Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with this Groupon.
$95 for $200 Worth of Small Plates and Drinks
In addition to corking bottles of wine such as the almost-chocolaty Los Nevados malbec from Mendoza, Argentina ($10/glass), and the crisp Anziano pinot grigio from Veneto, Italy ($10/glass), bartenders fill glasses with the bubbles of Allagash White, a creamy belgian wheat beer ($7), and Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin pale ale ($6).
The menu offers more solid sustenance in the forms of gourmet paninis ($12), cheese plates with bread and dried fruits ($8+/1.5 ounces), and artisan-cured meats ($8 for 10 fresh-cut slices).
694 Wine & Spirits
Continually lauded by various publications including Chicago magazine, 694 Wine & Spirits thrusts sophisticated bar fare and modestly produced libations into the willing fists of its patrons. Panini sandwiches whose fillings are limited to three high-quality components join a score of artisan cheeses and cured meats on a minimalist bar menu, and carefully picked vino and bubbly bottles accompany beers of the week and small-batch bourbon on an eye-opening spirits list. A cubist decor dotted with square stools, pop-art prints, and exposed brick houses sippers of Bison Grass vodka, nibblers of salt-and-butter baguettes, while outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the dog-friendly patio.