If you have NEVER been to the Grape + Bean at 118 South Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, shame on you. Grape + Bean is by far one of Old Town Alexandria’s undiscovered treasures.
Grape + Bean is a retail Wine Shop (a tremendous wine selection), a Coffee beanery, and a Wine + Tasting Bar serving wines by the glass and a food menu (at dinner, lunch + brunch). They are in one of Alexandria’s quaint, old buildings which enables them to offer a warm, intimate, and comfortable environment with exposed beams, and original brick and wood floors. They also offer classes in wine basics among other offerings.
They do not accept reservations so if you’re going, be prepared to wait for a table. While you’re waiting for a table, sit at the wine bar and enjoy the best wine and cheese in town.
Better yet, I’m going to let David Gwathmey and Sheera Rosenfeld, the husband and wife co-owners of the Grape + Bean, to tell you the story of the business. Be sure to check it out!