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The Union Square branch of this popular Wine Studio is ideally located for drinks and a spot of people watching after a long day in the city. This decidedly grown-up destination boasts ambitious food, an extensive wine list and a ‘wine education centre’ which runs a variety of classes for those wanting to polish up their knowledge. While the indulgent dishes, such as bone marrow with blue cheese, offer an exciting accompaniment to an unusual range of wines, neither the food nor the drinks come cheap, with small plates starting at $15 and wines by the glass costing up to $50. However, if you’re in the mood for a celebration, Corkbuzz’s happy hour is unbeatable, their ‘Champagne Campaign’ sees every bottle of Champagne (and there are plenty to choose from) discounted to half price after 10pm. We’ll drink to that!
Top pick for: Trendy decor, fashionable location and the best happy hour in town. (Glasses $9-$50)