Friday, July 11, 2014

Wine Up on Wiliams

3037 N Williams Ave
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 PM, daily

Wine Up on Williams offers all sorts of discounted specials and events. (And they seem to be constantly changing, so it's good to check their website before you head out.) The current lineup includes daily happy hour, Whiskey Wednesdays, discounts for the ladies on Thursday HERS-days, free wine tasting on Fridays, plus live music on both Friday and Saturday night (with no cover charge). And if you are quick enough, they're running a Living Social coupon that will save you even more cash.

If you don't mind the mystery, a glass of the house red (or white) is just five dollars during happy hour. (If you want something a little bit classier, those wines that are priced above $10 per glass come with a two-dollar discount during happy hour.) Draft beer is also discounted at just $5 per glass. They have six rotating beers on tap (plus a few others available by the bottle at an even better price). And if you've managed to walk into the wine bar with someone who just won't have it, they have a list of classic cocktails that--although they aren't included in the discount--aren't all that pricey considering the quality of the ingredients.

We sampled almost all of their snacks, including the house hazelnuts ($3), mixed olives ($3), and the truffled popcorn ($3), plus one of each of the bruschetta offerings ($1.50 each). It's a perfect spread if you are craving something salty. They do offer some sweet treats, if that's what you're in the mood for. Their bread pudding is said to be one of the best around.

Service was a little slow the day we were in, but it was obvious that there was some sort of special tasting going on behind the scenes. Next time, though, I might pick a bottle from the shelf so that I don't have to wait to order a second glass. (There's a corkage fee if you do, but the prices are still well below what you'd find in a typical restaurant.) And then I might get a second bottle (or even a third) to take home. They've got plenty to offer, that's for sure.

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