Wine was once such an expensive commodity that the rich conspicuously spilled it on their golden capes instead of wasting it invisibly in their stomachs. Afford enough wine to braggadociously spill it with today's Groupon: for $19, you get $50 worth of wine, beer, and tapas-style appetizers at Fifty Seven Degrees, a massively-stocked wine retailer with a brand-new wine bar located on Hancock Street.
Fifty Seven Degrees' stock is larger than a baleen smile, with hundreds of carefully selected wines, several different microbrews, and one double-secret Atmosphere vintage, containing 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% stellar residue. Take a seat at the newly installed circular bar and unfold a menu to reveal the wine bar offerings, which include a variety of tapas. Help your mouth heal the hunger of the past with The Nosh, a trio of aged cheddar cheese, crackers, and green olives ($12), or completely obliterate boring tastes with The Gnash, which takes The Nosh and bolts high-performance gherkins, hard salami, and a French baguette to its lightweight frame ($18).
The wine bar also avails its patrons of wines by the glass and imported beers, so slide a cool, frosty glass of red Corinto carmenere to your mouth ($9 for a glass) or enjoy a slender glass of Newcastle Brown Ale ($6). For oenophiles who love to browse, entertain friends, talk to inanimate objects, or any combination of the three, bottles may be purchased from the store and then consumed at the wonderfully round bar.
Drinking wine is like slipping a pair of rose-tinted glasses on your mind. The peaceful pour works quickly to enhance pleasantries (your dining companion, your meal, your hand-cobbled variegated corn ear loafers) while sentencing all your worries to a time-out in the corner. Get this Groupon and share the fermented grape juice magic with someone you love or someone you want to love you.
Numerous television, print, and online press and publications featured Fifty Seven Degrees, including the San Diego Union-Tribune and San Diego magazine. Six Citysearchers give it an average of 4.5 stars and Yelpers give it three stars.
- The place's raison d'tre, though, is wine storage; 57 Degrees refers to the ideal temperature for storing red wine. The guys behind the bar are proud to show off their 10,000-bottle locker area, where individuals can rent space to store their fine wines. And when "tenants" come in to enjoy some of their swag, there's no corkage fee. – Maria C. Hunt, the San Diego Union-Tribune
- I stopped by 57 Degrees because my friends were talking about how the atmosphere is really layed back but the winos there know their stuff. They certainly did! Above just wine, I enjoyed watching music videos on the big screen, getting a tour of the wine storage facility and had a nice Cuban on the patio. – budgetjeff, Citysearch