Winston-Salem’s Original Wine Bar not only sets the bar… it demolishes it
By Eric Hairston
For 13 years 6th and Vine has been a staple of Winston-Salem’s Art district and holds the title of Winston-Salem’s original wine bar. During my visit, I sampled a small plate, the garlic shrimp, one of many delicious items on the menu. I also tasted the 6th and Vine Burger with Swiss cheese (my choice), which was one of the most delicious burgers I have ever eaten. The restaurant itself is designed beautifully, with the bar, wine racks, and stools built entirely by the owner’s father, Dave Matthews. e owner’s father was also instrumental in starting Winston-Salem’s first chapter of Habitat for Humanity, with the chapter house opening in 1984 and the rst house being erected in 1986.
You feel a sense of welcome as you walk through the doors of the restaurant, kind of like home, but with a little bit of eclectic spice mixed in with a sprinkle of sophistication. The decor of the restaurant features mid-century modern designs, which have evolved featuring locally collected pieces that enhance the already chill vibe of the place. The patio is what shines at 6th and Vine. The inclusion of great seating and a beautiful garden sets the atmosphere, whether you want to enjoy a nice cocktail with friends, or have dinner. “On ursday nights there can be a dance party on the inside and chill atmosphere on the outside,” as described by the owner Kathleen Barnes, the patio doubles the space of restaurant. In addition to the patio, the exterior is getting a make- over with couches replacing the tables and a new sign at the entrance.
The wine bar has an extensive list of wines along with cocktails and craft beers. There are approximately 40 wines served by the glass, including an all-new wine list unveiled last month. 6th and Vine has been voted the best Wine Bar in Winston- Salem by Smitty’s Notes and other “Best of ” series for many years; so who wouldn’t want a glass or two? The wine list includes reds and whites, featuring wine flights for those like me who are a little adventurous, not to mention that all wines by the glass are half price on Thursdays, with bottles being half price on Sundays. The servers are quite approachable and knowledgeable about the wines, which gives the restaurant and wine bar a “casual approach to drinking wine” Barnes touts, which is a plus for those of us not well accustomed to wine culture. 6th and Vine is also the only bar downtown that utilizes Coravin technology for reserve wines which preserves
the integrity of the more exclusive wines, which is a pretty big deal to seasoned wine drinkers. 6th and Vine also has an extensive cra beer list that features a favorite from local brewpub Foothills Brewery and many other excellent craft beers. 6th and Vine also has music with local DJs on Thursday nights from 9 pm – 12 am and live bands or DJs on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 pm – 1 am.
A lot is going on at 6th and Vine, with additions to the dining room and the menu with additional entrees added to the dinner and lunch menu and an entirely new appetizer menu. With all the excitement going on this month don’t forget that it’s May, so Mother’s day is here; 6th and Vine has you covered with a special brunch menu featuring eggs benedict with smoked salmon, and more. 6th and Vine, Winston-Salem’s original wine bar, is the place to come chill, hang, and meet with friends, hear great music and enjoy delicious food, and an extensive collection of wines. 6th and Vine is located at 209 6th Street in Winston-Salem.