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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.

Chicago's best bartenders know their way around a cocktail, whether it's crafting tiki drinks, mixing up margaritas or stirring the perfect old fashioned. When you're heading out to a cocktail bar, these are the people who will help you let loose on a Friday night. 

The best bartenders in Chicago

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Jacyara De Oliveira

The Sportsman's Club bartender finds inspiration from her co-bartenders

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Micah Melton at the Aviary

He went from ice chef to beverage director in 3 years

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Liz Pearce at the Drifter

Pearce is a total wine geek

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Alex Bachman at Billy Sunday

The barman for Matthias Merges's spots loves sake

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Wade McElroy & Jeff Donahue

The duo head up Sportsman's Club

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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 New York

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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

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

The mohawked bartender started as a cook

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