You can leave your passport at home and still taste what the world has to offer at Winebar, where bottles of red, white and bubbly wines come from vineyards across the globe. Winebar concentrates on pouring wine by the glass and serving up finger food to munch along with it, but this isn't a hot wing and mozzarella stick kind of place. The menu consists of gourmet grub like bruschetta (served in creative combinations like BLT, brie with apples and smoked salmon) and paninis and a deluxe cheese course that's not for the faint of stomach, loaded with three kinds of cheese and almonds, crispy bread, pecans, grapes, dried apricots, raisins and cranberries. Dishes cost between $8-$12.
Even globe-trotters will be impressed by the cool sophistication that radiates from every pore of this small space, from the handsome wait staff to the exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and private, half-circle booths. Even the water is dressed to impress, with a slim cucumber slice replacing the cliche lemon wedge for a flavorful garnish.
But let's face it, water and design are just side-notes at a place called Winebar. If you get antsy staying in one place, make your way next door to Winebar's sister space Minibar for cocktails and a live DJ (on select nights).
Centerstage Reviewer: Albrey Nuss