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Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

Bars, Gastropubs Humboldt Park
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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.


Address: 954 N California Ave
Cross street: at Augusta Blvd
Transport: Bus: 52, 65, 66, 70.
Price: Average glass of wine: $9
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 5pm–2am; Sun 11am–4pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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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.