I’m sick of paying double what I would at Binny’s for a bottle of wine at a restaurant, or dropping more than $10 on just a glass. Do you know any places with low markups?
Oh, honey. If you hate paying for wine so much, why don’t you just quit drinking it? You’d be amazed how cheap eating out is when you don’t incorporate alcohol. Trust me, I’ve done it at least three times. If that’s not an option for you, seek help. Then, seek restaurants that sell vino on tap. Wine sold in kegs uses no bottle, no label and no corks—thus it’s cheaper for the restaurant to procure, and cheaper for you to drink. And this is one instance where cheap wine doesn’t suffer in quality. In fact, because wine on tap is sealed in its keg, it has a higher chance of tasting fresher than its bottled (and quickly oxidized) counterparts. Find wine on tap at Lula (2537 N Kedzie Blvd, 773-489-9554), Vera (1023 W Lake St, 312-243-9770), Paris Club (59 W Hubbard St, 312-595-0800) and Farmhouse (228 W Chicago Ave, 312-280-4960), where the glasses will cost you closer to $7. If none of those places appeal, there’s another option for cheap, fresh wine: BYOB.
Half-price wine nights that don’t half-ass it
Café Selmarie Score half-price bottles of wine with dinner every Wednesday night. 4729 N Lincoln Ave (773-989-5595).
Duchamp If you can resist the cocktails, you get 50 percent off select bottles of wine on Sundays. 2118 N Damen Ave (773-235-6434).
Feast Two locations and two cheapie wine nights? Okay, we’ll sip half-price vino on Mondays and Tuesdays. If we must. 1616 N Damen Ave (773-772-7100); 25 E Delaware St (312-337-4001).
Chalkboard This cozy spot uncorks half-price bottles on Thursdays. 4343 N Lincoln Ave (773-477-7144).
Le Bouchon Say oui to a cabernet with that beef bourguignonne on Mondays, when bottles of any varietal are half off. 1958 N Damen Ave (773-862-6600).