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Sip Cava (Not Champagne) at Bom Bella

Opened by a Pops for Champagne vet, this bar and restaurant focuses on cava, Spain?s easier-on-the-wallet version of sparkling wine.

Bom Bolla serves eight cavas by the glass--ranging from the crisp and classic Avinyo Brut ($8) to the deep pink Castell d?Age Rosat Brut ($9)--and 28 by the bottle. Spanish spirits round out the menu, from sherry and wine to vermouth, which you can order on tap by the glass ($6).

The place looks like a hip Barcelona spot--grab a seat at the U-shaped bar to get a better look inside the refrigerated glass cases filled with Spanish cheeses, cured meats and boquerones (white anchovies).

We feel sparklier already.

Bom Bolla, 1501 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-698-6601 or

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