Father-and-son team Tom and Christopher Barkulis fashioned their Lincoln Park
wine bar after the small venues they visited during their worldly travels. The space, which seats about 30, echoes that of a quaint European restaurant and offers just as much charm.
The tiny bar is an intimate place to sip solo, while a number of two-top tables line the adjacent wall. Ornate mirrors and bright walls help open up the room, and intricate chandeliers add a touch of romance. Whether you come for a simple nightcap or a you're looking to impress a first date, the setting here is fitting for any occasion.
As for the vino, well, these guys have hand-selected some fine picks from France, Spain and Italy, all available by the glass or bottle. Aside from the main attraction, you'll find more than a dozen quality spirits and a smattering of bottled brews.
The food menu is limited to a simple selection of small plates, including crostini, paninis, salads and charcuterie. Downtempo tunes, house and indie rock stream through the speakers, but at a low enough volume to still maintain a respectable level of conversation.
Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden