The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive night spots to conceal the fact that they still lived with their moms. Relocate for an evening at a classy locale with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of entrees, cheeses, salads, paninis, and more from Mercy Wine Bar in Addison. In accordance with Texas law, this deal cannot be used toward Mercy’s crystal-carafed grapen goodness.
Inspired by Mediterranean bistros with full-bodied wines and savory small plates, Mercy is all about chill vibes and good times. Forests of flickering candles, a faux-mosaic painted floor, custom wrought-ironwork tables, a re-created mural, and acres of curtains glow with warm and welcoming hues in the wide-open dining space. Preheat your appetite with a plate of assorted pâté accompanied by Dijon mustard and apricot preserves ($12), tuna tartare with avocado and soy-citrus sauce ($13), or six-year-aged cheddar with olives, apples, and grapes ($5). Butternut-squash risotto ($16) and sun-dried tomato tortellini ($16) burst with Mediterranean flavors that dance on the tongue and steam down the throat to fill even the hungriest belly. Pass illicit cash as well as fresh mozzarella, basil mayo, and cherry tomatoes between the pressed flatbread of the Capri flatbread ($8), and then sweeten the evening with mango-guava mousse cheesecake sprinkled with toasted almonds ($8). The menu also offers paninis and salads.
Mercy takes advantage of its convivial look by packing its calendar with special events, including appearances by illusionist Jared Brandon and flamenco guitarist David Gallegos. If you'd rather tune out while musicians tune their instruments and Mercy’s cooks fine-tune your dish’s flavors, there's also free WiFi.
Nightclub and Bar named Mercy a finalist for Wine Bar of the Year. The bar boasts a good review from the Dallas Observer and has been featured by the Dallas News and Dallas Business Journal. OpenTable diners and Yelpers give it four stars, and Citysearchers give it 4.5.
- Take a break from the furious consumerism all around at this comfortable, well-appointed wine bar... Mercy is a good place to start the evening or cap it. Slip up to the cozy cuddle corners on the second floor after wine has provoked ardor. – Mr. Dallas, Dallas News
- Full service menu for pairing and sharing, and of course good wines, available by flight, carafe, or bottle. Blackened Ahi Tuna was quite aggressively spiced, and Mac and White Truffle Gratin is heavy on truffle oil, skimpy on cheese. – Dallas Observer
- Beautiful modern/traditional/mediteranean [sic] decor. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable. He helped us pick out wines we would like and cheeses that went very well with them. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 5/10/10
Mercy Wine Bar
Adventure and comfort have gone hand in hand at Mercy Wine Bar for more than 10 years. With a wine list that spans 12 countries and includes 100 options by the glass, 50 by the bottle, and tasting flights for guests who can levitate, the staff invites patrons to either try a brand-new varietal or enjoy a favorite standby. Wine Spectator honored this selection with an Award of Excellence, and the list's versatility helped earn Mercy a spot on CBS DFW's list of the Best Wine Bars in Dallas.
The wine selection even spills over onto the food menu, which features pairing suggestions for each and every dish. In addition to assembling 15 different cheese plates with dried fruit, olives, and crackers, the chefs also forge a menu of European-influenced bistro cuisine that includes dishes such as wild mushroom risotto with tomato confit, panini sandwiches, and hand-carved cuts of filet mignon.
In keeping with the spirit of the wine and food menus, Mercy Wine Bar's ambiance aims for a balance between the cozy and the unexpected. Custom-designed wrought-iron bar stools and tables serve as functional furniture as well as artistic set pieces. A hand-painted mural fills one entire wall with the sight of Venus reclining in a clamshell—a faithful recreation of the original fresco in Pompeii. Even the restrooms embrace an artistic spirit, surrounding patrons with the original works of a local photographer. As a further sign of the staff's commitment to the local art scene, Mercy Wine Bar regularly hosts live performances by Dallas-area bands.