Swirl Wine Bar 

Dining Description:  

Best Of 2013: Wine Bar

Andrew and Sharon Palmer took a good idea — connect a bar to the back of their wine shop, housed in a Victorian building in Manitou Springs, with tall ceilings and dark wood — and doubled down on it a few years later by closing the retail side and going all restaurant. The resulting "new" Swirl Wine Bar is one of the more distinctive places to imbibe craft booze and yummy down on thoughtful plates like speck-wrapped artichoke hearts. Get out back in the high-walled alley patio and commune with the falling ivy, fire pit and Christmas lights.— Bryce Crawford

Bites 2012

Located behind Swirl Wine Emporium, which will soon shrink a bit to make room for more bar space (and expanded tapas), your favorite wine bar serves simple but good meat-and-cheese platters, with rare and unique drink options. The parlor room and patio equally charm.

User Rating:  ★★★★★ ★★★★★ by 1 User

Price:  $$

Features:  Best Of

Neighborhood:  Manitou Springs/Ute Pass

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I've made sure all my dates take me there! Why? Because Max makes me feel like a movie star. No matter how much time goes by, he always greets me by name and makes me feel special and welcome!

The rooms in this old building offer some privacy, while everyone feels free to meander about. Max the sous chef is also fun to talk to: you will find him in the back room behind the bar. That didn't sound right. It's his station.

Follow the little brick path to the door on the side of the building to find the bar and say hello to Max for me, either one.

Posted by Parris Larrain on 05/07/2013 at 10:37 AM
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