Becoming the Houston Wine Bar Examiner late 2009 was definitely
an honor and a challenge. Finding the most intriguing and noteworthy
wine bars and sharing that information with my readers, forced me
to get out of my comfort zone and venture out to places unknown to
me yet. A treasure hunt of sorts. So in keeping with that theme, here
is my latest favorite hidden jewel in the Clear Lake Area this year.
Allegria ~ A name chosen from a Bon Apetite' magazine because the
proprietor, Suzanne Streeman, liked the way it sounded. To those that
know their Italian, it means “Happiness”. She got it right either way.
Behind the unassuming facade of a small shopping center is where you
will find this little gem tucked away, at 15210 Hwy 3 in Webster, Tx.
Thankfully, this is the only commercial aspect of Allegria. Once you
walk through the front door, its as if you stepped into a portal that
somehow transported you to old New Orleans. From the baroque style
fixtures and eclectic mix of furnishings, to the cozy sofa pits and jazz
instrumentals wafting throughout, this place defies the commercial
aspect so common to strip center bars.
Whether you prefer to sit at the bar and watch the huge flat screen
TV or hide away in one of the cushioned alcoves with a book and a
glass of your favorite wine, your needs are accomodated here. Getting
comfortable here is easy and seems to come naturally.
Although the wine list is not so extensive as to be pretentious, there
are ample selections in a myriad of varietals. Fully licensed by TABC,
they also serve cocktails and beer along with an appetizer menu that
Monthly events that are hosted here include a Murder Mystery dinner,
wine tastings, Poetry nights, BYO Steak nights and Sunday Brunches.
To keep up with the dates and times of all these events, check the website
at www.allegriawinebar.com frequently. I plan on checking them all out!
And if you have no plans for New Years eve as of yet, there is still time
to RSVP here. A sumptuous buffet and champagne are included in the
$20 per person fee and a live DJ will be playing your favorite tunes.
Whether you bring friends or come and make some new ones, this will
be a wonderful way to ring the New Year in!