The novella-length menu at this cozy, low-key Humboldt Park alcove contains loving and helpful descriptions of an impressive selection of wines and beers. But if you still have no idea where to start, ask—everyone behind the bar is willing to let you taste through options until you find a wine you’ll love. The list includes lots of gems, most for less than $10 a glass, and the majority of bottles are under $100. To fuel all the wine-drinking, the food menu includes an array of small plates served until 1am. The food leans gastropub, and the menu changes daily, but you’ll always be able to order an excellent cheese and charcuterie plate, with a silky, housemade chicken liver pate and a rotating selection of interesting cheeses. This is the kind of warm, simple neighborhood place you’ll never want—or need—to leave.
|Venue name:||Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar||Contact:|
954 N California Ave
|Cross street:||at Augusta Blvd|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 5pm–2am; Sun 11am–4pm|
|Transport:||Bus: 52, 65, 66, 70.|
|Price:||Average glass of wine: $9|
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Rootstock has been doing Humboldt Park for years, and have really hit their stride in the last year. Competition begets progress, I suppose. The wine list has always been prolific and well maintained, and the food has become excellent. It's always fresh and surprising, and the patio is perfect for these warm summer evenings. If you haven't been for a while, go back and be surprised at their evolution.
The intersection of California and Augusta is booming lately, and Rootstock might be the best thing there. They have a charcuterie board that will blow your hair back, and great wine pairings to boot. You won't be disappointed upon leaving.