Got Wine?

wine

At the end of a day on the beach, shopping or the links, it’s time to slow down and relax.  How about a glass of wine?  Here are a few suggestions close to our Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island, SC

1) Perrone’s: This Mediterranean staple is nearly next door to Litchfield By the Sea, making it a great spot for a late afternoon happy hour and, eventually, dinner. The wine list isn’t one of those books with pages and pages of head-spinning options; instead it’s compact but excellently honed — a perfectly crafted short story as opposed to a rambling novel. We like that their wine menu includes tasting notes, so we have a primer of what to expect. Wines hail from all the important regions and are priced for every level of affordability. If you want to shell out a few more bucks —and it really is just a few more —opt for a glass from their reserve list. These wines are kept in temperature and humidity-controlled environs to slow degradation, so wines that were previously considered too rare or expensive are available to taste. Do note that the three-ounce pours start at $15, but it’s a small price to pay to try the likes of a Domaine Grand Veneer Chateauneuf du Pape. Each wine on the list provides the ideal accompaniment to Perrone’s locally sourced and inventive cuisine as well as their sophisticated but friendly ethos.
2) Austin’s Ocean One: Beloved in the South Strand for their delicious food and stunning sea views, it’s also home to a fantastic wine list. We’ve got lots to choose from among their globe-spanning selections at a number of price points. Riesling from Mosel, Chianti from Tuscany, Shiraz from Vale, Sauternes from Bordeaux — and just about everything in between. A large selection of wines are available by the glass and go as low as $5.50 per pour, but if you’re in a bottle mood, you’re in luck. And if you’ve got deep pockets, you’ll be in hog heaven. High rollers might not bat an eye at the Joseph Phelps Insignia meritage for just about $300, but those of us closer to earth can still get a great bottle of Rainer Ridge merlot and more for under $30. We love getting a smattering of small plates (Bahamian Lobster Skewers anyone?) and sipping a perfectly matched wine alongside them.
3) Bistro 217: This is, like, the quintessential cozy anniversary and celebration spot, so it’s no wonder they stock more-than-a-handful of sparkling wines and champagne. Brunch begs for a mimosa (at the bargain price of $5), but they also can offer you a bottle of ’02 Dom Perignon. Brace yourself for a hefty bill, though, as that bottle will run you close to two hundred bucks. However, if it’s a party of two, who can realistically finish an entire 750mL of bubbly without getting a little too, um, tipsy? We love the idea of splitting a split, and for $8 the Chandon Brut is more than adequate. After you toast your marriage / new job / kids moving out of the house and so forth, travel north on their wine list to find some fun and fabulous wines by the glass or bottle. We like the way they’ve arranged their varietals: some fall under the traditional titles (“chardonnay,”“cabernet sauvignon”) while many wind up under blanket terms such as “friendly reds”or “fresh and fun.”These are good barometers of what’s headed your way, as a glass of Pine Ridge Chenin/Viognier blend is both as fresh and fun as it gets. And paired with Fried Green Tomatoes and Oysters? Wow. Watch as the zippy citrus and clean mouthful cut right through the bleu cheese and bacon cream sauce, as well as elevating oysters  to an explosively flavorful level.

There are many other spots to check out, but we like these finds because they’re so easy to get to from Litchfield by the Sea.

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Happy Hour: Quigley’s Pint & Plate

Located in Pawleys Island, Quigley’s Pint & Plate restaurant features low country inspired comfort food along with freshly brewed ales & lagers in an English pub atmosphere. Both the ales & lagers and upscale pub food are always fresh and made in-house.

Quigley’s Pint & Plate offers customers a variety of specials & entertainment each day of the week, including discounted drink and food specials, all-you-can-eat shrimp specials, team trivia, karaoke, and more. Our daily Happy Hour in the bar is from 4-7 p.m. and features $2 pints, $3 house wines & liquors, and discounted appetizers.

Click HERE for the menus.

Eight beers are always on tap at Quigley’s, including special beers brewed seasonally in our in-house brewery. Regular and seasonal beers are listed HERE

 Quigley’s Pint and Plate 257 Willbrook Blvd.  Pawleys Island, SC 23195   (843) 237-7010

Insider Tips: Happy Hour

South Strand (Surfside, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys)

Backfinz – 7.5
Bliss Restaurant & Lounge – 7.7
Blue Crab – 6.9

Borgata – 8.0
Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties – 6.7
Brick House Lounge – 7.0

Captain Dave’s Dockside/Bubba’s Love Shack – 6.8

Causeway Grill & Raw Bar – 6.6
Charleston Cafe – 6.7

Cooter’s Backyard Bar – 7.2

Creek Ratz – 5.8
Crystalite Cafe – 7.5
**Dead Dog Saloon – 7.1
Garden City Beach Bar & Grill – 6.9

Gilligan’s Steamer & Raw Bar – 7.2
 Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana – 6.3

Island Bar & Grill (North) – 8.2
Island Bar& Grill (South) – 7.7
Jackson’s Inlet Bar & Grill – 6.6
Jasper’s Sports Grille – 7.3

K-Rae’s Pub – 7.3
La Playa – 6.3
Marlin Quay Bar – 7.1
O’Keefe’s Irish Pub  – 7.4

On The Half Shell – 6.6
Pawleys Island Tavern – 7.3
Quigley’s Pint & Plate  – 7.8
Salt Creek Cafe
 – 7.7
Sandy Monkey – 6.3
Scotty’s Beach Bar– 6.1

Southside Pattys  – 6.6
Southside Raw Bar – 7.1

Spencer’z – 7.4 
Stadium Club – 6.3
Suck Bang Blow – 7.0
Surfside Live / It’s Beer 30 – 6.6
Uncle Tito’s – 6.2
Vienna’s Pizzeria & Sports Pub – 7.8
Webster’s Tavern – 6.6

** The Dead Dog experienced a fire on 2/22/12 that will temporary close the restaurant.

Restaurant Review: Bove Restaurant Pawleys Island

9/10/11 CLOSED – read more HERE

Reminiscent of their family heritage and culture,  Bove is continuing the legacy of “Mama Lee Bove” who entertained politicians, entrepreneurs, clergy, celebrities and a small group of Good Ella’s in the living room of her home for over 40 years.

Travel back in time to where the passion of the table began, where quintessential hospitality was not part of the training but inherent to the culture.

At Bove Lee’s grandson Peter Bove Ryan carries on the legacy with his incompar– able culinary talents combining his new interpretations of the bouty of the Southern Table.

Peter’s innovative new cuisine and his talent for marrying unusual ingredients are fast creating a new group of excited Pawleys Island diners. Pawkeys Island is the culinary jewel at the tip of the Grand Strand. The small hamlet hosts some of the best restaurants on the Coast and is fast becoming a culinary destination.

Bove offers small pilates, salads, pastas, main courses and daily specials.

Click HERE to see menus

Bove Restaurant 11359 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island, SC  (843) 237-7200
Monday – Saturday 5-10 with happy hour 5-7pm

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