What You'll Get
Today’s deal makes it easy to wine down after a long week: $40 worth of sips and snacks at House Wine, a culinary casa Austin Chronicle readers voted both Best Bar Ambience and Double Best Bar Ambience for 2009.
Fans of reds and whites will see the glass half full with House Wine’s extensive wine list. Savor a glass of 2006 Paso a Paso Tempranillo, a Spanish vintage with scents of chocolate mineral, scorched earth, and blackberry ($8 glass; $26 bottle), or an intense Riff Italian pinot grigio ($7; $26). House Wine also carries beer from nearby breweries, as well as Belgian imports. Pair your pour with a complementary nibble: the well-edited menu includes cheese plates, smoked salmon, and olives ($4.95 to $24.95).
Vino is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, and House Wine’s cozy décor makes it the prime place to perch for a long glass or two. Burrow into the contemporary furniture, or belly up to the bar. Owner Kerry White celebrates local talent by tacking the work of area artists on the cocoa-hued walls. There are also happy hour specials and house specials every day.
- This was our first visit. The House Wine is a cozy and comfortable atmostphere [sic] with earthy, colored rooms in an older home. The furniture is modern and comfy. – glichael, Citysearch
- This was a really adorable treat when I went last week on a Thursday. The crowd was low-key and the night air was nice enough to sit under one of the big oak trees out front. – nlaire, Citysearch
- I am so happy I recently discovered this little nook of a wine bar. Nothing delights me more than be able to simultaneously plat [sic] scrabble, listen to good live music and drink wine! You can do all of the above here. – chelsa v., Yelp
The Glass is Half Full, Maybe
Whether you’re an optimist, a pessimist, or a realist, you’ll like what you find in your glass at House Wine. Here’s a handy guide of responses from optimists, pessimists, and realists when they were asked the important questions of the day:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 31, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, 1 per table. May purchase multiple as gifts. Not valid 12/24, 12/31 and 1/1. Tax & gratuity not included. No cash value. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About House Wine and Spy House Tasting Lounge
Tired of simply dressing up her rooms, designer Kerry White needed a way to engage clients on a deeper sensory level. Adopting the motto of “wine, art, and song”, she opened House Wine to match her eye for interiors with the refined tastes of vintages and the lilting sound of live, local music. Sporting both an earth-toned dining area and sun-dappled outdoor lounge replete with cushy, white couches, the wine bar leaves plenty of space for guests to explore an extensive wine list, sample cheese plates, and clasp handheld bites of pineapple-cinnamon empanadillas. Bards from across Austin fill the space with tuneful sounds, and local artists bring life to walls with their paintings of abstract landscapes.
Open on Friday and Saturday nights, House Wine's Spy House Tasting Lounge features unique tastings to explore the enigmatic wines of boutique vineyards from around the world, curated by sommelier Blake Ethridge. Guests can enjoy bottle service and cello music, and pair wine samples with artisan cheeses and tapas. More recently, House Wine has partnered with a catering company, BLISAustin.com to expand their culinary offerings. BLIS' culinary staff works with House Wine's sommeliers to create the best food and wine pairing experience possible.