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



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Alex Bachman at Billy Sunday

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

Wade McElroy & Jeff Donahue at Sportsman's Club

The duo are all about their amaro machine

Matty Eggleston at Nico Osteria

The bartender uses lots of amari in his cocktails

Tona Palomino

The bartender got his start working in esteemed New York kitchens

Michael Simon

The bartender returns to Chicago after a stint in Austin

Charles Joly at the Aviary

The lauded bartender talks about how he started behind the bar

Bill Anderson at Vie

Chef Paul Virant shares ingredients with the bartender

Annemarie Sagoi

She makes a mean Jell-O shot

Paul McGee at Three Dots and a Dash

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

Justin Anderson

The bartender talks about La Sirena's first year

Danny Shapiro at Scofflaw

He moved to Chicago to take classes at Second City

Alex Renshaw at Drumbar

Less is more at the rooftop bar

Danielle Pizzutillo at Embeya

A former architect now builds cocktails

Thomas Mooneyham

He just wants you to have a good time

Mike Ryan at Sable

The mohawked bartender started as a cook

Matthew "Choo" Lipsky at Luxbar

Service is the most important thing for the bartender

Kyle Davidson at Blackbird

He pushes boundaries but keeps things classic

Griffin Elliott at Sepia

He takes over a storied cocktail program

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