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Paul McGee

Lost Lake
Chicago, Illinois
Paul McGee has been a bartender for over 25 years, and since moving to Chicago in 2008, has been named Chicago’s Best Bartender (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), Chicago Tribune’s Beverage Professional of the Year (2013), Jean Banchet Best Mixologist (2014), and one of Chicago magazine's 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans (2015). Since opening in January 2015, Lost Lake has been named Imbibe magazine’s Cocktail Bar of the Year, earned a semifinalist James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program, a semifinalist nomination for Best New American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail's 2015 Spirited Awards, and earned the #66 position on Drinks International's list of World’s Best Bars. Paul also acts as Beverage Director for Land and Sea Dept., where he oversees the cocktail and spirits programs at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel's Milk Room, Cherry Circle Room, and Game Room. Paul is a scratch golfer and drinks more Diet Coke than rhum (though never, ever together).

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