Chicago has no shortage of excellent watering holes, from sophisticated cocktail bars to laid-back dives to some of the greatest whiskey joints around. No matter what your go-to drink is, we're willing to bet there's a Chicago bartender who can whip up the best version you've ever tasted. We're celebrating the city's top establishments—as well as the people and beverages behind them—at the third annual Time Out Chicago Bar Awards, where we'll honor the very best in the industry. But before that, we're releasing the five finalists for each category, which our panel of expert judges deliberated on and nominated.
Up next: Our panelists will reconvene to make the toughest decisions yet: The winners will be featured in our summer magazine, out June 13. Until then, raise a glass to our powerhouse lineup of finalists for the Time Out Chicago 2018 Bar Awards.