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EatBeat: The Blind Monk Wine Bar Opens in Downtown West Palm Beach Today

August 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Be among the first to check out The Blind Monk, a wine bar on Evernia in downtown West Palm Beach that opens at 3 p.m. today.

The smallish spot (950 or so square feet) is the concept of Ben Lubin, a former Marine who did grad studies in international affairs before deciding to launch a wine bar. And why?

“I am from West Palm Beach, and when I came back (after tours of Asia, Afghanistan and Iraq), I couldn’t find anything around that I really liked to go to. There was something missing – something low-key and sophisticated. So I decided to open my own place.

“I’ve always enjoyed tasting wine and the whole experience – you drink it with good food, good friends or loved ones, and are in the moment. The cares of the day are left behind for a while,” he said.

Bubble glass for lights and ‘motion’ art

The decor is tongue-in-cheek chic. Above the bar are spheres of glass, symbolizing Champagne bubbles. On the wall, old black and white films are shown – these are “motion art.” Leather seats and walls of wines fill out the comfortable room.

By the glass or bottle

More than 90 wines will be poured by the glass, and there are more than 300 bottles on a list that encompasses wines from around the world with what Lubin calls a “robust selection.” Prices start at $6 a glass, or $24 per bottle.

Cheese plates and other small wine-friendly plates are served – cold cuts, cold seafood, fresh fruits, crackers and dark chocolates are among the offerings. Both wine and food specials will be available on a weekly basis.

“We’ll start with Dom Perignon specials,” he said. The wine bar’s name references the noted Dom, a Benedictine monk who is said to have tasted grapes blindfolded to determine the best for his now infamous Champagne.

Non-wine selections will include 13 microbrews, a coffee bar with espresso and cappuccino, and sparkling juices.

The Blind Monk

  • 410 Evernia St., West Palm Beach
  • 561-833-3605
  • Open daily, 3 p.m.-1 a.m.

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