Tapas, like books, cars, and husbands, are designed to be shared with those closest to you. Indulge in the best of Spanish-style sharing with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of tapas and wine at Allora.
Hidden away in the Bulldog Hotel near Silver Star Mountain, Allora serves up shareable portions of small-plate provender, bolstered by a rotating selection of local and imported wines. Break bread with compatriots or knitting-circle bros over a saucer of spanish mussels—tender New Zealand green-lipped mussels bathed in a warm rosé sauce and accompanied by garlicked toast ($10.95)—or seasoned baby-back ribs glazed with lemon pepper ($9.95). The uncarnivored can savor a sampling of tomato bocconcini, a smattering of roma tomatoes set atop fresh mozzarella and sprinkled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar ($9.95). Order separately, or bundle three small plates ($25.95). Finish off the feasting festivities with a rich slice of homemade tiramisu, which, when translated, means tiramisu ($6.95).
Allora stocks a full cellar of wines produced in British Columbia and abroad, all fully capable of pairing well with any entree, no matter how often it talks about its blog. Wall sconces, exposed dark wood, and rustic furniture lend an Old World atmosphere to the cozy bistro, making it an ideal setting for assembling a ring-toting posse of social outcasts that could someday save the world or casual first dates.