1 SHELBY ALLISON A great cocktail bar needs to ensure the clients feel as special as the cocktails it serves, and when you’re co-owner of Lost Lake, known for its elaborate tiki drinks, that’s no easy task—but it’s one Shelby Allison is always up for. And as a founder of the recent rule-bending cocktail conference Chicago Style, she's not afraid to shake things up. 3154 W. Diversey Ave.
2 JACYARA DE OLIVEIRA As a multiple winner of Speed Rack, it’s no surprise that Jacyara de Oliveira adheres to a “less is more” drink-making policy. But that doesn’t mean boring. At both La Sirena Clandestina and El Che Bar, where she heads up the bar programs, her simply crafted and beautifully presented cocktails have earned plenty of fans, us included. 954 W. Fulton Market; 845 W. Washington Blvd.
3 STEPHANIE ANDREWS Perhaps it’s Stephanie Andrews’ background as a line cook that makes her cocktails so balanced and delicious. Or maybe it’s her whimsical approach that never fails to leave us wanting more. Either way, we’re glad she’s behind the bar and heading up the cocktail program at Billy Sunday. 3143 W. Logan Blvd.
4 JULIA MOMOSE Think a mixologist specializing in spirit-free drinks is an oxymoron? Then you haven’t experienced Julia Momose's intricate drinks, which are available as a pairing option at Oriole. At Kumiko, a Japanese-inspired bar opening this fall, Momose’s perfectly balanced drinks, both alcoholic and non, will be front and center. 661 W. Walnut St.
5 ANNIE BEEBE-TRON Using her art background and love of food, this self-taught mixologist leads the bar team at Fat Rice and The Ladies’ Room lounge next door. Annie Beebe-Tron creates drinks that are adventurous, playful and diverse, with an eye toward limiting waste. Her unique housemade potions tap into old memories and create new ones. 2957 W. Diversey Ave.