The Details: Uncorked Wine & Beer Lounge, 137 North St., Pittsfield. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday; 4 p.m. to midnight; closed Sunday and Monday. 413-344-4171, facebook.com/uncorkedlounge.
Recipe for success: Located in Crawford Square in downtown Pittsfield, Uncorked Wine & Beer Lounge's entrance is located on Depot Street. Keep an eye for the neon sign and if you've walked to Tito's, you've gone too far! Hidden in plain sight, Uncorked Wine & Beer Lounge is owned and operated by Otto's proprietors Luke and Lindsey Marion. Having opened in early January, this wine hideaway is, by design, accessible and comfortable. The long white bar seats about a dozen patrons, while there are several low club chairs and coffee tables where small groups can gather for post-work libations. The black interior contributes to the cozy atmosphere, and menus are written on black chalkboards, which allow patrons to choose their beverage easily. Luke and his staff are helpful if you're stumped or intimidated by the choices. They encourage tastings when possible.
What we can't get enough of: It's wine time! Beer and wine lovers alike will enjoy Uncorked, offering 15 to 20 beers (from craft to conventional) and, at the time of my visit, 23 wines-by-the-glass to choose from, starting at $6.25 and topping out at $12. As a craft beer lover, I went for one of the popular choices at Uncorked, a can of the Crafters Union red blend (12 ounces) for $10. Uncorked offers small bites, including marinated Castelvetrano olives with olive oil, garlic, citrus, herbs and bread, for $6; Flight of the Honey Bee: a tasting of local honey with slices of apple and spiced nuts for $12, and grapes, but these are no ordinary grapes! They are marinated in wine, rolled in sugar, and served frozen for $5. I missed out on these during my night there but will be coming back for these and more. Cheers!