Last weekend, while visiting downtown Indianapolis, I had a chance to go to an interesting restaurant/ bar called “Tastings”. “Tastings” serves meals, salads, sandwiches, appetizers and various tapas (the Tomato-Basil Bruschetta is fantastic), but their unique feature is the ability to sample various wines.
The process goes like this: you purchase a debit card, setting the amount for whatever dollar amount you wish. You then take the card to one of the six wine stations set up around the bar. Each of these stations features numerous varieties of foreign and domestic wines, both red and white (the white wine choices are found in refrigerated stations). You pick out a wine, slide in your debit card, and choose between a 2 oz. sample and a 6 oz. half-glass. The wine station pours the desired amount into your glass and you are in business.
The tricky part here is like visiting a casino, and that is knowing how much you are willing to spend. The 2 oz. samples can range in price from $2 to $3, up to close to $10, depending on the type of wine. Whatever the cost for the 2 oz. sample, you triple it for the 6 oz. half-glass. But before you get too excited, the establishment also sells the wine by the bottle. Many of the varieties offered for sample sell by the bottle for under $20. So if you find something you like, the best route to go is to buy a bottle.
Overall, “Tastings” is a fun, unique place that would be a great place to get together with a group of friends. Be prepared to spend some money, but it is an enjoyable place for someone who is interested in and enjoys wine and tasting different varieties from around the world. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the bar has a nice open feel to it.
“Tastings” is located at 50 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis, located just west of the Conrad Hotel. The “Tastings” website can be found at http://www.awineexperience.com/content/location/tastings_of_indianapolis, and you can also find it on Facebook as well.