Inman Park gets a Spanish edge
Until someone finally makes that Merlot-flavored Zagnut, you'll be happy to know that your next best option for a wine bar, Barcelona, is opening Monday to serve you 200+ wines and Spanish food aplenty in a gritty industrial space with an iron gate splitting its wood beam-walled main area and subway-tiled open kitchen, whose marble bar's illuminated by chain-hung, railroad track-esque light fixtures and accented with a bull's head -- hopefully Toni Kukoc's, as his Croatian diction is quite striking
Get cheesy with choices like rosemary goat's milk (Cabra Romero), which you can pair with sweet/salty aged Soria chorizo and thin-sliced Jamón serrano, or keep it tapas-style with blistered Padron peppers, merguez, head-on Gulf white prawns, or "raciones" like grilled lamb chops and monk fish, a dish you'll want to share nun of
Since the whole idea here is to drink wine, you shouldn't leave without trying Spanish varietals by the glass such as Bodegas Olarra Reserva, plus bottles like Portugal's Alvarinho Minho and Wölffer Estate Chardonnay from Long Island, which's "well balanced by vibrant acidity", which you can also experience if you cut off a Mitsubishi Evo on the way to Roosevelt Field on the LIE
Keep those teetotalers reeling with cocktails like the SoNo Southerner (bourbon/lemon juice/honey syrup), blood orange margaritas, and classics like the tequila/ cacao/ orange Azteca, which’s garnished with a whole star anise, which in Croatian is translated as "Toni Kukoc anise".