From casual to posh, underground or mainstream, Chicago loves to get its drink on. Whether a cocktail or a beer, the Midwest has a love of all things alcohol and wine is no exception. We've put together a list of wine bars offering flights, global selections and locally-sourced varieties.
If you love a cocktail as much as you love craft beer then you probably also love great wine. Thankfully, Chicago has a variety of excellent wine bars made especially for connoisseurs as well as for those just looking to try something new. We've compiled a wonderful assortment of wine bars, most of them offering small plates, for your enjoyment.
Vera (1023 W. Lake St.)
Although this near West Side chef-driven wine bar focuses on Spanish tapas and food, it also boasts a global sherry and wine collection. With a local pub feel and shareable plates this is a perfect location for people whose group includes non-alcohol drinkers because Vera also has a coffee and tea bar.
D.O.C. Wine Bar (2602 N. Clark St.)
Who doesn't love wine flights? D.O.C. Wine Bar yields a perfect and inexpensive opportunity to sample several wines without breaking the bank. Thank goodness for D.O.C. offering this option on Sundays. The laid-back atmosphere of the Lakeview location offers a fun environment for wine novices to learn about and enjoy global wine selections.
Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar (954 N. California Ave.)
Situated in Humboldt Park, this wine and beer bar offers a long list of international wines. No need to get overwhelmed though, as the friendly staff is ready and willing to guide you through their extensive selection. Rootstock also offers small plates, locally-sourced beer and a home-feel atmosphere. There is no pretension here.
Pops for Champagne (601 N. State St.)
If you're downtown, Pops for Champagne is ideally located off State Street near public transportation. Whether you're alone, as a couple or meeting a big group, the elegant drinking room has more than 250 champagne selections. Wow! Plus, there's live entertainment thanks to the jazz selections of the Joe Policastro Trio.
Bar Pastoral (2947 N. Broadway, pictured at top)
Bar Pastoral is an offshoot of the artisanal cheese and bread shop that first opened in Lakeview. The European-inspired wine, cheese and bread bar is small and intimate, perfect for couples or first dates. And, their charcuterie is exceptional.
Disotto Enoteca (200 East Chestnut St.)
You might miss this Italian late night restaurant as it's located in the basement of Francesca's by the John Hancock Center. The charming underground wine bar is worth a visit if you're looking for a nibble - the menu includes over half a dozen bruschetta options - accompanied by great wine away from the bustle and hustle of downtown traffic.
BeviAmo Wine Bar (1358 W. Taylor St.)
We know about this Taylor Street wine bar because of our vinyl selector friends, The DisAssociates, who play a fantastic selection of tunes on the last Sunday night of the month. BeviAmo is small and casual and has wine on tap, wine flights and a rotating selection of craft beer - a little bit of everything for everyone.
Written by Sandra Trevino