Chicago >Bars & Clubs > Fion
426 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL | Directions 6061441.932914 -87.640654
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park, North Side
What this area needed – I live in the area and this area has been missing a nicer bar to grab some wine. While the wine list isn't expansive, it is good. The staff is great, very personable. They also have some good sized apps for anyone who wants to munch. I am so happy someone finally decided to open a wine bar in the area.
Great Place! – Their $15 wine flights are awesome and the staff is friendly. Despite being owned by the same owners of Duffys, it seems to be a more sophisticated place with a better crowd. I wouldn't compare them to DOC since each have their own distinct characteristics that can draw you in. The staff isn't snooty about their wine and I've had a good experience every time I've been.
Fion general manager discriminates against non whites – i went in with my girlfriend and a male friend this evening.
first of all, the general manager didn't know wines very well.
second of all, he came over to us and tried to convince to chug wine with him.
more importantly, after we refused to chug wine, he told me, "all you Asian girls all the same. you marry our friends and then you tell them not to hang out with their other friends." my friends--and one of the guys we met there--can back me up on this.
maybe this place is OK if you are white.
Bar 1 turns its attention to the wine bar category, favoring easy-going flights and a little sports action. – In Short
The dingy old Bel-Air lounge space has transformed into a casual wine bar by way of soft grays, a speckled granite slab, dark wood and a vastly improved bar. An Enomatic keeps bottles at the right temperature for instant flights--ones that are loosely organized or DIY. Wine aside, spirits are a focus here, too. Deft bartenders whip up drinks from an inventive list, or can go off-the-cuff if pressed. Ambient lounge music plays, except when the game is on; this is a Bar1 (Duffy's, McGee's) bar, after all.
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