October 30, 2018

Crafts & Vines Wine Bar in MainStrasse Village Has Wine on Tap and 'Truckstop Charcuterie'

Crafts & Vines is an inviting little place on the corner of Seventh Street at the southern end of MainStrasse Village's commercial district. It has the feel of a neighborhood hangout, friendly staff and — as the sign outside suggests — an emphasis on carefully selected beer and wine choices. The place consists of three smallish rooms with a back patio and a couple of sidewalk tables. The front room includes a bar with wine and beer taps, bottled drinks and cocktail ingredients; you can sit on a stool or at a table.Crafts & Vines became the first bar in Northern Kentucky to offer wine on tap; it has eight rotating taps — four red and four white wines. The room immediately to the left contains a wall with retail wine offerings — about 120 different wines, according to Hugo — and more seating. Then there’s a small back room with more tables. The layout has an informal vibe that’s also intimate and warm that the owner says should “feel like an extension of your living room." The food menu consists of light bites and tapas with the goal of opening a walk-up window and smoking meats in-house soon. Crafts & Vines, 642 Main St., Covington, Ky.; 859-360-0467; craftsandvines.com; Hours: 4-11 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday; 2-8 p.m. Sunday. Read a full feature here.
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The exterior of Crafts & Vines
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The exterior of Crafts & Vines
A wine flight, beer and "Truckstop Charcuterie" with housemade maple-Sriracha bacon and beef jerky, plus pimento cheese and saltine crackers
Hailey Bollinger
A wine flight, beer and "Truckstop Charcuterie" with housemade maple-Sriracha bacon and beef jerky, plus pimento cheese and saltine crackers
Crafts & Vines Wine Bar in MainStrasse Village Has Wine on Tap and 'Truckstop Charcuterie'
Hailey Bollinger
Crafts & Vines was the first bar in the area to offer wine on tap
Hailey Bollinger
Crafts & Vines was the first bar in the area to offer wine on tap
Crafts & Vines Wine Bar in MainStrasse Village Has Wine on Tap and 'Truckstop Charcuterie'
Hailey Bollinger
A seasonal pot de creme dessert
Hailey Bollinger
A seasonal pot de creme dessert
Crafts & Vines Wine Bar in MainStrasse Village Has Wine on Tap and 'Truckstop Charcuterie'
Hailey Bollinger
Crafts & Vines Wine Bar in MainStrasse Village Has Wine on Tap and 'Truckstop Charcuterie'
Hailey Bollinger
Crafts & Vines Wine Bar in MainStrasse Village Has Wine on Tap and 'Truckstop Charcuterie'
Hailey Bollinger
Crafts & Vines Wine Bar in MainStrasse Village Has Wine on Tap and 'Truckstop Charcuterie'
Hailey Bollinger