It was Friday and for once my girlfriends and I miraculously had nowhere to go for a change. I remembered this hole in the wall wine bar in Hollywood was having a FREE beer and rum tasting. As many of my friends know my favorite kind of beer and rum is free beer and free rum! So naturally, my girlfriends and I drove over to downtown Hollywood to enjoy some free spirits at Hollywood Vine. This little wine bar is located on the west end of downtown Hollywood on Harrison Street. It may look small, but Hollywood Vine actually sells over 600 wine and spirits in addition to offering over 40 different cheeses, meats and snacks. They have a few high top tables and bar seating that gives the place a very laid back, casual and “loungey” feel. They’ve got a couple TV’s hanging up over the bar that usually show whichever sporting event is on that night They don’t have a kitchen on the premises and therefore don’t sell any prepared food. However patrons are welcomed to bring in their own dishes from neighboring restaurants such as Lola’s on Harrison across the street.
I had been to Hollywood Vine several times in the past on Tuesdays when they offer their weekly free wine tastings. Every Tuesday they sample about 5 different wines for absolutely free. If you don’t like the wines they’re offering for free, you can always buy yourself a glass of a different wine or buy a bottle to drink there. Every other Friday, however, they have samplings of various spirits depending on what’s in season. In addition to our beer and rum sampling we also walked over to their fridge where they have all of their cheeses, meats, and other good things on display. Typically, one of the employees will hand you a plate and you get to pick and choose whatever you want. Once you’ve decided, you hand your plate filled with fatty goodness back to the employee who then slices everything for you and brings it over to your table. In essence you get to create your own charcuterie plate.
For this trip we ended up going a little over board and helped ourselves to some smoked Gouda, Aged Goat cheese, Mozzarella, fresh Salami, spicy Spanish Chorizo and roasted tomatoes. Everything was neatly sliced and served with tiny Melba toasts. All of the cheeses and meats were insanely fresh and all of their complex flavors shined through. My favorite though, has always been their smoked Gouda with some their roasted tomatoes on a piece of Melba toast. I’ve been trying to figure out the recipe to their roasted tomatoes for ages, but my version never comes out as good as theirs. Luckily, between the beer, rum and snacks by the time we were ready to go we were actually quite full.
I’ve always really liked this place, it’s a great place to come with your friends, drink some wine and just chat in a laidback setting. In my case, it’s a great place to go with my girlfriends to discuss that "asshole guy" that I can never seem to figure out, but wish I could. Once we were done snacking, talking crap and drinking it up, one of my friends decided to buy a few wines. Luckily, the staff at Hollywood Vine is not only nice but they know their shit when it comes to booze. They were able to help guide my friend on choosing wines based on what she was looking for and her budget. All in all, I love this place. This is a great place to check out (even if you’re not in the area), especially on Tuesdays!
2035 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33020