Prospect – 5 Points New Wine Bar

The concept is a casual wine bar, a gathering place for people to share small plates and enjoy being together.

Walking up Margaret St toward Prospect in 5 Points brought back so many memories. The space is familiar, most will probably remember it as O’Brothers, though it has been several different restaurants and even a small brewery. But once you taste their food, I think you will remember Prospect for its own merits.

The concept is a casual wine bar, a gathering place for people to share small plates and enjoy being together – “the wine and menu are all about promoting gathering” according to co-owner Sheree Kentwell. And wow is it worth a stop in. Their outside covered patio and additional picnic tables outside allow for plenty of room to enjoy a meal or drinks in the open air. The outdoor space is super dog-friendly, and they welcome all the fur babies with treats. Additionally, the very cute indoor bar and dining room are great, as well. There is even an upstairs room that guests can reserve for private gatherings, think girls’ night out or birthday parties.

This locally owned establishment - Kentwell says, “we literally live at the end of the street” - wants to fill a gap in the already busy 5 Points Area. Kentwell, and her partner Jon Choomchaiyo, chose to relocate to Jacksonville from the Denver area and chose wine as the focus for their establishment. They hope patrons will enjoy a casual atmosphere that gives friends a chance to get together and hangout. The menu was built to be centered around having a drink and made to accommodate their wine selection. Menu items were created to be shared amongst the group.

By my calculations, they are the only real wine-focused bar in the 5 Points Area. They also serve some custom cocktails and craft beer, but the star of the show is the food here. We shared the bruschetta board, which provided three separate, very flavorful bruschettas, and the Ahi Tuna and Avocado Stack which was super fresh and delicious. We heard the Beef Short Rib Sliders will make anyone happy, so we will have to head back to try those! They are using local ingredients and focusing on the flavor. I paired the food with the California Dreaming wine flight (3 – 3 oz pours) – a trio of reds which offered a good variety of flavor – it was nice to try three new wines without commit. They offer 5 different flights and a wide selection of wines.

I recommend stopping by for happy hour to give it a try, especially since they offer happy hour every day, including the weekend. During happy hour wines are $3-$4 a glass and craft beers are just $4. 5 Points is only minutes from Downtown and offers a huge variety of restaurants, bars, shops and parks for visitors. Located within the historic Riverside-Avondale, it’s a place visitors should add to their city itineraries.

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