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Now that spring is finally here, wouldn’t you just love to sit down and enjoy some delicious rose alongside some light bites. It is JUST what you and your friends wanted, right? Somewhere centrally located too, and with a (newly inaugurated) happy hour to boot? Well, in that case, let us point you in the direction of FLIGHT Wine Bar (check out our full first look here), a 6th street gem you should consider becoming a regular at.

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The menu is separated into “Small Plates”, “Not So Small Plates” and “Endings” and chef Bradley Curtis does a formidable job reimagining what wine bar food is. Yes, of course there are cheese plates, and a lovely play on a roast beet salad (with soft egg and terragon yogurt!) but there is some serious comfort food here too: from the “fish” and chip basket (which features sardines and fried clams as opposed to your expected white fish) to the pulled duck sandwich and the Boston baked dinner, this is way more adventurous and substaintial than what your long suffering dragged-to-a-wine-bar boyfriend imagined.

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The pairings are a delight. Owner Swati Bose is thoughtful and informed and while the by-the-glass selections seem like a natural way to go, under her tutelage you may find yourself grabbing a tasting flight of roses or experiencing the whites of Croatia for the first time this season.  And loving it.

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Oh, and about that happy hour: it is available 5-7pm Monday through Friday and Saturday 10-11:30pm and features ‘flights’ of bites that consist of three mini portions on a wooden serving board. Each trio will cost $7, and guests can choose from:

  • Roasted Beet Salad with watercress, cured fennel, soft boiled egg and tarragon yogurt
  • Squash Dolmades with pepitas, raisins and orange yogurt
  • Mixed Wild Mushrooms with figs and pancetta
  • Beef with Moxie, prunes, carrots and pearl onions
  • Pulled Duck Slider with ginger slaw
  • Chocolate Truffle Pie with Mexican chocolate, dulce de leche, canella, mint and lime
  • Tomato Soup Cake with rum raisin compote and toasted pecans

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Are you salivating yet? We are.

FLIGHT Wine Bar is located at at 777 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001.Hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Fridays through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Visit www.flightdc.com for more information.

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