D.O.C. Wine Bar

Lounge / Wine Bar
D.O.C. Wine Bar D.O.C. Wine Bar in Chicago's Lincoln Park is a cozy chic lounge with great wine & a mellow vibe. Pop a cork and let it breathe in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.929782 -87.643128
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Party Earth Review An offshoot of the adjoining Dunlay’s on Clark restaurant, D.O.C. Wine Bar is an oasis of civilized consumption in a neighborhood better known for its party-hardy post-college crowd. The lounge is almost cocoon-like... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express Lines: Diversey

  • Phone:

    773-883-5101

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  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–1am, F–Sa 5pm–3am, Su 5pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth D.O.C. Wine Bar Review

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D.O.C. Wine Bar in Chicago's Lincoln Park is a cozy chic lounge with great wine & a mellow vibe. Pop a cork and let it breathe in Chicago with Party Earth.

An offshoot of the adjoining Dunlay’s on Clark restaurant, D.O.C. Wine Bar is an oasis of civilized consumption in a neighborhood better known for its party-hardy post-college crowd.

The lounge is almost cocoon-like, featuring a few porthole windows looking out onto noisy Clark Street and a starkly decorated industrial room with high barreled ceilings and thick exposed trusses.

Backed by a corrugated metal awning, the small bar plays host to wine snobs trying to impress their dates with knowledge of all things vino, while preppy-pretty Lincoln Park girls gather at the tables by the bar or sink into thickly upholstered sofas and chairs.

The most treasured spot, however, is near the back, where a few armchairs and couches attract couples and post-work crews, warming their hands by the modern fireplace and warming their bellies with Malbecs and cabernets.

The extensive wine list is blissfully uncomplicated, especially when it comes to the hearty selection of flights, and features thorough descriptions and playful titles like Euro Trash Whites and Que Syrah Syrah.

Cheese and charcuterie get passed around to accompany the wines, of course, while the close seating encourages mingling and creates a cozy singles scene even on busy weekends.

D.O.C. Wine Bar may have a more grown-up vibe than many other places in the neighborhood, but the rowdier Lincoln Park scene outside manages to co-exist with a vibe that’s both polished and unpretentious.

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Tip from Adriana:

Hidden behind a curtain, D.O.C. has a beautiful back room that oozes intimacy in its sultry satin hues. You can host your own dinner for up to thirty guests – and the bar has several food/beverage packages available for just such an occasion.

  • Crowd

    Yuppie couples and potential couples on dates, girls out for a birthday celebration or girls’ night out, wine lovers, chill groups of friends, and anyone looking for a mellow evening in Lincoln Park, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient lounge mixes conducive to conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Small menu of entrées including pizza, turkey burgers, and mini filet sandwiches, as well as cheese flights, charcuterie, and flatbreads. Patrons can also order larger meals from Dunlay’s. Private room in back.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$9, cheese flights $12, entrées $9–$14. Beer $4–$11, wine $8–$13+/glass or $30–$200+/bottle, wine flights $15–$17, spirits and cordials $6–$22, cocktails $5.50–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual to trendy: sweaters, collared shirts, nice jeans, subtle dresses, cute tops.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a full house of relaxed patrons sipping and chatting and flirting, or Sundays for a few wine flights at a substantial discount. D.O.C. is often busiest during winter and inclement weather.

  • Close By

    Sister restaurant Dunlay’s on Clark (2600 North Clark Street) serves comfort food in a refined but cozy setting.

D.O.C. Wine Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Wine & Cheese that's hard to pass up
Dana G. Dec 9, 2012
Whenever I can't decide what I am in the mood for I always end up at D.O.C Wine Bar.It's perfect for just grabbing a small bite to share or an appetizer to split. I am a huge wine connoisseur and the wine flights here are an awesome way to be able to try a couple different nicer wines for a cheaper price. The meat and cheese plate is also a fun way to try new things because you get to pick out of a couple different meats, cheeses, and spreads. A great place to go on a date or even with a group of friends. They also have a good beer selection if you're with someone who doesn't drink wine. Definitely something to try if you are into wine!
The perfect winter spot
Brinda G. Dec 4, 2012
I realized that I've rarely been in this bar in warm weather or daylight. Without much natural light or outdoor seating, it's so clearly superior in the winter, when sipping red wine by the fireplace sounds like the best thing in the world. The D.O.C. is small, and it has a dark, sexy atmosphere without trying too hard. Dunlay's next door supplies the food, so it's very good, and the wine selection is fantastic. Though the list is huge, it's not overwhelming. If you can't figure out what you might like, based on descriptions, the staff is great with recommendations. Flights give you a great chance to sample a bunch of flavors and learn more about wine. Even if, like me, you don't know much about wine beyond, "Wine good. Me want," D.O.C. is a friendly place to get adventurous.
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