An unpretentious downtown bar/lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals.
Wine bars can be stuffy and annoying, but Crush is neither. In fact, Crush might be the perfect neighborhood watering hole — particularly if you're over 30, partial to grapes (although there's beer, too), and more into conversation than a shouted monologue across a musty room. Crush is never deserted but rarely packed, with the exception of the bi-monthly Monday night $15 wine tastings. The decor isn't attention grabbing, but everything is comfortable, and this is one of those rare, amorphous places that can be whatever you want it to be. It's classy and low-lit, so it makes a great date spot. But it's also casual and comfortable enough for an evening drink with friends. It's got big picture windows and a deck where the tables aren't crammed elbow to elbow. You can spend anywhere from $7 on a glass to $120 on a bottle (and get any bottle under $40 for $20 on Tuesdays). The appetizers — mostly cheese and meat plates, bruschetta and the like — are always fresh and yummy. And if you're overwhelmed by the wine list, ask the staff to recommend. They know what's tried and true.
• $5 wines (sommelier selects a different red and white everyday), $2 beer
Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, 4pm-7pm