Last weekend, I spent New Year’s in Dallas. I always make it a priority to do something wine-related whenever I travel. Prior to my trip, I researched different wine bars in the area and came across Cork Wine Bar. Its computerized touchscreen menus are what originally caught my attention. These days, majority of the wine bars out there are very cookie cutter and don’t really offer anything (outside of their wine selection) that is different from their competitors. I really hadn’t seen anything like Cork before and wanted to experience something out-of-the-box. Here’s the rundown about this unique Dallas wine bar.
- Concept: So, Cork is part bar, part retail store. Patrons can drop by to hang out and order a glass of wine or simply come in and pick up a bottle (or two) to take home. Cork’s wine portfolio is amazing. They offer a diverse selection of old and new world wines. You can enjoy a glass of wine from one of 48 different wine options, which vary monthly OR visit their retail store, which features 350 wines…AND this is all located in one place. One of the coolest offerings at Cork are its wine stations. There are six stations that feature eight different wines. For example, there’s the “Big, Bold” and then “Sweet, Crisp” stations. There’s wine available for every single palate! Once you select your wine, it’s served from one of those fancy Enomatic Wine Dispensing Machines. Everything about Cork is hip and modern!
- Location: The bar is located in the Uptown area of Dallas. It’s a very trendy neighborhood with lots of retail stores and restaurants.
- Ambiance: The ambiance at Cork is so chill. You really get this intimate feeling when you’re inside. It wasn’t too loud and it wasn’t too quiet. The mood in the room was just right, whether you’re coming on a date or just hanging out with friends. I went on a Friday evening and the place was pretty busy. You can grab a seat at one of their high or low tables. There’s also a nice, couch for lounging. In the back, you’ll find another more secluded seating area to enjoy your wine. That space can be used to host private events as well.
- Service: We had the best service! The staff at Cork was so helpful and accommodating. They were extremely knowledgeable about their wine portfolio (which is important to me) and overall just down right friendly.
- Price: Cork Wine Bar is not cheap! But, I can appreciate the fact that they offer different pour options at different price levels. A six ounce pour (which is a full glass) can range anywhere from $8-15. While a sample taste, which is a one ounce pour, can range from $1.50-$7.25, depending on the type of wine. This gives you the opportunity to try multiple wines at a lower price, which is cool. I was able to sample several wines before I decided on my full glass. Oh, and they also offer flights of three wines, which range in price $14-28.
- Food: Cork has a food menu that features items such as hummus, charcuterie trays, and even desserts to nibble on while you enjoy your wine. However, I was very surprised to find out that Cork allows its guests to order food from the neighboring restaurants. They have tons of menus on hand for you to choose from. You can place your order over the phone and the restaurant will call you when it’s ready for pick up and some even deliver! We ended up ordering Grimaldi’s, which was SO good with our wine!!
- YGOM Favorites: I had two favorite wines, which I need to see if I can order online soon. The Domaine Guillaman (left) is a white blend that tastes like a Sauvignon Blanc, but is more fruit forward. And then I really liked the Mt. Beautiful (right), which is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but not as grassy in flavor as a traditional Marlborough Sauv Blanc. Instead you get more tropical fruit flavors that are very refreshing.
Cork Wine Bar is a real Dallas treat! It was the perfect wine experience. I wish we had a wine bar like that here in Houston. If you live in Dallas or plan to visit soon, definitely stop by!