Bin 36 and Pops for Champagne are two of Chicago’s long-established wine bars. They’re great places to see, be seen and sip wine in style. And they’re located mere blocks apart in the downtown River North area.
But if you’ve been there and done that in the Windy City, be aware that there are numerous other options when cabin fever and the wine bug strike. A sampling…
- Eno. Flights are the attraction here—of wine, cheese and chocolate. It’s a fun way to experience the three basic food groups.
- Enoteca Roma. “Wine without attitude” is the key to the laid-back vibe of this bar in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Rustic Roman cuisine complements the solid wine selection.
- Webster’s Wine Bar. Forty wines by the glass. Numerous selections under $10. Plenty of appetizers. It’s a touch of Europe in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.
- Vera. The West Loop is home to the city’s “restaurant row,” and not far from that dining scene is this Spanish wine bar. The wine list (which includes numerous Sherries) is impressive, and several of the small plates are “big” enough that they can be shared. Bonus: The bar is easily accessible from the downtown Loop area via the CTA Green Line train.
- Telegraph Wine Bar. Love California wines? Then you can skip this Logan Square neighborhood bar, where the wine list is 100% “Old World.” If you do go, be sure to stay for the delectable desserts.