This week’s North Side comeback story: you validate the second coming of a stodgy office space that’s been transformed into an easygoing, exposed-brick wine bar called J9, now open in the heart of Lincoln Park.
Yes, yes, it’s true: this week’s is slightly more* (*less) exciting than last week’s. But we defy you to look inside and tell us you won’t utilize this space for drinks before or after a big dinner at one of those “big dinner” establishments on Halsted...
When you arrive, you’ll inevitably take the couch in back (for a date) or a few living-room-like easy chairs (for not-dates) to nibble on some charcuterie and cheese they have procured from Gepperth’s Meat Market for that express purpose.
As for drinks, you’ve got a solid range of more everyday French and Italian wines to more celebratory, reserve cabs from Napa Valley. So just go where the moment takes you. And if the moment says, “I don’t really want wine. I’d actually prefer a classic, well-executed martini or Old Fashioned...” well, you can go there, too.
You can even go there twice.