Transport yourself to the streets of Paris at Soif, a speakeasy-inspired 24-seat wine bar housed in the basement space below Testaccio in Logan Square. Named after the French word for “thirsty,” Soif (pronounced “swaf”) centers around a rotating wine list of 50 to 60 bottles, with an emphasis on small batch and limited production wines—like grower Champagne, which is produced in small volumes by the same person who grew the grapes—as well as natural and orange wines. The bar’s lean cocktail list highlights French spirits in traditional drinks, like a highball made with creme de cassis and Maurin dry vermouth, while the beers are mostly French or Belgian (with a Dovetail brew thrown in for good measure). Hungry? Testaccio executive chef Jacob Solomon (Dusek’s Board & Beer, Lettuce Entertain You, Second City) has crafted an accompanying food menu filled with wine-friendly bites, including caviar served with creme fraiche and potato chips and a daily assortment of macarons.
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