The Wine Loft – Kalamazoo
I am not a social person. It takes me a long time to warm up to people and I’m not the type of person that will show up to a place and be instantly social.
The Kalamazoo are Twitter users have taken the idea of a “Tweet up” and ran with it. There are now monthly meetings of Twitter users in the area that are used as a networking opportunity. J has more to gain from this kind of interaction than I do, so we’ve actually talked about going, but never have.
The last Tweet up also doubled as a fundraiser for the Kalamazoo River oil spill. We missed most of that action, but near the end of the gathering, we started getting pressure via tweet to make an appearance. We were heading downtown anyway for the Blue Oyster Cult concert, so we decided to do a “pop in.”
Most of the tweet ups have been at The Wine Loft in downtown Kalamazoo. This one was too. The Wine Loft is one of those places we’ve been talking about going to since moving to Kalamazoo, but have never pulled the trigger on. I’m not much of a wine drinker and when we go out, I like to gorge myself on hamburgers. The Wine Loft does have a small plates menu, but we’ve never been really confident that we could make it a dinner.
We had already had dinner at Texas Roadhouse an hour or so earlier, so food wasn’t at the forefront of this visit. I did glance over the food menu and found several items that I wanted to try. J fell in love with the Goat Cheese Crostini’s at the Taste of Kalamazoo so we know the food is fantastic and will be worth a return trip.
Where The Wine Loft really sticks out is the incredible atmosphere. The space is more of an upscale bar with lounge chairs instead of pub tables. It’s very relaxed and very conducive to conversation.
The tweet up was winding down when we got there, but there were a couple people we did already know so we pulled up a couple chairs next to a table by them and started looking over the drink menu.
I knew I was just going to get a beer, but J was up for a glass of wine. Since we’re not hard core wino’s, looking at a menu doesn’t do much for either of us. There was no way I could order for her, so I just told J to go to the bar and figure it out with the bartender. I was confident he could pick out something she would enjoy.
A few minutes later, she came back with a bottle of Oberon for me and a glass of wine for herself. Those two drinks were not cheap. The tab was $11. My beer was over $4 which is pretty pricey even for Bell’s.
We spent about an hour at The Wine Loft before heading over to the Arcadia Creek Festival Place. We were both in awe just of the feel of the place. It really is a cool, relaxing place to hang out. A band had set up in the corner near us and started playing and even that didn’t effect the conversation too much.
There will most definitely be a return trip to The Wine Loft. Next time, we will obviously dig in to some of their food menu. I’m curious about the Mini Filet Sliders, Old World Cheese Ravioli, and the American Sliders. J already knows she loves the Goat Cheese Crostini’s and actually craves them.
Don’t expect the Wine Loft to be a cheap night out, but get past that because you’re really missing out on a true gem in downtown Kalamazoo if you don’t.