I came here with my husband to celebrate my last day of work. We'd planned to have dinner, but instead decided to sample the happy hour menu, paired with a flight of scotch that we shared. The HH menu is great: two pages of various international cheeses, plus other goodies like crabcakes, mac & cheese, skewers, olives, asparagus, grilled prawns, fingerling potatoes with dipping sauces, and other morsels. We also shared a caesar salad that was perfectly dressed, with lots of tangy parmesan cheese.
It's too bad that with its location high above the Des Moines marina, S&V doesn't have a view. But the interior is so nicely done, with a beautiful back bar and great seating, polished wood everywhere you look, and soothing lighting, you only briefly regret the lack of a view. We enjoyed our time here. The service was great, we chatted with the owner about single malt, and read through the extensive wine list in preparation for our next visit, which will definitely include dinner.
A few other comments: Scotch & Vine usually has beer, wine, or scotch events on the calendar. It might be a visit by a Washington winery, or a whiskey appreciation class. On Sunday and Monday, happy hour is all day long. Expect to find live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
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