We all have those weeks that just seem to drag on—weeks where it seemingly takes an eon for Friday to arrive. If that’s the case, allow yourself to unwind a few days early with Wine Down Wednesday.
If your typical post-work ritual involves driving straight home to cook dinner or do laundry, let me fill you in on the concept. Several bars and restaurants offer discounts on wine and snacks on Wednesdays typically around happy hour. Ingenious. Sometimes all you need is a little pick-me-up to make it to Friday at 5 p.m.
Station 885, 885 Starkweather, Plymouth, offers half off bottles of wine on Wednesdays, as well as live entertainment by pianist Wally Gibson at 7:30 p.m. While there aren’t any discounts on “Loading Dock” items (appetizers), they’re reasonably priced to begin with. Pair your bottle with coconut shrimp, crab stuffed mushrooms or bruschetta and you’re good to go.
The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, hosts weekly Wednesday Wine Tastings, in case you’re looking for a unique twist on winding down. Each week, The Whitney’s wine director chooses a selection of three wines, and while you drink, he gives a history lesson. For only $10 a person, this sounds like a bargain to me.
Café Felix, 204 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, holds Wine Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. where you’ll receive half off select bottles of wine. If you skipped lunch at the office, you’ll need a snack to soak up said wine. The French-themed menu features small plates, pizzas and more. One of which is guaranteed to hit the spot.
Motor City Wine, 608 Woodward Ave., Detroit, offers bar-side mini wine tastings that allow you to select and sample five wines by the glass. This is a great option for indecisive people such as myself—if you just can’t narrow it down to one Chardonnay, try several! Better yet, it only costs $10.
Blackfinn, 530 S. Main St., Royal Oak, has half priced wine by the bottle or glass from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., along with $6 flatbreads. There are six flatbread varieties, including barbeque chicken, roasted vegetable and margherita.
Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Twp., also has half off wine, in addition to seasonal entrée specials if you plan on making an entire evening of it. The menu features an array of wine staples, as well as rotating selections that change on a regular basis. You might as well try them while you can.
Motor City Brewing Works, 470 West Canfield, Detroit, hosts “This Week in Art” every Wednesday evening, where a local artist stops by and showcases his or her work while you enjoy a glass of wine (or craft beer, if that’s more your style). Be sure to arrive by 6 p.m.!
No matter where you choose to celebrate Wine Down Wednesday, just keep in mind you still have to drag yourself into the office on Thursday morning. Sip with caution!