Specializing in bottles from small-production boutique wineries, The Olde Wine Cellar quenches sip-seeking palates with a large selection of whites, reds, rosés, and more. Wine tastings, held 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, change themes every week to give sippers a big gulp of fermented knowledge. Learn about refreshing wines to drink during hot summer months with the summer reds tasting, or attend a blind tasting session, in which visual deprivation removes prejudices against the wine's color, origin, or sudden appearance on your shirt. Each tasting furnishes imbibers with six samples complemented by plates of cheese and crackers to cleanse the palate between swigs.
Typically, when wine lovers try to find a new wine bar, they look for a cozy hole-in-the wall filled with gauzy curtains and illuminated by candles. When they're looking for the Battery Park Wine Bar, though, they just have to glance up at the towering smokestack studded with enormous red letters. Owner Mike Graley wanted to create a wine bar that would appeal to a beer drinker, according to an article in Cleveland Magazine, that also complemented the venue's "hip vibe and smart wine list of familiar favorites." Bartenders and servers regale guests with descriptions of their more than 100 wines available by the bottle and rotating selection of more than 25 wines by the glass. The kitchen crafts small plates designed to complement the fermented flavors with braised octopus and spinach salads, flatbreads spread with pumpkin-seed pesto, and thoughtfully composed charcuterie boards.
The rehabilitated space creates a modern industrial aesthetic by merging the old and the new. Exposed brick, high ceilings, and a massive garage door allude to the building's past, and geometric light fixtures hang between the gleaming ductwork above high-top tables. Guests can enjoy a drink at the polished wooden bar, stop in to pick up an impressive bottle before a house party, or reenact lessons from Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land at the pool table.
Nestled in the heart of Cleveland's historic Little Italy district, Little Italy Wines transports oenophiles to a fermented-grape wonderland surrounded by shelves overflowing with bottles hailing from all corners of the globe. Taking place most Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m., the tastings give sippers the opportunity to enrapture taste buds with a spread of pressed-grape goodness that is selected and described by the shop's cultivated wine experts. An included cheese-and-cracker plate provides toothsome accompaniment to sampled wines, delicately pairing piquant morsels with pleasant pours. After the tasting, customers choose between a bottle of red or white wine to take home for domestic delectation or as a desperate placating gesture toward California Raisins threatening dance-ridden riots if they don’t get a share of their boozy brethren.
Burger Bar 419’s chefs beam with Toledo pride, boasting a menu built on meats from local butchers, produce from nearby farms, and praise from the Toledo Free Press. Rustic wooden tables and pumpkin-orange walls conjure a warm, comfortable atmosphere as hand-cut fries and homestyle mac 'n' cheese stuff bellies with recipes perfected at the owners’ family cookouts and Thanksgiving celebrations. In the kitchen, chefs fashion 15 specialty burgers from just-ground beef, topping the buffalo variety with bacon, blue cheese, hot sauce, and chips before loading it onto a round, tin plate. In addition to pouring Ohio-made draft beers, bartenders handcraft sodas and milkshakes that soothe throats after work presentations delivered entirely in falsetto.