Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of wine and tapas at Vino Wine Bar (Wine Premiere). The wine bar is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Boasting the largest wine selection in Wisconsin, Vino Wine Bar also features tapas, deserts, beer, and martinis. Small plates, such as the wild mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta ($8), which nestles Roma tomatoes with fresh goat cheese, mushrooms, and fresh basil drizzled in a balsamic reduction atop toast, each has recommended pairings to guide you reassuringly into a sea of 1200 available wines ($6 for a glass of 14 Hands Merlot). Finish off the night with banana quesadilla ($5), combining cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and bananas between golden brown toasted tortillas, paired with a dessert drink, such as a glass of Deco Chocolate Infused Port from California ($8).
Vino Wine Bar's inviting interior features ample seating at the bar and tables so guests can comfortably enjoy drinks and regular live music performances. Walls are adorned with ornate wine holders and overhead paper box lanterns, which add a warming glow. Over the bar, emptied wine bottles outfitted with bulbs serve as recycled lights, and remind the still full bottles that they might not end up shattered, lying on the pavement in a pool of its own hope.