photo: Courtesy of Nick Flandro
It takes a brave palate to order wine from the corner bar. At best, the barkeep might awkwardly stammer, "Red or White?" before pouring a low-rate merlot into a rocks glass ("Sorry, no stemware."). At worst, you'll get a fruit fly-infested pour from a bottle that's been behind the bar for weeks, complete with hefty notes of ethyl acetate wafting up to remind you to book a manicure soon. My libation of choice has always been a good glass of vino, but I'll take a comfy neighborhood tavern over a swanky, over-priced downtown lounge any dayŚleaving me forever sipping on brewskis. Thank goodness for Four Farthings Tavern & Grill, a Lincoln Park haunt that has been busy dissolving the disparity between drinking classes, one bottle at a time.
Tufted leather booths, stained glass windows and weathered wooden paneling make Four Farthings a cozy spot for happy hour, when the appetizers are half-price. An extensive wine menu features over eighty premium selections from Burgundy to Monterey, hits all price points and even offers service by the glass. Four Farthings goes on to supplement its high quality bar menu with a knock-out dinner menu that includes lamb chops, filet mignon and Louisiana crab cakes. Loyal regulars love the free wi-fi, not to mention the ever-raucous Thursday Karaoke sessions, regular wine tastings and free party room. Offering a little something for everyone, Four Farthings also happens to have one of the best outside dining spaces in the 'hood.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: K. Tighe