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Bed-Stuy: Therapy Wine Bar seeking full liquor license

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According to Citizen Who, Therapy Wine Bar just got community board approval for a full liquor license. That's pretty big news in my part of Bed-Stuy, an area where the only real bar for maybe half a mile is Casablanca Lounge, the old man bar down the block from me.

Open for over a year now, I was pretty excited when I first heard about Therapy opening on Lewis Avenue. Tammi and I have been there a few times and I've gone in by myself for a glass of wine and to get a little work done.

See a bit more of what's inside after the jump.

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Therapy is designed well for a very comfortable experience. You can sit up front in the window, bend elbows at the bar or lounge in the plush couches and arm chairs in the back. There's a deck in the backyard and on warmer days you can sit under the trees and feel like you've gotten away from it all for a little while.

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I like this place. I do. The people are friendly, the place is comfortable. But here's the thing, the wine just isn't that good. I've avoided posting about Therapy for a while in the hopes that over time they'd get the list together and put on some quality bottles. It hasn't happened.

The list is supposed to be focused on new world wines, which is fine. I've had amazing local wine when in California, Argentina, and the Pacific Northwest.

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The problem is that pretty much every wine on the list is excessively sweet and young and cheap. There isn't any real variety. I'm speaking entirely of the reds. I suppose it's possible that Therapy has an amazing variety of white wines and I'm missing out of in. That seems unlikely though.

On top of that, while the prices are relatively low, it doesn't really feel like a deal when I'm paying $30 for a bottle of wine I know sells as a budget wine at Olivino a block away.

I want to support Therapy because I love that it's in the neighborhood and think that it fills a gap I've long lamented in Bed-Stuy. All of this is to say that hopefully the addition of a full liquor license will find the place come into its own. I really want a reason to go back.



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