Bacchus is closed permanently. I have left the review up just for old time’s sake.
Bacchus Wine Bar at 106 Union St., next door to the Milton Theatre, has grown in leaps and bounds since they first opened. Hours are Sun.-Thurs. 11-9 and Fri.-Sat. 11-11.
We have visited several times, and the interior is quite impressive! The old First National Bank of Milton building had to be wrestled into submission, but the result is very attractive, with high, coffered ceilings and a delightful mezzanine where one can plop and sip in relative privacy.
UPDATE: We have had the pleasure of attending several wine dinners at Bacchus, and one of the most delightful was the recent one in June 2016 featuring Tony & Karen Sposato’s delightful Argentinian wines. Chef Stephanie Wampole (“Chefanie”) certainly stepped up to the plate, expertly pairing Sposato’s new (and “zesty,” according to Karen) Sauvignon Blanc with a perfectly pan-seared pair of scallops, served chilled on a bed of shaved and braised fennel. Course #2 came roaring out of the kitchen as the affable Tony poured his Chardonnay. It went very nicely with a cool and lemony quinoa salad in a tasty bowl fashioned out of a poached artichoke. Fork-tender seared duck breast with glazed carrots, basking in a lake of turnip puree was married to what I believe is the flagship wine of Sposato Vineyards: The Malbec Reserve. Though many nice wines come out of Argentina, the wine-friendly terroir is perfectly suited for that grape. Trust me when I tell you that this wine is scrumptious. The chef’s prowess in the kitchen was proven in course #4 when we were treated to a granita (sort of an adult snow cone – thanks, Bob M. for the analogy – made with Sposato’s Cabernet Reserve. Everything was delightful, but this simple mint-topped plate was the star of the show. Do note that these items are “off-menu” and created specifically for these wine dinners.
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The regular menu is pretty basic, and Chef Staphanie Wampole (“Chefanie”) has added her own classy touches to what started out as a very basic menu. Salads, a selection of flatbreads (code for “pizza” used by people who don’t want to say they ate pizza. It’s sort of like “flash fried,” to make people who are at war with food feel better about themselves. Don’t be fooled: It’s either fried or it’s not). Whew! That was exhausting! Now where was I … oh, yeah: There is always a special on the menu, and if there are crepes, don’t miss ’em.
Our current favorite is the roasted chicken and sausage (it might or might not be on the menu when you go. Fret not. Ask Chefanie for her recommendation). I have had the Bacchus salad twice already, and liked it very much. The candied nuts are a nice little exclamation mark. And that champagne vinaigrette dressing is not to be missed.
Crepes are either savory or sweet, and we LOVE the creme brulee crepe crowned with a cute sugar tuille. Take a look at the gallery for some nice pics. Chef Stephanie is doing a great job out there, and her brunches are becoming the stuff of legend.
They have a large number of wines by the glass, with special prices on glasses and selected bottles during happy hour from 3-5 every day. Beers are from Dogfish Head and 16 Mile, and there are specialty cocktails, including the “Spirit of Bacchus,” inspired by the paranormal investigators who dubbed the old building as benevolently haunted.
Give them a call at 703-362-1521. Take a look at the menu here.
The Buzzlette is credited with her photo of the front sign and the historic photo of the bank building. She’s a feisty little thing with that Kodak Brownie!