Wine, from its most lavishing bottle down to the bottom-shelf boxes and bags, can be both socially tantalizing and toxic. It's that drink you order at the bar when you want to show you have a sense of class — but it's also one that could easily have you slurring your words after two glasses. Full of luscious and liberating flavors, the right wine can stimulate both the mind and tongue — making it one of the best drinks to order when out with a group of friends or need-to-impress colleagues.
Wine specials and wine nights are always a blast. Plus, it's the perfect excuse to go out and have a drink ... or four, on what would otherwise be an ordinary weeknight. Here is a list of four of the best bars with wine specials in Des Moines:
Louie's Wine Dive
Louie's — a slick, classy establishment on the 4000 block of University Avenue delivers one of the best happy hour wine specials in town, with 25 percent off all glasses from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. This means each of the 80 wines featured on the bar's wine list are ready to be served to you — at a decent discount. Looking to grab just a quick glass of wine, from a notable selection, after a long day? Louie's is the spot.
Find it: Uptown Shopping Center, 4040 University Ave.
Hours: 4 - 10 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Info: 515-777-3416, louieswinedive.com
The Stuffed Olive
This Court Avenue cocktail bar embraces the idea of having a wine night every Wednesday with half-price glasses of red, white and sparkling wine from 6 p.m. until close. Not looking to stay out all night? The bar runs a $1 off glasses special during happy hour, which is 4 - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Combine the two specials for a much-needed, downtown, mid-week pick me up.
Find It: 208 3rd St.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
Info: 515-243-4456, thestuffedolive.com
This upscale restaurant and bar in Johnston is the ideal location for wine with a fantastic meal. The extensive wine menu offers about 150 different options for patrons — including a half-off non-reserve bottles special on Wednesday. It's the type of place you'd want to take your significant other for an all-around impressive meal. Not close to Greenbriar? Trostel's Dish in Clive offers the same special with an equally notable selection.
Find it: 5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston
Hours: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 - 10 p.m. Friday - Saturday, closed Sunday
Info: 515-253-0124, greenbriartrostels.com
This chic Western Gateway restaurant serves up Mediterranean-style dishes and a wine selection of the utmost affordability. Every happy hour, which runs 4 - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, includes half-priced glasses of non-reserve wine. If you come in on Thursday, the party doesn't have to stop at 7 p.m. — Thursday is wine night at Proof and select bottles are half-off.
Find it: 1301 Locust St., Suite C
Hours: 4 - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 - 10 p.m. Saturday
Info: 515-244-0655, proofrestaurant.com