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Housed in the oldest building in Houston, La Carafe caters to an eclectic mix of artistic and professional types. Musicians claim the jukebox has the best selection in all of Houston, and you will often see people dancing on the narrow floor beside it. This romantic spot is often the end to the perfect date. It is strictly a wine and beer bar, so you'll have to go elsewhere if you want other types of alcohol.
Located in the Midtown, Khon's is the perfect after-work hangout. They serve beer, wine, and coffee in a laid-back atmosphere. It's a great spot to go for a quiet night with a few friends. They have plenty of surprising drinks in stock from all over the world. Take a load off and play darts while shooting the breeze with the friendly bartenders, or sit and enjoy an eye-opening coffee while finishing up some work.
Chef and owner Marco Wiles received his training from his Italian mother, as well as from cooking in other Houston Italian restaurants. The originality of his dishes makes this a great dining experience for any Italian food lover. The decor is bright and comfortable with tones of yellow in the walls and wood floors. The pastas are made in-house from imported ingredients. Specialties include octopus salad, venison fettuccine and lamb chops. An all-Italian wine list is offered to add flavor to any entree. The Zuppa Inglese, a brandy-soaked cake, is a must for dessert.
Max's Wine Dive is quickly becoming a favorite stop for first dates, group hang outs, and all-around night owls. With such a plethora of drinking options to choose from, diners are sure to find a drink to fully complement the wide ranging menu. The atmosphere draws as diverse a crowd as the selection of food, from the trend-setters savoring their Yama Kobe Beef Burgers to the casual Joe devouring his delicious brownie.
Residing in a nondescript beige building along Richmond Avenue, Sonoma Retail Wine Bar and Restaurant is a hidden treasure that manages to invoke the relaxed atmosphere and unmatched wine selection of Sonoma, California. Featuring over 150 varieties of wine from all over the globe, Sonoma is something of a mecca to wine aficionados in the area who stay to unwind in the sunny patio or meet friends for the delectable charcuterie platters and cheese spreads. With several staff members on site to aid you in your selection and a host of food and beer options in addition, Sonoma Retail Wine Bar and Restaurant is a culinary highlight that ought not to be missed.
Nestled in an unassuming strip mall on Houston's busy Richmond Avenue, Oporto Food and Wine Bar's modest surroundings belie an incredible culinary experience. Since 2006 owner and chef Richard Di Virgilio has introduced patrons to his childhood Portuguese cuisine through innovative tapas dishes at night and more substantial offerings at lunch time. Not all the food is purely Portuguese, however, as the menu draws from nearby Spain and Italy to round out the fresh concepts and combinations present in Oporto's tapas menu. Live flamenco is a regular Thursday night event, something to be enjoyed while sampling any number of Oporto's gigantic wine selection.