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Chicagoans are quite spoiled when it comes to booze: The city is home to some of the country’s most creative distillers and breweries, making it an incubator for top talent. Every year for Time Out Chicago’s Bar Awards, we enlist a panel of insiders to help us honor these craftspeople and the bars behind them. The 2018 winners read like a checklist of must-try Chicago watering holes—from a jazz club that’s been serving stiff drinks since 1907 to a mescal-filled basement spot that’s become a fast favorite. Without further ado, let’s give it up for this year’s winners.
RECOMMENDED: Take a look at the 2018 Bar Awards finalists