Oak Wine Bar
Roughly 30 seconds from the Graham Avenue L stop, there lies a treasure known to locals as Oak Wine Bar. At first I thought hidden was the best word to describe the intimate hardwood bar, but as the tables filled up over my glass(es) of red on Wednesday, I realized popular is a more adequate adjective.
I stumbled upon Oak by accident while looking for a shoe repair shop and decided to stop in (1) because I needed something to take the edge off after discovering how expensive it is to get your stilettos fixed in this town, and (2) because we could all use a wine bar that’s essentially in our backyards.
It took my eyes a minute to adjust to the candelit bar, but once they did i was more than satisfied. Honeycomb-shaped mirrors opened up the small space, but weren’t overbearing. Through the back door, delicate white lights illuminated a secluded, heated patio area. Two huge blackboards listed wine selections by the bottle and glass, including some interesting selections from Lebanon and Uruguay. (Most of which were around $10…perfect for unemployed students the frugal connoisseur).
In addition, a smaller blackboard tucked behind the bar advertised $20 Tuesdays, Oak’s new bottlepromotion, which changes weekly. And they have wine flights too–all seven of them are under $20, and are a fun way to sip several nectars at half the price.
Then 10-table eatery is charming and unpretentious–I felt comfortable from the moment I hopped on my stool, and Mike, the token cute/friendly bartender, handed me the wine list.
“I’m a little out of it today,” Mike, who was the lone server/bartender of the evening said. “My manager just changed our selections today.”
Regardless of when the wines went on the menu, Mike was great, and guided me to try a French Grenache/Syrah blend (Le Drunk Rooster, Languedoc, France), which was excellent. Spicy and exciting on the palette, it was a great way to warm up after wandering on a windy night.
The spot, which appeals mostly to locavore Brooklynites doesn’t have a liquor license, so be warned if you’re not a wine-O Oak’s probably not for you. Although they do offer classic brunch cocktails and sake mojitos if you’re looking to mix it up. (Sake is just another type of wine after all…)
If you’re up for a glass (or bottle depending on the day) with some flair and serious terroir, check out Oak. Exposed brick, jazzy tunes, and the potential for good times abound.
Hours: Mon.–Thurs. 5-11pm
Fri. & Sat.–5pm-12am
Brunch 11am-4pm, weekends & holidays
Laura Loves: The wide selection of light bites to accompany any beverage. All Oak’s entrees also list the wines that pair best, so one can wine and dine without pairing guesswork.
Down the hatch: Grenache/Syrah, Le Drunk Rooster, Languedoc, France
Pinot Noir, The Pinot Project, Central California