This smart wine bar is proof that you don't need more than a minimal kitchen (limited to what will fit behind the bar's counter) to thrill foodies. Simple snacks, such as a flight of various butters accompanied by artisan bread and slices of salami from Armandino Batali (Mario's pop) complement the real draw: hand-picked wines from around the world. The two-story, cork-lined space really comes into its own later in the evening. For a more low-key experience, come on a
weeknight as a precursor to dinner at a nearby West Loop restaurant.