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On this week's Ask the Critic, Carey recommended bars where you can get a good drink without all the hassle of a fancy cocktail bar:

There's a huge distinction between bars with great cocktails and bars I really want to hang out at. For instance: Unless I'm writing about it, I never go to Death + Co. It's not about their cocktails, which are beautifully crafted, or their prices, which aren't anything unusual these days. It's that I don't like waiting in line. I don't like going down the block for a pre-drink drink and constantly watching my phone for a "You're allowed in!" phone call. I don't like sitting at a tiny table in a dark room. I don't feel like I can get drunk there! I feel like I'm supposed to whisper and gaze deeply into my whiskey and think important thoughts.

Read on for her picks here.

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