Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, mocking the looks of recently sheared sheep and running away with farmers' sons. Drink to the fruits of cultivation with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of wine and upscale fare at Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant, located in Barrington.
Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant provides chic shelter to 25 wines by the glass and more than 70 by the bottle, along with full lunch and dinner menus brimming with sophisticated fare. Parched patrons can peruse the extensive list of wines by the bottle or order a single glass of white or red to toast mankind’s status as the only animal capable of making toasts. Seekers of unsippables can satisfy midday cravings with lunch-menu selections such as a plate of crab cakes ($12), a grilled-salmon BLT ($11), or a duck-confit salad packed with dried cherries and goat cheese ($12). The dinner menu allows evening eaters to silence grousing bellies with entrees such as an 8-ounce filet mignon ($26) and free-range chicken soaked in brie-mornay sauce and accompanied by mashed potatoes ($20).
Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant’s walls showcase original artwork by both established and emerging local artists, giving eyeballs something to do aside from staring unsettlingly at the wait staff or rolling mischievously at the comments of fellow diners. Exposed brick, hardwood flooring, and a neon-backlit bar further enhance the elegant aesthetic.
Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant
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.
205 Park Ave.
Barrington, Illinois 60010Get Directions