Trinity Hall distinguishes itself as a traditional Irish pub, not a bar. They invite guests to hang out and read a book, eat shepherds’ pies, or chat with friends as they sip on one of 200+ beers. Soccer and rugby fans energize the crowd on game days, but once matches are over, the TVs turn right off.
It was April 2005 when planters began the painstaking task of rooting 7,000 vines in the rich, rocky soil of Cathedral Mountain Vineyard. Situated just 19 miles south of Alpine, Texas, the location was ideal––plentiful sun and chilly nights would sustain the Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre vines until the grapes were ready for harvesting. That day finally arrived in 2006, when cultivators descended upon the vineyard to reap the first fruits destined to become Times Ten Cellars' Spanish- and Rhone-style wines. These may seem like extraordinary lengths to go to for a decent pour, but one look at Time Ten’s wine list is all it takes to realize its founders’ fondness for Texan-born wines knows no bounds. At the tasting bar, guests can sample limited-release wines such as Cathedral Mountain Vinyard's Dessert Red or Vino de Piedra, alongside other domestic vinos from the Lone Star State, as well as those from California and––on occasion––even Italy. On select nights, jazz music drowns out the chorus of sipping rising up from the comfy cocoa arm chairs in the lounge, and Times Ten Cellar's also offers occasional classes for anyone looking for an excuse to expand their knowledge of wine or stick their nose in other people's glasses.
Their French grandmère instilled a love for food and drink in Brooks and Bradley Anderson at a young age, but the brothers’ culinary passions really blossomed when they studied in France. Their time in Paris spurred further travels throughout Europe, the U.S., and Central and Latin America. When the two finally settled in Dallas, they joined forces as attorneys, opening their own firm. But that’s not what earned them multiple accolades from Gayot, Travel+Leisure, and D magazine—it’s their post as owners of Veritas Wine Room.
The selection is extensive—350 constantly changing labels of wine with more than 20 available by the glass, 31 beers, and dozens of types of cheese and meat stock this self-proclaimed “VinoPub” with enough choices to stump even the most confident life coach. The majority of foods come from Texan purveyors—as do Wiseman House Chocolates—but some travel from as far as Holland, Italy, and France, where the brothers’ journey began.
This little French bistro is a Bishop Arts District favorite, inspiring crowds with a Saturday and Sunday brunch and giving off a quaint, slightly hidden vibe. Billing itself as a neighborhood bistro, Boulevardier’s menu is both French-inspired and Dallas-honed, with a tremendous selection of homemade goodies, fresh oysters and wonderful bouillabaisse. A wine list covers more than 120 bottles, while meatier menu mainstays include charcuterie plates, grilled grass-fed hamburgers and a crispy duck pappardelle. The space’s casual vibe translates well to the décor, full with natural lighting and fatigued walls, hanging gilded mirrors and a tall shelf of bottles that display the day’s drinkable offerings.
The Alcove’s name alone brings to mind a cozy nook where one can curl up with a book and perhaps a little something to drink, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at this Uptown wine bar/coffee shop. By day, it functions as a friendly espresso bar with comfy couches, free WiFi and fresh pastries; caffeine fiends will enjoy the extra kick of the Japanese-style cold brew. At night, settle in with a generously poured glass – or bottle – of one of the affordable, small-producer wines while you catch up with friends on the patio. Not much of a wine drinker? The Alcove also offers a whopping 75-plus different beer varieties, including plenty that are local and craft.
Back in 1998 when Stoney's Wine Lounge first opened, it was in the meager space of an old gas station, where they packed in their carefully curated selection of quality wines. And despite a strange location and the ultra-cozy nature of the space, word quickly spread. After two moves, they ended up in their current location, which is now a full-service lounge and storefront, where live jazz frequently fills the room, and the wine is always flowing. Alongside an impressive selection of wines, the kitchen serves up plates of cheese and charcuterie to complement sips and swirls.