Websters Winebar

★★★★★
  • 1480 W Webster Ave

    Chicago, IL 60614

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  • 773-868-0608

About Websters Winebar

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  • Bars & Clubs
  • Bars & Pubs
  • Taverns
  • Wine Bars
  • Restaurants
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  • 21 & Over
  • Romantic Nightlife
  • Electronica

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Great atmosphere.

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★★★★★

Great atmosphere.

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Go to this damn bar. Period. Don't know anything about wine? I don't care. Go to this damn bar. Don't even like wine? Yes you do, you're just overcompensating for latent homosexuality and you're afraid that someone from your high school football team might see you, and make a pass at you, sissy-pants. That or you've never been given a good introduction to wine from someone who isn't a total pole socket. Any one of the awesome bar staff is more than happy to pour you a taste, or suggest a flight and really tell you something about flavor profiles. Get some fantastic duck and pork pate, or just a little brie with toasted garlic. This is a perfect first date spot, provided you don't talk about fly-fishing or internet fetish sites. No bar can help you then, pal.

5
★★★★★

Go to this damn bar. Period. Don't know anything about wine? I don't care. Go to this damn bar. Don't even like wine? Yes you do, you're just overcompensating for latent homosexuality and you're afraid that someone from your high school football team might see you, and make a pass at you, sissy-pants. That or you've never been given a good introduction to wine from someone who isn't a total pole socket. Any one of the awesome bar staff is more than happy to pour you a taste, or suggest a flight and really tell you something about flavor profiles. Get some fantastic duck and pork pate, or just a little brie with toasted garlic. This is a perfect first date spot, provided you don't talk about fly-fishing or internet fetish sites. No bar can help you then, pal.

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This is probably in my top 3 favorite bars in Chicago. Their priority is obviously their wine, and it shows. They have an unbelievable selection by the glass, and their menu complements it brilliantly. Though we always say we are going to try something new, inevitably we get the Brie wedge/roasted garlic and the pate, usually with some wine flight or another. The last time we were there, the extremely knowledgeable and friendly bartender introduced me to plum sherry, which went with their famous bread pudding fantastically. This place is a gem.

5
★★★★★

This is probably in my top 3 favorite bars in Chicago. Their priority is obviously their wine, and it shows. They have an unbelievable selection by the glass, and their menu complements it brilliantly. Though we always say we are going to try something new, inevitably we get the Brie wedge/roasted garlic and the pate, usually with some wine flight or another. The last time we were there, the extremely knowledgeable and friendly bartender introduced me to plum sherry, which went with their famous bread pudding fantastically. This place is a gem.

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Wow - I knew this was Chicago's oldest wine bar, but didn't know it was, by far, the city's best. I don't think any other wine bar in town has even HALF the number of wines Webster's does, and their prices are cheaper than anyone elses, too. Best of all, the servers are friendly and they know their stuff! Yes, the atmosphere is great, the food is delicious, and the service is top notch, but it's more than that - these guys really know their wines and are passionate while unpretentious. The owners even take their waitstaff to Europe every year to visit wineries and taste!! I mean really, who else in the entire country even does that???
There's no point in going into details on the wines - they have 40 by the glass that constantly change, they are consistently tasty, the prices are great, and you never see generic wines on the list (my big beef). They also have a great beer list (about 20 bottles) and a quality spirits list. The food is fantastic - not the largest menu, but everything is tight and goes perfectly with wine. For light bites, you can't beat their tapas selections (which include Italian and French traditional "bites" too), and their entrees are all classic regional dishes intended to pair with wines from the same region. And the food is inexpensive, too.
Bottom line: no other wine bar in this city really has taken it to the level Webster's has. If you haven't been to Webster's, you are missing the boat!

2
★★★★★

Wow - I knew this was Chicago's oldest wine bar, but didn't know it was, by far, the city's best. I don't think any other wine bar in town has even HALF the number of wines Webster's does, and their prices are cheaper than anyone elses, too. Best of all, the servers are friendly and they know their stuff! Yes, the atmosphere is great, the food is delicious, and the service is top notch, but it's more than that - these guys really know their wines and are passionate while unpretentious. The owners even take their waitstaff to Europe every year to visit wineries and taste!! I mean really, who else in the entire country even does that???
There's no point in going into details on the wines - they have 40 by the glass that constantly change, they are consistently tasty, the prices are great, and you never see generic wines on the list (my big beef). They also have a great beer list (about 20 bottles) and a quality spirits list. The food is fantastic - not the largest menu, but everything is tight and goes perfectly with wine. For light bites, you can't beat their tapas selections (which include Italian and French traditional "bites" too), and their entrees are all classic regional dishes intended to pair with wines from the same region. And the food is inexpensive, too.
Bottom line: no other wine bar in this city really has taken it to the level Webster's has. If you haven't been to Webster's, you are missing the boat!

Pros: Quality throughout in a chill setting

Cons: None

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Dark, romantic atmosphere. Try and snag a couch. A big wine list with great wine flights for sampling. The servers are really helpful and knowledgable about the menu.

2
★★★★★

Dark, romantic atmosphere. Try and snag a couch. A big wine list with great wine flights for sampling. The servers are really helpful and knowledgable about the menu.

Pros: Big wine selection, helpful staff

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I enjoyed the atmosphere--fairly quiet, small wooden tables and chairs with an assorment of art. However, I was very disappointed in the service and how my party was treated. We had a diverse crowd with serveral wine-savy people in the group. We ordered among other bottles, a white Bordeaux, which was fizzy and nearly room temperature. No taste of the bottle was presented to the selector and everyone agreed that perhaps the wine had been subjected to extreme heat at some point during shipping or storage. We kindly asked if we would arrange for a different bottle or to have that one discounted so we could purchase another bottle; our waiter denied all attempts in a very terse manner. I work in customer service and collect wine--I believe it should be a relaxed, enjoyable experience without any snobbiness or stress.
Needless to say, my night was not enjoyable, save my company, they were all very well behaved.
I have no want to return to this establishment with so many other wonderful options here in Chicago.

1
★★☆☆☆

I enjoyed the atmosphere--fairly quiet, small wooden tables and chairs with an assorment of art. However, I was very disappointed in the service and how my party was treated. We had a diverse crowd with serveral wine-savy people in the group. We ordered among other bottles, a white Bordeaux, which was fizzy and nearly room temperature. No taste of the bottle was presented to the selector and everyone agreed that perhaps the wine had been subjected to extreme heat at some point during shipping or storage. We kindly asked if we would arrange for a different bottle or to have that one discounted so we could purchase another bottle; our waiter denied all attempts in a very terse manner. I work in customer service and collect wine--I believe it should be a relaxed, enjoyable experience without any snobbiness or stress.
Needless to say, my night was not enjoyable, save my company, they were all very well behaved.
I have no want to return to this establishment with so many other wonderful options here in Chicago.

Pros: The space and decor

Cons: Terrible service and unpredictable wine quality (which is not allowed to be returned.)

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Quiet, candle-lit wine bar a nice spot for a date. Good selection of wines by the glass, priced comparably to other bars/restaurants in the area. Food selection is limited, pricey, and unimpressive, which has me bordering on giving this place a lower rating. However, they also offer wine tastings on weekday evenings in a separate part of the bar that are a great value and a good meeting place for singles looking for mingling opportunities. Taste portions are very generous and you can go back for more. They include food and feature various types of a particular kind of wines, or a region. You get an education about the type of wine you are tasting. Must reserve tastings in advance.

PROS: Nice date spot, and wine tastings good value
CONS: Mediocre, overpriced food

4
★★★★☆

Quiet, candle-lit wine bar a nice spot for a date. Good selection of wines by the glass, priced comparably to other bars/restaurants in the area. Food selection is limited, pricey, and unimpressive, which has me bordering on giving this place a lower rating. However, they also offer wine tastings on weekday evenings in a separate part of the bar that are a great value and a good meeting place for singles looking for mingling opportunities. Taste portions are very generous and you can go back for more. They include food and feature various types of a particular kind of wines, or a region. You get an education about the type of wine you are tasting. Must reserve tastings in advance.

PROS: Nice date spot, and wine tastings good value
CONS: Mediocre, overpriced food

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Took a few out of town guest here and had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was great for conversation. Things were going on around us, but never interferred with our space. Jessie, the server, is amazing. She is knowledgeable about wine and scotch and was right on top of things all night long. Our group continued to grow and she was right along with us. It never felt like she was "waiting" on us, but there to help us have a good time. Can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

Took a few out of town guest here and had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was great for conversation. Things were going on around us, but never interferred with our space. Jessie, the server, is amazing. She is knowledgeable about wine and scotch and was right on top of things all night long. Our group continued to grow and she was right along with us. It never felt like she was "waiting" on us, but there to help us have a good time. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: Wide selection, Good for groups

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It has the best wine selection in town and you can buy every thing right next door till close. They now have great food to go with an amazing cheese list. If you ever are not sure just ask the staff is great.

2
★★★★★

It has the best wine selection in town and you can buy every thing right next door till close. They now have great food to go with an amazing cheese list. If you ever are not sure just ask the staff is great.

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Great place to end the evening. Last two times I was there things really started heating up and ended up continuing to do so in the wee hours of the morning. I'll be back.

2
★★★★☆

Great place to end the evening. Last two times I was there things really started heating up and ended up continuing to do so in the wee hours of the morning. I'll be back.

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The staff and the incredible selection of wine are what make this place special. The staff is knowledgable, but not pushy. They take the time to learn what you like and make an educated recommendation. Dark, quiet, candlelit, perfect place to go to after a movie at Webster place with a date or a friend. Also great appetizers--try the pear and brie quesadilla.

2
★★★★★

The staff and the incredible selection of wine are what make this place special. The staff is knowledgable, but not pushy. They take the time to learn what you like and make an educated recommendation. Dark, quiet, candlelit, perfect place to go to after a movie at Webster place with a date or a friend. Also great appetizers--try the pear and brie quesadilla.

 

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