A couple of weeks ago when the eve of fall upon us, I began to crave red wine again. My vino hiatus wrapped up just as the cool air rolled into town again in September. I hadn’t had a desire for full-bodied red wine since the winter, so I decided it was worth a trip to Spill the Wine.

I met my sister, Sarah, and a friend of hers, Nadjua, at Spill the Wine in Uptown on a Thursday after work. They both arrived around 4 or 4:30 pm and I pulled in around 5:20 pm. Luckily, Spill the Wine has a small parking lot out back so I didn’t have to waste limited Happy Hour time circling the crowded streets of Uptown.

The outside and inside seating both had plenty of space during their Thursday Happy Hour. When I arrived, the ladies had already found a cozy corner in the outside area. The patio was adorable with natural wood and full flower pots all around. It felt like we were sitting on a friend’s front porch — an intimate and peaceful setting, with occasional interruptions from the traffic of the parking lot.

Patio

Full patio

The Happy Hour special at Spill the Wine is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 pm, making it the perfect place to stop for a drink before dinner or on your way home from work. The deal includes select $15 bottles of wine, $5 glasses of house wine, $3 taps, and $5 small plates.

HH menu

I ordered a glass of the house cabernet ($5) and Naddie had the house chardonnay ($5). My sister’s not much of a wine drinker, so luckily there is a small list of $3 tap specials as well. She went with a Summit ($3).

Wine

Beer

Since Sarah and Naddie had already been there about 45 minutes without me, they had placed an order for a couple of small plates to share. I added an order and we all got a little taste of each.

Fish and chips

The Fish & Fries ($5) were a generous portion of fried alaskan cod, a scoop of rich tarter sauce, and some crispy french fries. It was a little greasy for me to each alone, but perfect for sharing.

Tostada

The Chicken Tinga Tostadas ($5) came on a plate with four pieces of sliced baguette, chicken tinga, and a full covering of cheese. The tostadas had a delicious flavor, but again, something I probably wouldn’t want to finish on my own since it was so greasy from all that cheese.

Truffle Cheese curds

Our last plate was the Truffle Cheese Curds ($5). They weren’t on the Happy Hour menu, but were still priced at just $5 as a “small bite” option. I usually eat cheese curds once a year at, you guessed it, the State Fair, but the truffle curds caught my attention. The crispy outside breading was a familiar taste, but the hint of truffle flavor mixed with the gooey cheese was something very unique.

Sarah and Libby

Overall, we had a great time at Spill the Wine. We talked leisurely on the patio with no pressure to leave. I even ordered a second glass of wine after happy hour, full price mind you ($10), because our experience was so pleasant.

We paid our tab with laid back and hospitable server, then made a quick stop inside to hit up the bathrooms before leaving. The actual restaurant is stunning — the walls are covered with wood and warm lights are glowing all around you. Seems like a perfect place for a date night. I’ll definitely be back, probably to enjoy the Monday Night 1/2 price bottle of wine!

Inside bar

Inside wines

 

Atmosphere
It’s gorgeous! Natural woods, warm lights, overflowing flower pots outside and beautiful art inside. Romantic without being stuffy.

Service
Our service was everything I could ask for. Attentive, helpful with suggestions, engaging, but not overbearing.

Presentation
The small plates were each served on plain or daintily decorated plates. Nothing special, in my opinion, but I imagine entrees might be a different story.

Taste

The flavors of each of our small plates were delicious, but all-in-all, a little too rich and greasy for a 5:00 snack.

Value for Dollars

I thought the Happy Hour specials were fairly priced since Spill the Wine is a little more upscale. Not the cheapest Happy Hour, but a great for an affordable early evening date or drink before dinner.

 

 

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901 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-339-3388
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