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
2602 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple Express Lines: Diversey
M–Th 5pm–1am, F–Sa 5pm–3am, Su 5pm–midnight
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
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.
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.
Ambient lounge mixes conducive to conversation.
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.
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.
Business casual to trendy: sweaters, collared shirts, nice jeans, subtle dresses, cute tops.
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.
Sister restaurant Dunlay’s on Clark (2600 North Clark Street) serves comfort food in a refined but cozy setting.