Sunday, January 8, 2012

33 Wine Bar

33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar is an intentionally obscure hole in the wall just a couple doors down from the more ostentatious Chocolate Bar in the historic Lafayette neighborhood.   It lacks any street side identifying marks because the owner intends to build his business solely by word-of-mouth reputation.  

Upon entry, you will be met by a minimalist setting and the smell of old, wet wood, reminiscent of an ancient wine cellar.  For a place designed to cater to wine lovers, that's a good place to start.

The wine list is very extensive - 20 pages - so unless you know infinitely more about wine than I do, you'll probably want a recommendation from the helpful sommelier.

Don't show up expecting to have a meal because 33 is all about the wine.  They do offer a meat and cheese tray that is exceptionally good, but that's all you'll find in the way of food.

Go with a group of 8-10 and explore some new wines!  You won't be sorry.

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