Like Mike Tyson, wine is usually robust, often boxed, and should never influence tattooing decisions. Imbibe the spirit of a champion with today's Groupon to 694 Wine & Spirits. Choose between the following options:
• For $15, you get $30 worth of specialty drinks and small plates.
• For $45, you get $100 worth of specialty drinks and small plates.
694 Wine & Spirits complements a menu of small plates with an array of microbrews, boutique wines, and small batch liquors. A mélange of jalapeños, manchego cheese, spices, and white truffle oil smother The Devil's bread ($11) and helps noshers speak in smoke signals, while an opener of butter and salt pairs smooth butters from three different regions with sea salts ($8). A selection of cheese ($7 per 1.3 oz.) and artisan cured meats from the Armandino Batali collection (selection of five salumi for $32) complement a long list of whites and reds by the glass or bottle. Thick frothy helpings of microbrews ($6–$22) from California, Belgium, and Italy lounge amidst sauvignon blancs from Bordeaux ($12) and methode champagnes ($13) from bubble machines. Guests may also purchase bottles from an extensive list of U.S. and international wines, such as the 2009 Melville Estate pinot noir ($87) or Monsoon Valley malaga blanc ($32) from Thailand.
Surrounded by exposed brick walls and artwork of old cartoons, green booths greet visitors while resident DJ LA*Jesus fills the air with expertly mixed beats. During Land of Oz–like weather, an outdoor patio invites diners to intoxicate themselves with alfresco sights and sounds.
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.