Tucked inside Dilworth's Latta Pavilion is a new wine bar.
It's so well-hidden – owners are waiting for a sign to be delivered – you feel like you're stepping into a Prohibition-era speakeasy when you stumble across it.
Yn (a play off the periodic table) opened Friday behind 131 Main.
The Scene: Adding to Yn's speakeasy feel is the dark and cozy atmosphere inside the space. Copper gas lamps provide a warm glow off the copper-topped bar. High-top tables, bar seating and a small lounge area with dark leather sofas provide seating for up to 50 people. A terra-cotta-tiled floor, throw rugs and the wood-beamed ceilings add extra warmth.
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And for the women, the best part about the bar is in the little things. Designers added hooks underneath the bar to hang your purse instead of putting it on the floor or in your lap.
My only complaint about the place? The main door faces Latta's parking garage. Not exactly a nice view. The owners could easily remedy that by frosting the glass.
The smoke-free bar serves small plates of food ($5-$13) from the kitchen of sister restaurant 131 Main, including shortrib, ahi tuna and smoked salmon nachos.
The wine list isn't intimidating. Manager Jeff Kellogg tells me they wanted to keep it accessible for wine novices. Wines (about 30 of them) are well-organized, reasonably priced and grouped in threes if you want to try a flight. Flights come with informative cards about each of the wines you're tasting.
The Crowd: Mostly groups of young professionals in the 25-35 age range who passed through on their way out to dinner.
The Music: Subtle soft rock played at a comfortable volume, making it easy to carry on a conversation with your date.
The Details: 1315 East Blvd. Yn is open from 4-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.