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13.5 wine bar in Hampden

drunk_again | | Jul 16, 2009 12:19 PM

Went to the new wine bar in Hampden the other night.
It's been less than a week since it opened (I believe it opened last Friday night), but there was a lively crowd inside for a Tuesday night. Nice vibe and feel to the place, don't know if they're still working on the interior, but it's a modern, yet minimal feel to the design - not too comfy, yet not too cold either, if that makes any sense.
We wanted to stop in and grab a glass of wine and just relax for a little before we called it a night, so we saddled up to the bar and looked over our options. Service was very friendly and professional, but the prices might need to be adjusted, especially for the neighborhood of Hampden. First thing: Beer prices are way too high. Natty boh for $3, that's insane. Clipper City draft for $6.50, come on now. Bottle of Heineken for $4.50. Wow! Not very pretty, and doesn't inspire one to stay and down a couple.
Now, for wines by the glass: nothing really captured us for wine by the glass, especially for the price.
So, we settled for liquor. My wife got a boutique bourbon on the rocks from New York (Hudson whiskey, not sure of the name) that cost $16.50. Wow! This is Hampden, right? This isn't Dupont Circle, this isn't the Upper East side. Is my surprise unfounded, is this how much this bourbon cost everywhere?
Anyway, like I said, not to conducive for staying and drinking.
Checked out the menu, but didn't order any food, so I can't comment. Seemed like mostly just lite fare: cheese plates, salads, and such.
Might give them some time to settle in and adjust until I go back. They've only been open for a week, so maybe they're still getting their act together.
Does anyone else have any feedback yet?

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