Monday, October 13, 2008

New wine bar has speakeasy feel

A wine bar just opened in Dilworth's Latta Pavilion, but if you don't live in one of the condos above it, you might not even know it's there. It's not visible from the street and there's no sign out yet, so when you do stumble across it, it's like stepping foot in a Prohibition-era speakeasy.

Yn (a play off the periodic table) opened Friday behind 131 Main and is owned by the same people as the restaurant.

It's a cozy, intimate space (capacity is 50 people) with copper gas lamps that provide a warm glow off the copper bar, wood-beamed ceilings and dark leather sofas.

The menu isn't intimidating -- wines (about 30 of them) are well-organized, reasonably priced and already grouped in threes if you want to try a flight. The bar also serves a handful of small plates from the 131 kitchen. My favorite: the shortrib with white cheddar grits. Melt in your mouth good.

The crowd on opening night Friday was mostly young professionals in the 25-35 age range who were passing through on their way to dinner.

It's a great place for a date or to share a bottle of wine with friends.