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Joie de Vine

View Map1744 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 989-6846
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Editorial Review of Joie de Vine

When Sandy and Lori opened Joie De Vine, they had something simple in mind. The ladies wanted a classy but unpretentious wine bar where locals could come and unwind at the end of the day. Long lines and loud crowds are not on the agenda here, just one reason why Joie De Vine doesn't advertise.

"It's all word of mouth," says Sandy, whose picture graces the back wall of the bar. Alongside her portrait are black-and-white photos of other professional women in the neighborhood. "Next year we'll have the men's photos," she laughs. "I'm tired of looking at myself up there." Across from the artwork, bottles of wine hang on pipe-like fixtures next to glass shelves of whiskey, vodka, gin and cordials just waiting to be shaken or stirred into the perfect joitini. Try the masterfully mixed pomegranate martini or create your own wine flight. Joie De Vine also has an assortment of organic wines and liquor. Organic pinot noir is a house favorite, and the dirty martini with organic vodka isn't bad either (don't forget the olives, freshly stuffed with blue cheese).

A flat-screen by the door is devoted to the Wii, and there's usually a competitive game of bowling underway. On Sundays you can catch "The L Word," and maybe a phone number or two. And if there's no room inside, an outdoor patio makes for the perfect champagne-sipping spot.

Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden

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4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday-Friday; 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday

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