Best Female Bartender

Camille Kostin

Readers' Pick

F. W. Sullivan's Fan Bar & Grille, 2401 W. Main St., 308-8576,
Metro Grill, 301 N. Robinson St., 353-4453,

Second Place: Kat Price, New York Deli

Third Place: Shari Schaefer, the Republic

Camille Kostin has that "it" factor. "The only thing better than Camille hanging out with you at the bar is Camille serving you from behind the bar," longtime patron Brian Mount says. "She just makes every customer feel special." Since getting her start in bartending five years ago, Kostin has gained a huge following of admirers and regulars, possibly the largest contingent of followers of any bartender in the city. Her speed and skill are undeniable, but it's her sunny personality and ability to befriend everyone that's made her a force to be reckoned with. She's also used that popularity for good, helping found Cocktails for a Cause, which holds benefits for local charities. "She's efficient, she's fast and she doesn't take crap from anyone," colleague and Style nightlife columnist Jack Lauterback observes. "That's just a flat-out, badass bartender right there."

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