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Meet RedEye's Best Bartender 2013 contenders
Belly up, Chicago. These 8 bartenders are ready to win you over
After sorting through more than 200 nominations from readers, spending hours interviewing candidates and, yes, staging some stealthy recon, we've selected the Top 8 contenders for RedEye's Best Bartender 2013 project. These talented drink slingers represent all types of hangouts and neighborhoods, from a Bridgeport cocktail and beer bar to a cozy Andersonville restaurant. What they have in common is a commitment to great drinks and service.
After clicking through their photos here, make time this week to stop by their bars, try out their signature cocktails and then cast your vote now through noon on Monday (Update: Polls are now closed.). The top four vote-getters will compete head-to-head at our Best Bartender Bash on Feb. 27 (which you can attend by RSVPing here). You can follow our Twitter list to keep up with the contenders, and don't forget to use #bestbartenderchi to spread the word about who has your vote. Cheers! --Kate Bernot
February 13, 2013