. Tiki libations will crash over Nashville and midtown Manhattan. Chicago will get a world class cocktail omakase and Portland will welcome a much loved pop-up-turned instant classic. And bar veterans like Dushan Zaric, Eric Alperin and The Bon Vivants are opening new spots. Summer 2018 promises to unleash a heat wave of hot spot after hot spot. Here are the bars we’re most excited to see open their doors in the coming months.
Existing Conditions, New York
Dave Arnold, Don Lee and Greg Boehm were foundational to the growth of cocktail bars throughout the aughts, with Arnold pioneering avant garde techniques like centrifuging at Booker and Dax, Lee introducing fat-washing to the world at PDT, and Boehm outfitting the world’s best bartenders with elegant bar tools from Cocktail Kingdom. And now the trio has come together to open their own boundary-pushing bar.