The year 2015 will go down as an epic one for cocktail bars, but the craft beer scene gained some major new spots as well. Plus, some of these spots (and some of the best restaurants of 2015) feature sommeliers raising our city's wine profile. The openings came fast and furious this year—Lost Lake and the Drifter debuted in early January, and we didn't even hit two great newcomers, Band of Bohemia and Queen Mary, until mid-December. And let's pour one out for Wicker Park's Bom Bolla—the cava bar would have made the list, if not for ownership announcing that it will be closing December 23. Here's to an epic year of drinking.
RECOMMENDED: The best of 2015