Best Local Bartender

Michael Bowers, Modern Hotel and Bar

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This category is an upset, folks. After several years of watching this year's second-place finisher take the top honors, the Modern's Michael Bowers has finally mixed up things and unseated Mark Allen as Boise's Best Local Bartender. Bowers crafts classic and original cocktails for the Modern Hotel and Bar, paying special attention to unusual spirits and flavor pairings. 1314 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-424-8244, themodernhotel.com

Second Place: Mark Allen, Barbacoa, barbacoa-boise.com

Third Place: Kelly Friederich, Mulligans

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