Liz Pearce started her career in an unlikely dive bar in Fargo, North Dakota. There, she worked her way through college while honing her skills before moving to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to pursue a position in the culinary cocktail field. After working at several sports bars and nightclub hotspots, she was offered a job in Chicago at Michelin-starred chef Grant Achatz's The Aviary where she worked alongside some of the most creative and passionate minds in the food and beverage world. After working her way through the ranks, she was offered a position as Master Mixologist at the award-winning Drawing Room and, at the same time, took a part-time position with the Purple Pig to further her education of fine wines. Pearce has received myriad awards including two back-to-back Speed Rack victories, multiple nominations for Best Mixologist Jean Banchet Awards (2016, 2019), was named Chicago’s “Most Imaginative Bartender” (2014) and Food & Wine’s “Best New Mixologists” (2017), and has earned plentiful praise from the media.


Pearce has been pivotal in the success of some of the hottest bars and restaurants in the city, including Beatnik, The Gage, The Drifter and Aba, and is currently pursuing her level II sommelier certification. She is currently the managing partner at The Drifter, a highly acclaimed bar housed in a former 1920s speakeasy, which features a tarot card cocktail menu (curated by Pearce) that changes nightly and sideshow entertainment. She also heads up the cocktail program at Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' West Loop hotspot Aba, creating enticingly exotic drinks to pair with former Top Chef winner CJ Jacobson's Mediterranean menu. This summer, Pearce is opening a new bar and restaurant in River North with her partners at The Drifter as well as her husband, Jonathan Meyer, balancing out her already impressive portfolio of current projects.