Local artwork garnishes the walls inside Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant as tastefully as the international vintages decorating the wine list. Under the guidance of three resident sommeliers, the staff carefully curates a collection of more than 70 wines by the bottle and glass, sourced from locales such as New Zealand, Argentina, France, and California. They summon their vast viticultural knowledge and ability to speak with grapes to help patrons complement the flavors of executive chef Ted Stay's elegant cuisine. Blending traditional European cooking techniques with contemporary methods, Ted whips up small plates, flatbreads, steaks, and seafood with a locally sourced arsenal of seasonal, sustainable ingredients.
Towering wine racks flank a curved bar, and glowing swaths of blue and purple light line exposed-brick walls inside the renovated historic building. The lights also illuminate the immense stash of wine bottles, craft beers, and top-notch liquors—all available for take-home purposes as well as sipping onsite. Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant also frequently hosts events, including live music and tastings.
Behind a red-brick storefront and striped awning, Viva Le Vine's vintners curate a collection of vintages both affordable and high end, pairing them with cheeses and other finger foods. Wooden racks hoist obsidian bottles of reds and whites, and the wine bar dispenses pours and sampling flights alongside microbrews, seasonal cocktails, and martinis. Cushy, black leather furniture and high-top tables dot the brightly lit interior and an upright piano stands against the wall for impromptu instrumental renditions of Gangsta's Paradise. A painting of colorful donkeys stares down enviously from rich burgundy walls at rich plates of succulent chocolates and naan covered in hearty toppings. The shop hosts live entertainment, numerous tastings, and trivia events throughout the year.
Cellar Gate is a unique, one of a kind "wine bistro" with a European flaire. Small, eclectic seating areas offer private space to enjoy delicious wines and appetizers. A glowing fireplace in the parlor is a favorite destination, as is the private courtyard in the summer & early fall. Casual and comfortable is our goal!
• For $15, you get $30 to use at the wine bar or toward bottles to take home. • For $32, you get an evening of wine and cheese for four, including four flights of wine (up to a $14.50 value each) and two sample platters of gourmet cheeses to share (an $8 value each; up to a $74 total value).
Inspired by the art-deco elegance of the 1940s, Olive Black Martini & Wine Lounge entertains guests with a refined roster of classic cocktails, specialty martinis, soft lighting, and live jazz entertainment. Located less than two miles from the Wisconsin border, mixologists wield jiggers and shakers to conjure potions such as the Creme Brule and Blood Orange N.A. Groni. Selections of authentic tapas dishes settle stomachs after a few drinks, with bite-sized eats such as cajun bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin or seared shrimp served with fresh mango salsa. Meals end sweetly with such succulent desserts as the salted caramel truffle or homemade pistachio mousse.
If the menu at Crosby’s Kitchen and the airy interior filled with long, tufted-leather booths, exposed beams, and crisp white subway tiles sends the message that the restaurant isn’t necessarily family friendly, those fears dissipate as soon as the staff offers to valet park strollers. This Southport Corridor eatery shows that fine dining can be kid-friendly. Little ones eat free every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., nibbling on smaller versions of their parents’ burgers and house-fired rotisserie chicken. Inside the space, which looks like a confluence between a 50s diner and the bar inside the Stanley Hotel, families can sample a smattering of selections from the in-house rotisserie flanked with oak, apple, and cherry woods, including prime rib and leg of lamb.