To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of light comfort fare and wine at Ballou's Wine Bar, located adjacent to the historic Guilford Green. Focusing on the three most important food groups—chocolate, wine, and coffee—Ballou's Wine Bar also offers a menu of paninis, salads, savory and sweet fondue, and more. Pair the Nutella and banana panini ($9), served with dressed field greens and mixed olives, with a glass of Pink Truck, dappled with hints of strawberry and sweetness ($6). Ideal for sharing, the fruit-and-cheese plate comes crowned with apples, Turkish figs, Italian table cheese, and water crackers ($15), and hits it off with a glass of the locally made Taylor Brook Cranberry Riesling, blended with organic cranberries ($8). Listen to live music next to a cozy fireplace or, when nuclear winter at last subsides, nibble a salad on the quaint eatery's patio.
- Overall this place was the perfect setting to hang out with friends who were home for the holidays, enjoy some great food and wine, and catch up. – Noah S., Yelp
- They have a great selection of wines, and if you order a soft beverage they give it to you in a bottle. The bottle comes from a place in CT that makes coke and root beers. The prices were very reasonable as well, I don't think they were expensive at all. What a wonderful place to go on a friday night with the one you love! I was so impressed, I will return for sure! – juneflower7, TripAdvisor
Ballou’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ballou’s Restaurant & Wine Bar revolves around three prized delicacies: chocolate, wine, and coffee. From those staples, dozens of indulgent dishes ensue, including chocolate, Nutella, and peanut-butter-chocolate fondues and homemade truffles developed by Debbie, half of the husband-and-wife team that runs Ballou’s. Her chocolate fondue and homemade truffles are so deliciously decadent that they’ve earned the wine bar a spot on the Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll list for best desserts. But the wine bar also offers a diverse menu beyond desserts—patrons can indulge in hearty sandwiches, flat breads, and pastas dressed in sauces made from San Marzano tomatoes, all while sipping on wines from local and international vineyards.
51 Whitfield St.
Guilford, Connecticut 06437Get Directions