Queens >Bars & Clubs > Domaine Bar a Vins
50-04 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY | Directions 1110140.742613 -73.954182
Neighborhoods: Hunters Point
Conversation anyone? – At Domaine they specialize in wine and cheese (my favoritest things on Earth).
Its a more relaxed environment made for long chats or eye gazing as you sip on your wine and slowly savor your cheese. The music is light and the lighting is dark so its perfect for getting to know someone.
I tend to find a lot of places distracting with a lot of traffic (people coming in and out, waiters rushing about), loud music, flashy lighting, tacky decor...but Domaine has none of that so its condusive to just sitting back and soaking in the company you are with.
Not to say that this is a couples only type of place. By no means. I've seen groups of friends come in. Its just the perfect spot to share some good wine and good conversation and not worry about being rushed out. Just avoid eating the oysters if you're here with platonic sort of company (wink, wink).
Very nice new place – I've been here a couple times now, once just on a whim the week it opened... happened to be walking by and the other times I went as a prelude to eating at Tournesol (just two doors down) and and I have enjoyed it all times. Being "Bar a Vins" I expected a larger selection of french wines and not much from other countries. I was surprised to see a number of non-french choices but they weren't very exciting. The daily choice of oysters and cheeses makes up for that. All in all, I love the feel of the place. It's warm, inviting, a bit dark, feels very comfortable. The prices are manhattan style but I suppose that's acceptable being on the 1st stop out in Hunter's Point.
There's history behind the rustic touches at this Long Island City wine bar. – In Short
This bar's namesake is a now-vacant field in the French Pyrenees, where co-owner Pascal Escriout's grandfather once ran a vineyard, nicknamed "Le Domaine" by the friends who gathered there to freely imbibe. Continuing the familial tradition, the bar serves carafes of country wines from southwest France alongside other international selections. Bottles dominate every faded inch of antique shelf space and that mood sets the tone for lovebirds canoodling over cheese platters and Francophones crouching on barstools.
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