Cocktails and Charcuterie Plates for Two or Four, or $15 for $30 Worth of Wine Tasting on Sunday–Thursday at Square One

South Loop

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In a Nutshell

James Bond–titled cocktails, gourmet meats and cheeses, and a novel self-service wine dispenser make Square One a chic after-work stop

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Dine-in only. Must be 21 or older to drink alcohol. Not valid Friday–Saturday. Valid only for dinner (5pm-10pm). Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, is often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

$20 for cocktails for two and a meat and cheese board (up to a $40 value)

  • Two cocktails
  • Choice of three meats and three cheeses

$39 for cocktails for four and two meat and cheese boards (up to an $80 value)

  • Four cocktails
  • Choice of six meats and six cheeses

Each guest gets one of the bar’s specialty cocktails (an $11 value each), such as the Le Chiffre, made with house botanical vodka, yellow chartreuse, and lavender syrup; the Oddjob, a blend of Sombra Mezcal, passionfruit juice, and lemongrass; or the Scaramanga, a golden gun loaded with Casa Noble blanco, El Corazón, and blood-orange italian soda. Each charcuterie board includes a choice of three meats and three cheeses (an $18 value each).

  • $15 for $30 worth of wine

Square One’s bar is equipped with self-service wine dispensers that pack a rotating clip of four whites, four reds, and two sparkling vintages, which are doled out in tastes ($1), half-glasses ($5), and full glasses ($10). With this option, guests get a wine-card loaded with $30, allowing them to try new wines in their chosen volume at their leisure.

Square One

Newly opened in the South Loop, Square One flourishes in its urbane environment, a simple bar-and-booth format fancied up with richly upholstered seats, soft golden chandeliers, and old-fashioned spinning bar stools. Slim bites of brie, blue, and cubeddu cheeses are sliced to order right on the bar, and the spread of cocktails named after James Bond characters employs uncommon ingredients such as crème de violette, grapefruit cordials, and a house-made basil vodka. The beer menu is similarly eclectic, favoring craft brews and ciders. Perhaps the most notable feature on tap is the mechanical wine dispenser, which loads up oenophiles’ glasses or top hats by the ounce. After its opening in August 2012, Grub Street lavished praise on Square One for living up to “the idea of a simple, first-class neighborhood place, with an eclectically chic look… a beer, wine, and cocktail program that stays away from big brands and prizes small, interesting producers, and a food menu that’s true bar food.”

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