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Supermarket Sips

Local Whole Foods turns grocery shopping into bar hopping. Here’s the breakdown.

By Melissa J. Lyden

Photo by Robert Merhaut

 

SPACE SCENE SIPS SPECIALS

Arlington Pub
Clarendon | Est. 2012
2700 Wilson Blvd.,
Arlington; 703-527-6596 

Arlington Pub, situated on the second story of the Clarendon Whole Foods, overlooks bars … of lettuce, olives and vegan chicken strips.
    Aside from the view, the ambiance is more watering hole than grocery store. 

Coffee bar by day (with organic sugar and creamer, natch), hot spot at night, with growler fill-ups for at-home consumption.

Eight taps offer craft beers brewed within a 200-mile radius, think: Starr Hill and Dogfish Head.
Four wines and a sparkling are available by the glass, including lesser-known producers, like Edgebaston The Honey Pot from South Africa.

Pints and glasses of wine are a $1 off from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Enoteca Wine Bar
Fair Lakes | Est. 2007
4501 Market Commons Drive; Fairfax;
703-222-2058

If you find yourself in the wine section, head to the back and upstairs to Enoteca.
    The quaint space has four high-tops and three couches with large glass windows for shopper watching.
    The room holds about 30 people and can be rented out. Board meeting in a grocery store anyone?

After-work happy hours, especially on Friday

Eighty wines on tap, in 2-, 4- or 6-ounce portions, create an effective way to taste big-money wines without buying a bottle (although they are purchasable.)
    Food includes selections from the cheese department and, well, snacking from your grocery bag, er, canvas tote.

Free buffet-style appetizers are available 5 to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.


Holland Pub
Old Town | Est. 2012
1700 Duke St., Alexandria;
703-706-0891

If you can get over—literally—drinking in the middle of a grocery, you will enjoy drinking at Holland Pub, near the specialty section and wines.
    The horseshoe shaped bar is crafted from recycled walnuts with ten stools, resembling corkscrews.
    Another three high-top tables hover behind.

The morning is Starbucks-busy, and the lunch hour brings people sneaking a midday beer.

Six taps offer American craft brews, rotated every few days. Some of the brews are local, such as Lost Rhino and DC Brau, and some more obscure, like Ballast Point from San Diego. 

Sixty-four-ounce growlers are $2 off and 32-ounce growlers are a $1 off every Thursday. Mimosas with organic OJ and organic Pizzolato du Prosecco are $4 on the weekends.


Tysons Tap Room
Tysons Corner | Est. 2010
7511 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church; 703-448-1600

Ten drinkers can cozy up to the wooden bar and ignore their grocery lists by reading the fun beer facts on the backsplash.
    Did you know that “cenosillicaphobia” is the fear of an empty glass?

Shoppers mostly take advantage of the growler fill-up: 32- or 64-ounce options.

Six taps offer craft brews, from local Port City to Allagash out of Maine.
    Six wines are available by the glass, including grapes from late harvests or little known places in Austria.

A five-course pairing costs $5 for the progressive, self-guided tasting, starting at the produce section, ending at the bakery—with someone to pour wine, talk tasting notes, and dish out food and recipe ideas at each station.

 

 

(January 2013)

 

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