A person's choice of drink says a lot about them, though admittedly not as much as the fact that they're drinking it from a handmade amphora carved from the crystal skull of a hippogriff. Today's grapey Groupon lets you ooze sophistication and effortless worldliness from every pore without requiring immediate medical attention. For $20, you'll get $40 worth of pours and plates at Versai The Wine Bar, a Euro-like hot spot in Yorba Linda that specializes in rare sips, small plates, and nightly re-creations of Hannibal crossing the Alps using shadowpuppets. Versai The Wine Bar is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Stunning candlelit chandeliers, grape vines, and a wall-to-wall wooded bar lend Versai an old-fashioned, upscale chateau feel. The bar boasts an expansive selection of international white, red, sparkling, and dessert wines, along with a special list of rare bottles, including several bottles that are visible only in the infrared spectrum. Versai's tapas-style menu presents ample opportunity for sharing. Start with the sautéed coconut shrimp ($12), fresh ahi sashimi ($12), or artisanal cheese platter ($15) before bonding over lobster ravioli ($14) and beef satay with baby spinach and papaya ($14). Top the whole experience off with a dessert of indulgent triple chocolate (rich dark-chocolate mousse and chocolate ganache) and tiramisu.
A roster of live jazz and international music—performing several nights a week—adds to Versai's "crossroads of the world" atmosphere. Today's Groupon will score you a smart date option, help you unwind after a long, 23-day workweek, or just mimic the magical feel of a European adventure without a passport, pickpockets, or having to pretend you're Canadian.
MyFoxLA's Hotlist says Orange County's Versai The Wine Bar makes you "feel as though you’ve journeyed to Europe…with elegantly lit candle chandeliers and a wall-to-wall wooded cherry bar with a cheery custom vintage architectural design.” Two Citysearchers give it five stars, and eight Yelpers give it 3.5:
- This place has pizazz~ its incrediable [sic] wine list provides wines by the glass and wines by the bottle. Huge selection a few hundred bottles to chose from. – Wine LOVER, Citysearch
- Gorgeous Ambiance, live music, wine knowledgeable staff! We love this place. There isn't another wine bar around like it. – Marcie A., Yelp
- Excellent!!! Great food, great ambiance… – tkeuilian, CityVoter
18248 Imperial Highway
Yorba Linda, California 92886Get Directions