Joie de Vine started as a wine bar catering to a lesbian clientele but has expanded its focused to include craft beer and cocktails. The space itself remains cozy, though good design (and sidewalk tables in summer months) keeps things from feeling claustrophobic. Sit at the long wooden bar or opposing banquette and enjoy the real focal point of the room, a glass-brick wall lighted up in multiple colors. Try stopping by on a weeknight when the neighborhood regulars are
least likely to crowd the slender bar.
1744 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60640, USA
May 7, 2009
The owners of Joie de Vine are some of the most unprofessional I've ever encountered. Sandy practically has a rock of blow hanging out of her nose and her partner is just angry-looking. The drinks are overpriced and watery and the space is so tight you'll feel claustrophobic within an hour. And the wine is dull, with little selection for a "wine bar." All in all I would avoid this place. It's not worth trekking to its hole-in-the-wall location for
pretentious looks from its hideous owners and bad drinks.