You don't have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy Sixty Vines. In fact, quite the opposite: The less wine know-how you have, the more you can explore the dozens of vintages and varietals the restaurant serves on tap.

That's just one of reasons suburbanites have been buzzing about the business since it opened in Plano near the Dallas North Tollway and Park Road in 2016. And soon, city dwellers in Dallas will get to see what the fuss is about without having to make the drive north. 

Sixty Vines opened its second location at the Hotel Crescent Court in Uptown Dallas on Monday, April 16.

Raise a glass to Sixty Vines, the wine bar that ate West Plano

From a design perspective, the Crescent could not be more different than the strip mall where Sixty Vines' original restaurant is located. But walk inside and patrons are greeted with the same lofty ceilings, clean lines and rustic accents that make the restaurant feel "more warm and handcrafted than corporate," as GuideLive's dining critic said in a review of the Plano outpost. (Sixty Vines is owned by Front Burner Restaurant, which also operates culinary concepts such as Velvet Taco, Whiskey Cake and Mexican Sugar.)

"Plano is such a successful location," says general manager Justin Shearin, "we just tried to bring [its vibe] to Dallas."

That includes the menu of wood-fired pizzas, inventive pasta dishes, charcuterie boards (including one on the dessert menu; see it in the photo gallery below), salads, entrees, and more. And, of course, the wine program.

Sixty Vines is so named for the number taps behind its bar. Fifty-two of them at the Dallas restaurant are dedicated to wine, says Shearin, and the other eight serve beer, cider and kombucha. Guests are normally seated with an iPad that reads like a wine encyclopedia and can filter by style, region or grape. The restaurant also has a proprietary brand called Vine Huggers, which includes about 10 different varietals from merlot to chardonnay.

Drinkers can order wine by the half-glass (2.5 ounces) or opt for one of Sixty Vines' recommended flights. Find something you like? Take it home in a 1-liter growler.

Sixty Vines' hummus appetizer comes with with red beet hummus, edamame hummus and crisped flatbread. You can event buy that rolling pin/serving dish.

Sixty Vines' hummus appetizer comes with with red beet hummus, edamame hummus and crisped flatbread. You can event buy that rolling pin/serving dish.

Rose Baca/Staff Photographer

One of the unexpected hallmarks of Sixty Vines is the shopping — nearly every item in the restaurant is for sale, from the decor to the dishware. Since opening, Shearin estimates it's sold more than 2,000 candles, the same rosemary-scented ones you'll smell burning in the bathrooms. Other popular items include the water glasses cut from wine bottles and a rolling pin that doubles as a serving dish for the hummus appetizer.

There are a few elements that make the new Sixty Vines distinctly Dallas. For one, Shearin is expecting a younger crowd and bigger nighttime scene, so the restaurant has more lounge-style seating than its predecessor. Patrons can also get a table outside in the Crescent courtyard.

This summer, the restaurant is adding a separate "greenhouse" dining space along Cedar Springs Road that will be equipped with its own 10-tap bar and a retractable roof for when the weather is nice, Shearin says.

Sixty Vines begins serving dinner on April 16, with plans to add lunch and brunch service shortly thereafter.

Sixty Vines, 500 Crescent Ct., Suite 165, Dallas.

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