Saturday, October 24, 2015

Secret Cellar -- Kent, OH


Wednesday night my friends and I went out to the Secret Cellar for a mid-week evening out. As I mentioned in my Grapes in a Glass review, my friend Dennis has an affinity for wine and likes to try new wine bars around our area.

The Secret Cellar is located in downtown Kent underneath the Buffalo Wild Wings. It is slated as a Gatsby-era speakeasy. The lights are dimmed and the decor channels a time when simple-elegance guided decor styles and jazz music was at a forefront. The Secret Cellar hosts many musical acts throughout the week, we intentionally chose a night we no live music, because we wanted to get the over all ambiance of the location.

When Dave and I arrived there were only two people at the bar, the bartender told us that Tuesday and/or Wednesday is usually a slow night for the Secret Cellar. As a result our group got to sit in the comfy "VIP" area -- which is a large alcove with couches, tables and ottomans.




Once everyone arrived and we got settled, we got down to the wine business. The Secret Cellar had BOGO wine flights that evening, we got sixteen glasses of wine for $14. The three of us who were more adventurous split the two flights and each ordered an additional glass of wine for ourselves.


All of the appetizers had speakeasy type names -- such as Sidecar, Hotsy Totsy, Bees Knees. I was a bad blogger who didn't write them all down, because I was ravenously hungry and well into my wine flight at this point, so please forgive me.

Two of us ordered the hummus which Dave and I thoroughly enjoyed. 



Steph and Preston ordered the caprese. 



Dave and I also ordered some cheese fondue.



And Dennis ordered the chocolate fondue. 



Overall, we had zero complaints about the food. Everything paired nicely with our wines and was easy to eat. we only had one small table in our area, but were able to make up for it by using the ottomans.

The lighting overall was pretty dim, but we got some photos of just outside our "VIP" area. 




Overall, we had a good experience at the Secret Cellar. The bartender was friendly and helpful, the ambiance was nice, we enjoyed the food and our wine. Of course, it helped that we visited on a slow night. Apparently a group of people in their late twenties with full times jobs are the only people who like to go out and unwind on a Wednesday night. We'll probably visit the Secret Cellar again on a night when they have live music, due to its close proximity to us and the fact that we are often downtown,

My rating for the Secret Cellar:


That cost include half of the wine flight price, two appetizers, one glass of wine and tip. 

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