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Meet the finalists of Time Out Chicago’s 2016 Bar Awards

Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson

Chicago’s watering holes are among the most beloved spots in the city. Whether you prefer something shaken or a cold glass of beer, this city has a bar for you. That’s why we’ve decided to honor Chicago’s very best with our inaugural Bar Awards.

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For the first year of the Chicago Bar Awards, Time Out teams across the world enlisted panels of local industry experts to help name the city’s best drinking spots. The winners will be featured in our June–August print issue of Time Out Chicago and honored at an awards party on Monday, June 6 at Artifact Events in Ravenswood. (Grab tickets before they’re gone!) Regardless of who wins, a night out at any one of these hot spots is sure to be a memorable experience. Congratulations to this year’s finalists:

Best New Cocktail Bar:

Best Intentions

The Broken Shaker


Lost Lake

The Sixth

Bar of the Year:

The Aviary

Billy Sunday

Sportsman’s Club

Weegee’s Lounge

The Whistler

Best Restaurant Bar:



Longman & Eagle

Nico Osteria


Best Bartender or Bar Team:

Christian Hetter, Berkshire Room

The Drifter

Graham Heubach, Sportsman’s Club


Best Single Focus Bar:

Billy Sunday


Masa Azul

Mezcaleria Las Flores


Best Design:

The Heavy Feather

Milk Room

Queen Mary Tavern

The Sixth

Three Dots and a Dash

Best Beer Bar:

Bangers & Lace (Chicago)

Clark Street Ale House


Map Room

Small Bar

Get your tickets to the Bar Awards here.

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