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“Love the Bar, Hate the Hours!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Grapes Of Rat Wine Bar & Bottle Shop

The Grapes Of Rat Wine Bar & Bottle Shop
Ranked #78 of 167 Restaurants in New Bern
Cuisines: Wine Bar, American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner
Description: The wine bar is a part of Captain Ratty's, which you do list. However, it seems to be a separate entity also. (The menu varies a bit, etc.) Maybe there should be a separate listing for the wine bar and bottle shop?
New Bern, North Carolina, United States
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13 reviews
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“Love the Bar, Hate the Hours!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

I first must say that I LOVE this little wine bar. It's discreetly located above Captain Ratty's Seafood, and is such an artsy little establishment for business professionals and friends just wanting to get together. They offer wine samplers (you can sample 4 glasses of wine for one price). They have great wine selections in general, and their tapas selection is great. A variety of cheese plates and small dishes are available, and I just love it.
The ONE downside, and I do mean the one, is their hours. They have a policy that they'll stay open til the last person leaves, but they've lost so much business from us theatre-goers due to their closing down. It would be 10PM, and we'd have a group of 20 heading over there to enjoy wine, but they'd be closed. Two nights later, they may be open. I would advise them to revise their policy. They are a wine bar, who should stay open til midnight for sure. Also, be sure to call ahead for seating and hours.

Visited October 2012
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New Bern, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Trendy setting, friendly service--and fine wine to explore”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

Looking for a sophisticated yet friendly spot for a quiet glass of wine? Then look beyond--or should I say, above--the steak-and-seafood-house atmosphere you can see through the plate glass windows at Captain Ratty's. The Grapes of Rat, a wine bar tucked away on the second floor, brings a hint of urban style to New Bern's quaint downtown. In a room resembling an well designed "wine library" decorated in warm colors and subdued lighting, you have the opportunity to sample fine wines personally vetted by proprietor Wes Balance. Whether you are an aficionado, or just learning to appreciate wine, you will benefit from his easygoing expertise. While The Grapes of Rat looks upscale, the prices are down-to-earth: think $6.95 and up for a glass, with bottles going up from the low teens all the way up to "splurge." The room features charming bistro tables, comfy armchairs, and a handsome banquet-sized wood dining table. There's a rotating menu of wines by the glass, with some interesting tapas-style accompaniments to choose from (you can also order from the regular dinner menu). In addition, for sampling there or to take home, there's an array of bottles invitingly displayed with descriptions and pricing to guide you. n a town that tends to roll up the sidewalks early, it's a pleasure to have a sophisticated place to go after a movie or concert, or after a long drive to your hotel: The Grapes of Rat is open LATE on weekends. Mid-week, the place puts together affordable ($10 as of now) themed tasting events pairing wines and light appetizers. Oenophiles rejoice!: a gem.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Bern, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“impeccable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2012

perfect for ladies night out OR date night.
service & ambiance are impeccable.
food is great.
prices fair.

wednesdays $10 wine tastings from 530 to 730!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah P
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“Not as Good as Last Time, But Still Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

We ordered the french toast, just as we had our first trip in. It was not as tasty- and very soggy. I'm not sure if it was melted butter (if it was, there was no taste) or raw egg. It was relatively hot so I think it was cooked, but in general, it was tasteless compared to the first visit.

We tried the berry bowl- which is just like what we experienced on the west coast. It was great. I'm so happy to have this option in New Bern. We'll definitely go back. I wish they had extended brunch hours on Sunday but I suppose that would conflict with sharing the kitchen with Ratty's.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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