About a year ago, my best friend brought me to a new wine bar in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood called Splash. I do enjoy drinking wine very much, so when my friend described Splash as being a “self-serve” wine bar, I was quite intrigued. The moment I walked into Splash, I knew I was experiencing something very new, different and oh so sexy.
The idea at Splash is deliciously simple. You purchase a card and you use it to buy one ounce (or more) pours at the station. We got there during happy hour, so we purchased a $25 card for $20. I wandered around the machines with my card in hand, excitedly eying the wine descriptions and prices. Splash offer three wine stations with one ounce pours ranging from about $0.80-$7. I think I might have even seen an $11 pour; that must have been quite the bottle! Love the splash you got? Just put your card in twice and you get a two ounce pour.
White wine drinkers and those who appreciate sweeter wines can find a similar setup on the left-hand side of the bar, as well as an olive oil tasting setup. Yum!
I found Splash to be a wonderfully laid back way to experiment with new wines. You don’t have the pesky problem regular wine bars present, in which you wait for minutes at a time for a small pour, and then you have to wait again. Instead, you can go up, get your wine and go back to enjoy some delectable appetizers and fun conversation.
Alas, the one self-serve wine bar we had here in Atlanta closed recently. For whatever reasons, the idea has been a touch slow to catch on, though you can find self-serve wine bars in larger cities like LA, New York and Las Vegas. I suspect that, while the enomatic system is a fantastic idea, it can get a tad pricey, and in this economy, that’s not for the best. In any case, here’s a toast to this idea catching on!