By John ~ August 7th, 2009.
Most Wednesday nights for the past two months have been “date night” for LaGayle and me at a local wine bar. We picked a different one each Wednesday and evaluated them in five different categories: first impression, service, wine, food, and value. It was fun; we met some friendly folks, found some good new wines, and plan to continue “date night” indefinitely. I hope some of you will join us in visiting your local wine bars.
Here’s a list of the seven wine bars we visited in order of our overall rating:
- The Local Vine
- Smash Wine Bar and Bistro
- Cellar 46 (Mercer Island)
- Purple (Seattle location)
- Swirl Wine Bar
- Poco Wine Room
- Grape Killers (advertised as a new wine bar, but turned out to be only a one-time event)
Our favorite, The Local Vine, is a place where you can hang out the way you would in a coffee shop while learning about or just enjoying wine. You can linger near a fireplace, or with your laptop using free Wi-Fi, while sipping wine and dining on small plates of food that pair with the wine. They have a good selection of wines by the glass, as well as wine flights, featuring Northwest and California wines along with other wines from around the world. The Local Vine is open seven days a week, with Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm and 10pm-close daily.
In each of the five categories, here’s our favorite wine bar(s):
The Local Vine and Purple
Smash, Cellar 46, and Swirl
The Local Vine (where we found Parejas Rosé) and Smash
Purple (it was the best, but all were surprisingly good)
The Local Vine (especially during happy hour) and Cellar 46. We thought Purple was way too expensive compared to the others.
Obviously, which one you might prefer will depend on what is most important to you. We’ll definitely be going back to The Local Vine, not only because we rated it the highest, but also because the other two Wine Peeps, Kori and Colby, along with their 2 ½ year old daughter could join us, because they have a kid-friendly seating area outside the bar-proper.
We’d love to hear about your favorite wine bars. If you live in Seattle, do our selections jive with yours?
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