N.J.'s best bars: The 60 semi-finalists revealed

After thousands of posts and e-mails, and an awesome 170,000 votes cast online, we have the semi-finalists in our N.J.'s Best Bars showdown.

The top five vote-getters in each of the six categories we asked you to vote on automatically gained a berth into the semis. In addition, I selected 30 personal picks. That gives us 60 bars that will compete for the ultimate title -- best bar in New Jersey.

The toughest part of this week was not coping with the blizzard, but picking my 30 bars. There were so many worthy contenders, and many great bars were left out.

And several bars came oh-so-close to cracking the top five in the people's choice voting. A lot of people are crying in their beer right now, me included.