Best Place to be a Noncommittal Drinker - 2012
Vinotéque on Melrose
Even for the practiced wine drinker, ordering a bottle you've never tried before can be risky business. Once that cork is popped, you're stuck with it, for better or for worse. And what if it's worse? For the price of, likely, your entire dinner, you now must down five glasses of grape juice you're just not into. Unless, that is, you're drinking at Vinotéque on Melrose, the wine bar and restaurant that's perfect for commitment-phobes. At Vinotéque, you can order any bottle that piques your interest, and if after two glasses you're not loving it, you can simply hand it back to the waiter and try something else. You're only on the hook for those first two pours, and the remainder of the bottle is up for grabs by other patrons. For this reason, every trip to Vinotéque becomes a game of wine roulette, one in which the odds are decidedly in your favor. 7469 Melrose Ave., Fairfax District. (310) 860-6060, vinotequeonmelrose.com.