Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar
9 Church St.
Ambience: Uber-chef Jamie Kennedy has employed his meticulous attention to culinary and oenological detail to create a highly civilized and entertaining atmosphere in what can at the very least be described as a very well-stocked wine bar. An open-air kitchen produces some very tantalizing tapas treats, while the adjacent space offers up live jazz throughout the week.
Crowd: Don’t be surprised to find many of the city’s movers and shakers in attendance. The Pulse bumped into acclaimed Canadian producer Robert Lantos (Where The Truth Lies, Ararat) doing drinks with friends. To put it simply, JKWB is trendy and typically serves a slightly older clientele, but also plays host to the occasional group of young corporate types lounging and looking to spend their latest bonus on expensive bottles.
Dress code: Think smart casual and avoid anything that might seem appropriate at a sporting event.
Will I get lucky?: As with most wine bars, this one could hardly be defined as a pick-up joint. That said, it is a fantastic place to impress a date with your knowledge of fine local wine/jazz/dining establishments.
Cocktail du jour: It goes without saying that Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar caters to lovers of wine and offers dozens of excellent choices for casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike. The Scotch list is also tempting, but all of this comes at a price.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.