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Aug 4, 2008 05:55 AM

Are there any "wine bars" in the hub?

This may seem a really tacky or simplistic topic, but last summer I went up to Saratoga Springs with a friend, and we spent some time at "The Wine Bar" on Broadway.

The place had such a great vibe that I wished there was one in the Boston Area. I guess when you go to a nice restaurant in the South End, you can get a similar experience, unless it's a Friday or Saturday night. However, there was just a quiet simplicity to the experience, tasting wine and nibbling on apps. Sometimes you want to step away from the hubbub, as it were, into a quiet oasis of gastronomic delight. Any ideas?

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  1. There is Vinalia but that is downtown crossing, hardly off the beaten path. The selection of wines and appetizers is fantastic, however and it has a lively, young vibe.

    1. try Bin 26 Enoteca on Beacon Hill

      1. Some places I like for their wine selection, relaxed atmosphere, and food that seems well-suited to wine:

        Taberna de Haro (superb all-Spanish wine list), Troquet (tastes and small pours, conveniently matched to the very nice French food), Bin 26 (real emphasis on wines, food good but secondary), Coda (very interesting, affordable list for a casual neighborhood place), Neptune Oyster and B&G Oyster (both have great seafood-friendly wines by the glass), Toro, The Butcher Shop, Les Zygomates, Estragon, Il Capriccio (Waltham), Prezza, Silvertone (very nice prices, surprisingly good wines for a very casual bar), Franklin Cafe (substandard wines by the glass, but very good and nice-priced bottles with terrific food for a casual bar).

        1. also try Les Zygomates by South Station

          1. I haven't tried it yet, but there's a new place in Braintree where the 1209 (or whatever the number was) Cafe used to be. It's called Viola and their big thing seems to be their wine bar. I'd be interested if anyone has tried this place yet. I've seen lots of people going in and out, so word must be getting around because they haven't done any advertising. We keep meaning to try it, but I have no idea how expensive it is, etc.