Once you've enjoyed wild success, you're stuck with the unenviable position of having to top yourself; despite that pressure, Macaulay Culkin was able to blow the doors off Home Alone with his terrifying Oscar-worthy turn as The Good Son. Boldly stepping up an already impressive game, BottleRock downtown.
Expanding on the rampaging success of its Culver City brother, the new BottleRock works the same concept (huge wine selection available retail to-go, or to drink in-house) in a 4x-larger space decked with floor-to-ceiling wood wine shelves, tree trunk tables, a granite bar, and countertops made from recycled wine & beer bottles, and boasts a small-plates menu that dwarfs the original's, despite the stuff being so small. Said plates're from an ex-Providence guy, and include wine-shop standbys like 13 cheeses and various charcuterie (duck rilette, speck, etc), plus new heartier fare, divided into three sections: fishes (e.g., brulee golden eye snapper w/ pickled veggies), meats (pork belly risotto w/ vialone nano rice), and "vegetables", including stuff like agnolotti w/ dates & bacon, suggesting that perhaps you've liked vegetables all along. For imbibing, the 1000+ wines range from $15 to $1500 (though most're nicely affordable), almost all of which they'll open if at least two glasses're ordered; there're also 13 international brews on tap (Pasadena's Craftsman, Quebec's Le Fin du Monde) as well as a slew of specialty bottled suds, like cherry-tinged Ommegang Rouge, creamy Allagash Curieux, and chocolaty Telegraph Stock Porter, which you won't be able to -(STOP)- drinking.
Like its predecessor, Downtown's BottleRock'll be offering special tasting nights, as well as offering 10% off your bar check if you snag a bottle of wine to take with you, ensuring you won't be sad, even if you are Home Alone.