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Know your bartender: Interviews with Chicago's best bartenders

Talented bartenders is elevating Chicago's mixology scene by shaking and stirring creative cocktails

Photograph: Ricky Kluge
Bartender Anthony Mitchell makes a drink at La Sirena Clandestina.

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.

The best bartenders in Chicago

Mony Bunni at Queen Mary Tavern
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Mony Bunni at Queen Mary Tavern

She helms the ship at the nautical bar

Luke Andrews at the Whistler
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Luke Andrews at the Whistler

The Texan got his start in wine

Anthony Mitchell
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Anthony Mitchell

The La Sirena beverage manager shares his wisdom

Jacyara De Oliveira
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Jacyara De Oliveira

The Sportsman's Club bartender finds inspiration everywhere

Micah Melton at the Aviary
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Micah Melton at the Aviary

He went from ice chef to beverage director in 3 years

Liz Pearce at the Drifter
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Liz Pearce at the Drifter

Pearce is a total wine geek

Alex Bachman at Billy Sunday
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Alex Bachman at Billy Sunday

The barman for Matthias Merges's spots loves sake

Wade McElroy & Jeff Donahue
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Wade McElroy & Jeff Donahue

The duo head up Heisler Hospitality

Matty Eggleston at Nico Osteria
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Matty Eggleston at Nico Osteria

The bartender uses lots of amari in his cocktails

Tona Palomino
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Tona Palomino

The bartender got his start working in New York

Michael Simon
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Michael Simon

The bartender returns to Chicago after a stint in Austin

Charles Joly
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Charles Joly

The lauded bartender talks about how he started behind the bar

Bill Anderson at Vie
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Bill Anderson at Vie

Chef Paul Virant shares ingredients with the bartender

Annemarie Sagoi
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Annemarie Sagoi

She makes a mean Jell-O shot

Paul McGee
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Paul McGee

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

Justin Anderson
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Justin Anderson

The bartender talks about La Sirena's first year

Danny Shapiro at Scofflaw
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Danny Shapiro at Scofflaw

He moved to Chicago to take classes at Second City

Alex Renshaw
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Alex Renshaw

Less is more at the rooftop bar

Danielle Pizzutillo
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Danielle Pizzutillo

A former architect now builds cocktails

Thomas Mooneyham
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Thomas Mooneyham

He just wants you to have a good time

Mike Ryan
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Mike Ryan

The mohawked bartender started as a cook

Matthew Lipsky
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Matthew Lipsky

Service is the most important thing for the bartender

Kyle Davidson at Blackbird
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Kyle Davidson at Blackbird

He pushes boundaries but keeps things classic

Griffin Elliott at Sepia
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Griffin Elliott at Sepia

He takes over a storied cocktail program

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