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Cork Wine Bar
1720 14th St., NW (U Street/Shaw)
(1) 202-265-2675 | www.corkdc.com
AMBIANCEHip Wine Bar
HOURSTue.-Wed.: 5:00pm-12:00am; Thurs.-Sat.: 5:00pm-1:00am; Sun.: 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-12:00am (kitchen opens 5:30pm)
RESERVATIONSOnly accepted for pre-theater dining (5:30pm-6:30pm). Call 30 minutes in advance to place name on a waitlist at other times.
PRICE (GLASS OF WINE)USD 8-15
SIGNATURE DRINKWines by the glass
BARYes - with tall black seating
FOOD SERVED?Yes - local small plates
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No - but areas of the restaurant can be rented out privately
Cork’s exposed brick walls, dark wood furnishings, and industrial-chic light fixtures combine to create the intimate, chic wine bar we all wish would open in our neighborhood. With 160 varieties of wine, this is an oenophile’s paradise, though if you're a wine newbie, don't worry − the super knowledgeable staff will guide you in the right direction. The tasty small plates like rosemary chicken liver bruschetta and red wine-braised rabbit impress foodies too. Bring someone special to fully enjoy the romantic, candlelit atmosphere.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
A romantic little number like a flirty sundress and strappy sandals
GO HERE WITH
Friends; a date
Trendy 30-somethings and starry-eyed couples
WHY WE LIKE IT
The cozy, neighborhood-joint vibe. Sometimes it’s hard to find a nightlife spot that isn’t a dive or a glossy martini bar, but Cork has all the right elements for a let’s-come-here-every-Friday-night kind of place.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The reservation policy. It would be nice if we could reserve seats outside of the pre-theater seating, especially when we come on date night. (Although we do appreciate the waitlist policy of allowing patrons to call 30 minutes in advance of arrival to put names in.)
GOOD TO KNOW
Cork hosts a series of wine tastings and pairing classes, many of which support local charities. Be sure to check their website for upcoming special events and fundraisers before stopping in. Their sister store (Cork Market & Tasting Room) is just down the street and often holds tastings and classes. There is a USD 25 minimum per person for parties over eight people.
Cork Market & Tasting Room (Washington, DC)
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