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The Perfect Date Spot in Old Town: Grape + Bean
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The Perfect Date Spot in Old Town: Grape + Bean

Grape + Bean is a cute wine bar, wine shop and specialty coffee place set right in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria. The cozy feel makes this place a perfect spot for a first date, or even a 100th date. Many local Alexandria restaurants come in during the day to buy a bottle of wine, grab a coffee, or sit down for a wine flight and lunch. It is also popular during the evenings when the candles are lit, and the mood is shifted with dim lights and mellow music.

Cristina Ramos has been working at Grape + Bean for about 2 years, and she said that they have lots of regulars now, after just having their 3 year anniversary this past February. Grape + Bean started off as a retail wine shop, but 6 months after opening they expanded by adding a wine bar and food menu. The extensive wine list includes wines, pinks, reds, and bubbly. They have large plates, small plates, and a variety of cheese and charcuterie.

There are several seats at the bar, and a few tables in the main area. There is also an upstairs space that opened this past September that is used as a wine tasting classroom, as well as for private events. Ramos said, “We try to keep a balance between education and social/entertainment.” Grape + Bean held their last tasting on Thursday, March 3rd for $55 a person. They try to hold about 2-3 a month; the next tasting event will be on St. Patrick’s Day with French wines (surprisingly, not Irish!).

The weekday lunch special runs from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. It includes $12 for a plate with a non-alcoholic beverage or $14 for a plate with beer or wine. Some plates that stuck out to me are the Rosemary Ham and Gruyere and the Fontina Cheese and Mortadella Corstini. 

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