Know your bartender: interviews with Chicago's best bartenders

A cadre of talented bartenders is elevating Chicago's mixology scene by shaking, stirring and mixing up great, creative cocktails

Photograph: Nick Murway
Sable Kitchen and Bar head bartender Mike Ryan shakes up a drink.
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Alex Bachman at Billy Sunday

The barman for Matthias Merges's restaurants loves sake and vintage glassware

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Wade McElroy & Jeff Donahue at Sportsman's Club

The duo are all about their amaro machine

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Matty Eggleston at Nico Osteria

The bartender uses lots of amari in his cocktails

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Tona Palomino

The bartender got his start working in esteemed New York kitchens

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Michael Simon

The bartender returns to Chicago after a stint in Austin

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Charles Joly

The lauded bartender talks about how he started behind the bar

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Bill Anderson at Vie

Chef Paul Virant shares ingredients with the bartender

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Annemarie Sagoi

She makes a mean Jell-O shot

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Paul McGee

His night-off drink is not what you'd think

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Justin Anderson

The bartender talks about La Sirena's first year

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Danny Shapiro at Scofflaw

He moved to Chicago to take classes at Second City

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Alex Renshaw at Drumbar

Less is more at the rooftop bar

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Danielle Pizzutillo

A former architect now builds cocktails

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Thomas Mooneyham

He just wants you to have a good time

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Mike Ryan at Sable

The mohawked bartender started as a cook

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Matthew "Choo" Lipsky at Luxbar

Service is the most important thing for the bartender

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Kyle Davidson at Blackbird

He pushes boundaries but keeps things classic

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Griffin Elliott at Sepia

He takes over a storied cocktail program

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