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Pairing exquisite wines and cheeses is already an art form. So when we admit that the Naked Grape elevates it even further, we're not sure what to call it. Oeneriffic? Fromagasmic? With 40 wines by the glass (rotating on a menu that changes every fortnight), your waiter will direct you to some of the more potent combinations. And he'll do that while you're bathed in cozy, romantic candlelight. Additionally, you'll be bombarded with unfamiliar wines, since the vast majority are from small-batch boutique wineries. That's not to say the Grape won't let you quaff an ale - on the contrary, it's well-stocked with domestic micros and specialty imports. In 2008, New Times named Naked Grape the best place to meet intelligent gay men so you may want to wear those horn-rimmed glasses and the tweed sweater with elbow patches. We've seen no signs of dumbing down.
Tax day is right around the corner on Tuesday, April 17. While the lucky might be getting a check from Uncle Sam, most of us have something to pay. Either scenario is an occasion to drink. We've... More »
Sometimes Wilton Manors bars get a bit of a reputation as packed, low-lit meat markets where dancing, shirtless men slap skin and sip bitch drinks. Well, I am here to tell you this is not the case. I've been drunk in the Manors more nights than... More »
If your gay best friend bought a condo, this is what it would look like: an intimate room with sexy, low lighting. Red couches, black chairs, and a disco ball in the corner next to tasteful paintings of naked men. Hidden discreetly underneath the coffee table are games of Yahtzee and Monopoly and decks of cards. One back wall is lined with bottles of wine, primarily from small, boutique vineyards. The abundantly friendly waiter helps you read the menu by candlelight. After you pick out the... More »
New Times has visited the Naked Grape thrice. The first time, we got into a long conversation with a toned fortysomething stud about the relative virtues of Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas. The second time, we met a queeny young thing who had very interesting things to say about why Wilton Manors would instantly become a bastion of heterosexuality if ever viewed through a Hegelian dialectical lens (we had our doubts about that one, but it's what the man said). The third time, one of the... More »
Despite having been around for two years, the Naked Grape is still basically undiscovered. It's a state of affairs that must endlessly rankle the proprietors, but it's damned lucky for the regulars: The vibe at the Grape is mellow enough that you can have a quiet conversation with friends without straining your throat, and the bar is usually half-full, resulting in quick and friendly service. The moment you step through the door, bright, soft light gleams on clean metallic surfaces across... More »
Wilton Drive got a bit classier when Brian BeCraft opened this well-designed store last year. Wines here are grouped by characteristics, such as fruity, earthy, etc., with more than 200 choices for under $25. Helpful placards accompany each selection and describe the wine's origin, flavors, and compatibility with particular foods. That's the kind of detail that makes winetastings at the Naked Grape both enjoyable and enlightening. About twice a month, BeCraft pours samples of 12 to 20 wines... More »
New Times has visited the Naked Grape thrice. The first time, we got into a long conversation with a toned fortysomething stud about the relative virtues of Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas. The second time, we met a queeny young thing who had very interesting things to say about why Wilton Manors would instantly become a bastion of heterosexuality if ever viewed through a Hegelian dialectical lens (we had our doubts about that one, but it's what the man said). The third time, one of the Grape's crack sommeliers effused to us about Schopenhauer's Essays and Aphorisms. This is not the kind of track record you accrue in any old gay bar — and probably not even in most gay wine bars, of which the Naked Grape is one. Nay: this is a weird, weird confluence of forces. Comers to the Naked Grape should bring cleared palates, a desire to socialize, and big brains.
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