Lupa feels Old World, like it's been airlifted from a Lisbon back alley—but not in a chintzy, faux-historic way. Beneath the tall, sky-lit ceiling of exposed timber rafters is a long wooden bar and a few candlelit tables scattered throughout the back. The food menu is short but adequate enough for the wine list, a whimsical but well-thought-out roster of red, white, sparkling and dessert wines. And you couldn't ask for a more unassuming wine steward than Amanda Prock, who chooses words like "slutty" to describe a particular Spanish red. You'll find none of the cork-sniffing, Riedel-swirling wine crowd here, and 32-year-old Prock isn't going to tell if you're holding your glass incorrectly—she serves in bistro glasses. "Lupa's a little off center," she says.
Perfect patron: Those of us who are tired of stemware.
HAPPY HOUR 3-6 PM MONDAY-SATURDAY: $1 OFF HOUSE POURS.
OUTDOOR SEATING, SMOKE-FREE.