BarHopper: Serve Yourself at Bodovino 

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Kelsey Hawes

Unleash your inner sommelier. Bodovino has a very classy feel, which is to be expected of a wine bar. It's the perfect place to educate—and then flaunt—your inner wine snob, or silently sip in the corner and hope no one judges what you're drinking. I brought my outer wine snob with me to help out. He bandied around wine words like "tannins" and could pinpoint which region of the French countryside his favorite "old world" wines came from. My inner self, on the other hand, asked mature questions like, "On the adult scale, is this wine more or less adult-y?"

Can't wine about the selection. Bodovino has dozens of wines on tap, all divided up by region and variety. For the truly intrigued, there is a $900 bottle of 2009 Bordeaux Blend sitting behind the counter.

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  • Kelsey Hawes

How does it work? The thing that makes Bodovino special is that the wine taps are self-serve. The first time you visit, you purchase a Bodovino card and add as much money to it as you'd like. Each wine case has a slot that works as a chip reader for the card. Once you put your card in, you can select a taste, half- or full pour of your chosen beverage. The beauty of this is it allows you to compare, contrast and sample as many varieties as you want. Just don't, I beg of you, do as a friend jokingly suggested and mix as many wines as possible into a single glass. Odds are you'll end up on the sidewalk, rear end first.

What's the happiest hour? All day Sundays, Saturdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and weekdays 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close; $1.99 mimosas, $2.99 sangria and a selection of happy hour wines half-off.

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