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The Reader's Fall Cocktail Challenge 

An autumnal mixologist mash-up

October 4 | 6-8:30 PM | State and Lake Chicago Tavern at theWit Hotel | $40

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Join Chicago's most celebrated mixologists for an evening of exemplary and unusual craft cocktails at our first annual Fall Cocktail Challenge. Inspired by the Reader's biweekly series in which bartenders challenge fellow bartenders to make a drink with a chosen ingredient, the Fall Cocktail Challenge will see 20 mixologists (from the likes of Sable Kitchen & Bar, The Drawing Room, Three Dots and a Dash, Lula Cafe, Barrelhouse Flat, and more) go head-to-head to create the most creative and delicious fall-inspired cocktail.

Sample the 20 mixologists' best autumnal libations, decide who pulled off the most impressive drink, and enjoy complimentary wine from City Winery, cider from Virtue Cider, and bites from State and Lake Chicago Tavern.

Online ticket purchases are no longer available. Tickets available for purchase at the door.

October 4, 2013, State and Lake Chicago Tavern at theWit Hotel, 201 N. State, 6-8:30 PM

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Follow @chicago_reader and @uber_chi on Instagram and vote for your favorite cocktail by using the hastag #cocktailchallenge. Instagram voters will automatically be entered for a chance to win two free rides from @uber_chi.

Get ready for the cocktail creativity dreamed up by the following lineup of mixologists—and get inspired by the mastery displayed in their past Cocktail Challenge:

Tony Potempa of American Junkie

Jessica Tessendorf of Barrelhouse Flat

(See Barrelhouse Flat's Jess Keene rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with Mexican snack Takis)

Mel Berrios of Carnivale

(See Carnivale's Luis Rodriguez rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with caraway seeds)

Dave Michalowski of Fischman Liquors and Tavern

(See Michalowski rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with curry)

Danielle Lewis of GT Fish & Oyster

(See GT Fish & Oyster's Johnny Costello rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with nettles)

Alex Gara of Hot Chocolate

(See Hot Chocolate's Luke LeFiles rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with kimchi)

Justin Anderson of La Sirena Clandestina

Joel Gardner of Lula Cafe

Karl Fernandez of Old Town Pour House

(See Fernandez rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with Parmigiano Reggiano)

Reid Caraher of Red Door

(See Red Door's Jay Schroeder rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with Pez candy)

Vlad Masillion of RM Champagne Salon

Mike Ryan of Sable

(See Ryan rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with capers)

Kismet Dursun of theWit Hotel

Nahm Kim of Sunda

(See Kim rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with shrimp paste)

Dave Willhite of the Bristol

Annemarie Sagoi of the Dawson

(See Sagoi rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with tartar sauce)

Brandon Phillips of the Drawing Room

(See the Drawing Room's Christiana DeLucca rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with Marmite)

Paul McGee of Three Dots and a Dash

(See McGee rise to the challenge of mixing a cocktail with beef stock)

Christy Marty of Untitled

Cameron Cole of Underground

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  • Must be 21+ to attend.
  • Not valid for cash back.
  • No refunds or exchanges will be given.
  • Valid only for the Chicago Reader Fall Cocktail Challenge event at The Wit Hotel on October 4, 2013.
  • Please present your voucher at the door for admission.
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