their "honor bar," you pour yourself a glass of wine from a choice of
one sparkling and three each whites and reds. On the night I visited,
$4.50 to $19 for 3-oz. tastes, $9 to $28.50 for 6-oz. glasses, tax
included (and you don't need to tip yourself). Alternatively, you can
pour a three-wine taste flight ($25 / $28), which comes with a printout
of notes by sommelier Emily Wines. There's also a full bar, but if you
want anything from it you'll have to flag down a server. Apparently
the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has a problem
with self-service hard liquor.
Fifth Floor is also hosting a
series of "beverage battles" in which Wines challenges two of her
colleagues to come up with the best pairings for a five-course meal.
Tonight at 7:30 is Battle of the Sommeliers, with Wines, Brian Cronin,
and Paul Einbaum (formerly of Coi) representing old world wines, new
world wines, and "anything but wine." On Wednesday, March 18, with a
Gascon-inspired vegetarian menu, Wines's wines will go up against beers