Bacchus, a new Greek-inspired wine bar on the corner of Dunlavy and Missouri Streets, opened quietly last Saturday under the ownership of one Nickolas Politis.
Politis owns the marble stone company next door and lives above the space, which he tells CultureMap he opened as a hobby, more than anything, after getting repeated offers to lease the space as a small wine bar.
We paid the bar and the man a visit Wednesday night in the rain and were surprised at how polished — and big! — the space was after first perusing its rather ... er ... elementary website.
But between the wine list (more than 40 are available by the bottle, and any bottle is available by glass, as long as you purchase two) the meat and cheese plate, the lovely owner and his charming, emphatic girlfriend, we're hooked on this new neighborhood place.
The menu is limited — it offers one pizza, Greek dip, olives and daily breads — but that's because so far, Politis says he just picks up what he likes at Central Market on the way in. He's just learning this whole bar/restaurant thing, including that discounts are available when buying in bulk.
Politis emphasizes that it's the marble company that's his bread and butter. Bacchus is more of a side project, and a place for his many friends (most of whom are also vague business partners) to meet for a glass of nice wine.
He never plans to have a grand opening, and describes Bacchus' growth as being like a 747 jet — taking off slowly. "Are my feet on the ground or are they off?" Politis shrugs.
We encourage you to stop by for a glass of vino or imported beer on the sidewalk patio. Make sure to say hey to Nick and his girlfriend, who will most certainly call you "dah-ling" and make you feel very welcome, indeed.