The back porch grilling. The cold beers. The prosciutto di parma.
(Your favorite springs are spent on the Amalfi Coast.)
But spring needs a nudge. So we present 694 Wine & Spirits, emerging this week from the cocoon of a humble wine bar to become the whiskey-soaked butterfly it was always meant to be.
Now, let’s back up a bit. The owners bought out Juicy Wine Co. last year, but have changed things very slowly—starting with the name in January—and culminating with a new sign on Thursday. (New signage always gets you thirsty.)
In the meantime, they’ve been doing important work. Ripping out booths. Updating floors. Replacing the cheese case with a bar where you’ll knock back obscure scotch, sip Manhattans with cognac-soaked cherries and hoist the occasional rare Italian stout.
Yet, somehow, 694 remains that wood-paneled charmer where you’ll cozy up to a date over a Malbec and fine-sliced salumi. But now, say you’re just looking for a casual Wednesday night burger—come here during Burger Time Wednesdays, and you’ll find them grilling on the patio.
And then, right around the time you’re indulging in a Candy Bar Flight (version of Almond Joy, Butterfingers and a Rice Krispies treat) or a slice of pie from Hoosier Mama, you’ll find a DJ has started to amp up the room’s energy level.
Or maybe it was all that pie.