Refuel Wine Bar

Recently I posted on how important dating was for married couples to disconnect from the world and plug-in to each other.  It’s the busiest time of the year in the industrial construction industry and most definitely for my Audley.  He has been flying out on Monday and returning on Thursday or Friday each week.  We make sure we are enjoying quality family time with our teenagers each weekend, but I’m also making sure Audley knows that he is my number one.  With time limited right now our dates are often just a quick supper out while the kids enjoy pizza on their own.

Our last date night took us to downtown Spartanburg. We were actually headed out for sushi when we stumbled upon a newly renovated (and recently reopened under new management) little Wine Bar called Refuel.

 We had actually planned an early night out because we had extra teenagers at the house and we were so tired and wanted to be in early. Sushi dinner was the perfect option, but as we were cutting through what we thought was a wine shop, we discovered a lovely and intimate place that screamed “DATE NIGHT”.

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What attracted me to Refuel?

(Excuse the poor photography, I didn’t plan to restaurant review this particular night)

The interior….

A Cozy little sitting area for enjoying a glass of wine and chatting with friends.

A Cozy little sitting area for enjoying a glass of wine and chatting with friends.

SImple yet well-stocked bar.  So many options to choose from!

SImple yet well-stocked bar. So many options to choose from!

Exposed brick walls with art from a local artist

Exposed brick walls with art from a local artist

The fabulous wine selection…

Not a huge list, but one that was very satisfying to our palette

Not a huge list, but one that was very satisfying to our palette

Audley's flight for tasting

Audley’s flight for tasting

 Or the fact we were able to relax and indulge….

fruitandcheeseplatter

cheeseplatter

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Now I will be honest with you, critiquing the food really isn’t possible. I know we thoroughly enjoyed our supper, but with the smooth modern jazz in the dimly lit, intimate space and the sheer coziness of it all, the food just completed the package. It all went so well together.

Black and Blue Salmon Salad

Black and Blue Salmon Salad

I do know that the chef stopped by our table twice to make sure we were enjoying everything.

Refuel Wine Bar apparently has been around a couple of years, but recently was taken over by new management who have set out to give adults an enjoyable place for a night out. The staff was so friendly and met every need of ours, going above and beyond to see that we were well taken care of. The menu is limited, but that is a good thing as it keeps you from stressing over too many options when ordering! As I mentioned, we had gone out to supper before the evening rush, but Refuel often has live music or DJ’s on the weekend to make the night out a little more exciting.

Audley and I enjoyed going early because we were able to enjoy time alone. We were early enough in the evening that the supper crowd was actually arriving for reservations as we were leaving.  Does this mean we are old?

While our waiter totally met all of our needs, he realized this was a date night and let us enjoy our time together without rushing us out the door.  That was most appreciated!

As for dining at Refuel, I know that Spartanburg is not a premier vacation destination, but if you are traveling I-85 from Atlanta north, take an hour or so to stop in for a lovely supper out in our small, but revitalizing downtown.

Have you dined at a unique restaurant lately?  Would love to hear you favorites!

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  1. this sounds so perfect! Last restaurant we went too had an excellent review but I did not care for it because the tables were so close together you felt like everyone was listening to your conversation. ugh! Haven’t been back. P.S. We go out early also to avoid the crowds and I hate waiting in line for a table. 🙂

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