Party Earth Review An intimate music hall, wine bar, restaurant, and subterranean winery all unite at City Winery, an expansive multifaceted venue where the oenophile and the audiophile both find something to love. Goliath wooden pillars... ... read full review
155 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013
1: Houston Street; C, E: Spring Street
M–F 11am–3pm and 5pm–midnight, Sa 5pm–midnight, Su 10am–2pm and 5pm–midnight
New York City Pinot Days 2015
Wine Festival / Wine / Wine Lovers
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An intimate music hall, wine bar, restaurant, and subterranean winery all unite at City Winery, an expansive multifaceted venue where the oenophile and the audiophile both find something to love.
Goliath wooden pillars line the otherwise minimally decorated ground floor, perhaps designed to keep the emphasis on the expansive wine list and diverse nightly live music.
Regular patrons tend to be on the older side, fostering a laid-back atmosphere early in the evenings as seasoned professionals sift and swirl through the 500+ bottles on the list, while younger fans start trickling in later on.
Concert tickets secure guests a table in the main dining room – which doubles as the intimate performance space – so they can fuel up on tuna steak and lamb or just devour lots of cheese before acts as varied as Wyclef Jean to Joan Osborne take the stage.
Concert or not, upscale couples and trendy friends can satisfy their seasoned palates in the adjoining Barrel Room, a great place for pre-gaming over a little Pinot before heading out for a late night.
Amateur enologists, meanwhile, even have the chance to produce their own vintage, from picking the grapes to creating their own blend and even designing a label – though the several thousand dollar price tag might scare away the average connoisseur.
Thankfully, regular classes and tastings are much cheaper.
Whether it’s to catch a show, learn about fermentation, or bottle their own bubbly, City Winery gives visitors many reasons to keep coming back.
Making your own wine couldn’t be easier. First you decide how much you want to make, then you pick the vineyard you want the grapes to come from. After that, you get to pick the kind of barrel to store it in, how long you want it to age, and even design your own custom label! You can be as hands-on as you want to be, but just remember: grapes can leave an awful stain!
Varies widely based on the night’s performer, from older socialites and successful professionals to laid-back hipster music fans, though the regulars in the Barrel Room tend to be of the trendier/yuppier variety, late 20s to 50s.
Live music almost nightly in a huge variety of styles, including folk, rock, roots, and gospel, as well as occasional comedy nights and other non-musical performances starting at around 8pm.
Projector screens on either side of the stage, and a sound system that can rattle the building’s foundation.
Full menu of American cuisine with some Mediterranean influences, including lamb, seared tofu, grilled tuna, sliders, charcuterie, and cheese selections.
Barrel ownership available. VinoFile membership includes advance notice on all concerts, tastings, and events, no service fees on tickets, $10 food and beverage credit earned for every $250 spent at the restaurant, and in-house sommelier.
Wine Club membership includes six to twelve bottles, 20% off bottle purchases, access to members-only tasting events, and flight tastings. Wine storage also available.
Appetizers $9–$15, soups/salads $6–$7, entrées $12–$29. Beer $7–$10, wine $10–$1200/bottle, cocktails $8–$200.
Barrel ownership $5,000–$12,000+ depending on volume, number of barrel tastings, and customized labeling. VinoFile membership $50/year. Wine club $160–$450.
Upscale casual to anything goes during concerts: suits, fitted sweaters, dresses, designer jeans, shorts, flannel, cute skirts.
Any night a performer of interest is scheduled.
If the flowing wine and groovy vibrations prompt a need to really let loose, there’s always Greenhouse (150 Varick Street), a sprawling and certified eco-friendly club right across the street.