173 bars. 12 categories. 44 cities. Welcome to Liquor.com’s Drink Here Now, a celebration of the country’s greatest, most distinctive bars.

To select the winners, we enlisted some of the most knowledgeable and influential drink-world people around. Then we put them to work pinpointing the essential places to drink in the USA at this moment in 12 categories:

Together, the winners create a snapshot of American drinking culture in 2015. Choose a city and find a new favorite bar. Or pick a category and check out the awardees from across the nation. Or just get lost in the map.

Drink Here Now is not only about the newest, and it’s not about the best. It’s about the smartest, the most thoughtful, the bleeding edge, the tried-and-true. The places that matter most—right now.