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You’ve got a date to impress, but you don’t want to come off as a total snob by choosing something over the top. Enter Flight Wine Bar, Penn Quarter’s newest resident. Designed by Edit Labs (the team that brought you Daikaya and Red Hen), the intimate space focuses on a smart  and approachable wine selection of over 30 varieties served by an even smarter and approachable staff, all aimed at removing the snobbery and intimidation out of wine selection.

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Husband and wife team Swati Bose and Kabir Amir headed back to DC from New York with the intention of creating a wine bar that would be enjoyable and comfortable for everyone from novices to tasting professionals, and we think they’ve pulled it off. Their reds range from Spanish blends to South African reserves, and the air of pretension surrounding those descriptions is nowhere to be found at Flight. While new varieties of familiar vines will be found here, the restaurant’s Coravin wine extraction system will allow guests to sample rarer, high-end varieties.

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In addition to an international variety of vines, Flight’s kitchen will be headed by Chef Bradley Curtis, formerly of DGS Delicatessen, Zaytinya and Graffiato. The menu features a smorgasbord of Mediterranean bites with a twist, such as pumpkin dolmades, root vegetable tagine and fasoulia. You can still find “standard” bar fare of sandwiches and fish and chips, but these are elevated versions that maintain Flight’s statement of comfort and familiarity and accessibility.

Flight Wine Bar is located at 777 6th Street NW, and opens this Saturday January 18.

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