Last night I grabbed a quick dinner at 2 Amys before heading over to a birthday party at Napoleon. While we were finishing up the server came and mentioned that a new wine bar had just opened across the street in the spot where Zebra Lounge used to be and it was worth taking a look. I have the feeling she may have been trying to diplomatically suggest that I leave and go elsewhere but I decided to take her advice and visit the new venue.

Cost – $$

Service – B
I visited while they were still getting their ducks in a row so the service seemed a bit excited but very professional. Our hostess was friendly and I even spent a few minutes chatting with the manager, Adam, who seemed on his game. The service at the bar was also quite solid.

Food – A-
They don’t serve main courses but they do have an extensive appetizer menu that includes cheeses, meants, flatbreads, and some of the most delicious chocolate in the city. The wine list (as one would expect from a wine bar) is also pretty impressive and I thoroughly enjoyed a glass of the hermann wiemer riesling. Enology structures the menu in a manner conducive to sampling an array of plates and wines.

Decor – A-
I liked Zebra Lounge but it sort of felt a bit euro-trashy – decorated like a cheesy bar on Mykonos. Enology on the other hand has a very contemporary and sophisticated design that should endear it to an older, more professional crowd.

Feel – A
I’m always excited when a venue with some class opens up within walking distance of my house. Enology has the potential to quickly become my neighborhood hang-out because of their high degree of professionalism and aesthetic appeal. The only question I have is whether or not they will be able to draw the right type of clientele from the Upper-Georgetown / Cathedral Heights area but the neighborhood has clearly been waiting for a place like this to pop-up.

Enology is located at 3238 Wisconsin Ave. They can be reached at 202.362.0362.

What’s the Buzz:

June 22, 2008 – Enology Wine Bar (The President Wears Prada) – Does anyone not love wine? Quite possible, but I haven’t met the person, actually I knew one girl in college who didn’t like wine, but she also didn’t like shopping so we won’t count her as a human. It’s really surprising to me that until recently DC didn’t have many wine bars, so I was very excited to try the newest one.  Full article…

3 Responses to “Enology”

  1. Jiyan October 20, 2008 at 1:00 am #

    I had a cousin come in Friday evening from New York so we were looking for somewhere in the neighborhood where we could grab a quick bite and a couple of drinks and Enology was absolutely perfect. We arrived at about 11 and shared a flatbread and a couple glasses of Riesling (unfortunately can’t remember the brand).


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