One of the coziest happy hour retreats in town has upped its offerings. Wink Wine Bar, the separate space opened in 2004 adjacent to the fine dining restaurant that opened at 1014 Lamar Blvd. in summer 2001, has long been known as a great place to sip from a collection of quality wines while noshing on snacks and sliders usually set to a tasty soundtrack. The neighborhood haunt from chefs Mark Paul and Stewart Scruggs is now giving guests an excuse to stay a little longer.
The wine bar recently rolled out an extended bar menu that includes five full-sized burgers, including the famous Wink Burger with caramelized onions and brie ($14); a bacon blue burger ($15); a burger with foie gras, a Wink staple, added ($24); and another made with a mixture of duck and mushrooms ($18). If you wanna go old-school with some sliders, those are sold for $16 for a trio, with upcharges for foie and duck.
In addition to the burger menu, Wink still offers a variety of economically priced snacks, and plates like PEI mussels in in vermouth ($14), deconstructed escargot with mushrooms in a burnt brandy cream ($16) and, of course, the mac and cheese with black truffles ($16). All of the bar plates and burgers, along with a trio of bruschetta, such as hamchi confit ($12) and shaved prosciutto with white bean hummus ($12) are half off during happy hour, which runs Monday-Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
From the archives:A profile of Scruggs and Paul on the occasion of Wink’s 10th birthday