Best New Wine Bar - 2001
33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar
It's sleek, it's urban -- but best of all, Jake Hafner's experiment in bringing a tasting room to Lafayette Square lets you sit and quaff any over-$20 at a café table for the same price you'd pay if you took it home (which you can do, because the place is a retail wine store as well. Under-$20 wines have a $5 corkage fee added to drink them on the premises.). Hafner, a certified sommelier, has about 150 distinct choices available, most in the affordable range but also including Bordeaux first-growths and other high-end choices. The name, by the way, refers to the year Prohibition was repealed.