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Inside Bom Bolla, Wicker Park’s Rocking Cava Bar

There’s plenty of cava, vermouth, and gin to go around.

Vermouth at Bom Bolla   Photo: Peter Ranvestel

For a place that presents itself as a rocking take on a cava bar, Bom Bolla (1501 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wicker Park, 773-698-6601) is surprisingly sedate. Bubbly beverages flow freely. The stools are occupied by chilled-out couples. The Joy Division tunes are played at a reasonable volume. In all, it’s an excellent way to acquaint yourself with a very Spanish style of revelry.

Spain’s version of sparkling wine isn’t the drink menu’s only draw. This is also a spot that celebrates vermouth, with quite a few kinds of the fortified wine on hand to drink straight from the bottle (or the tap). And they even get into the gin and tonic, a cocktail enjoying quite the renaissance across the ocean, with housemade sodas to mix with several different kinds of gin.

Here’s what all we saw when we stopped in. 

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