The first thing I have to say about Marty's Hops & Vines is I LOVED it!! This is really one of my new favorite places to go! So, to tell you all about it, my husband actually came across this place while reading the blog Hoperatives. We decided to go for a drink on a Tuesday night to check it out.
Marty's is located in College Hill which was very easy to get to. It's on Hamilton Ave. and there is plenty of parking located in back of Marty's. When you walk in, you notice that this is a retail shop selling beers and wine as well as a little bar. There were many different selections of craft beers and wine from all over. We were warmly greeted and explained a bit of the situation at Marty's. The bartender said we were welcome to purchase a bottle and sit in the shop to drink, or we could order off the menu. The inside of Marty's was very warm and inviting. There are about 10 tables or so with a small little bar as well.
After Ross and I looked around a bit, we decided to sit at the bar for a glass of wine. The first reason I loved Marty's was Tuesday nights are Ladies night, so all drinks are half off! What a deal. Especially because all their wine is very reasonably priced: $5-$12 a glass. I started off with a glass of Zinfandel which was very good and Ross went with a flight of wine for $10. This was his choice of 4 of ANY of the wines, another great deal!
We were enjoying the ambiance very much and the bartender was very friendly and talkative. He discussed some facts about Marty's and offered some of his favorite wines and beers. When we asked about a very small local winery of wines that they carry, he wasn't 100% sure about the answer, but Marty was nearby so he stopped over and chatted with us for awhile about the place and the local winery. He also informed us of some of the other specials going on at Marty's, including a wine tasting every Friday, beer tastings on Wednesdays, and live music on the weekends. He also mentioned that Marty's was voted in Cincinnati Magazine as one of the top 10 places for a date :)
For my second glass of wine, I went with the local winery's wine, Purple Trillium. This wine was awesome!! I absolutely loved it. Marty informed us that it had won a Gold Medal at an international tasting in Cincinnati in 2010, and I can see why, it was fantastic. The rest of the crowd seemed to be having a great time as well, there were people alone, small groups of mid-twenties, thirties, and forties.
After talking it up with some of the locals at the bar with our glasses of wine, we decided to head out, being a Tuesday night and all. BUT, I can't wait to go back to this place. It was such a great find, with warm staff that wasn't intimidating, a wonderful decor, and great wine and beer. I should also note that they carry a variety of small plates including crostinis, cheese plates, olives, and bruschetta to name a few, that were all reasonably priced. This will definitely be my go-to for a night out with my husband, a few girlfriends, or another couple.
Overall Experience: 5