These days, there are few things that Greenville doesn’t have in terms of restaurants and bars. A rooftop wine bar was one of them until early April, when SIP opened its doors on Main Street. Overlooking the newly landscaped Piazza Bergamo, this indoor-outdoor venue is one cool place to kick back.
Owner Jason Fletcher, an IT-consultant-turned-restaurateur whose High Street Hospitality Group includes The Green Room, Ford’s Oyster House, and The Loft at Falls Park above Ford’s, envisions SIP as “a laid-back lounge where guests can have an accessible and unintimidating wine-tasting experience.” And it is.
Inside, high communal tables flank the bar, and a self-serve Wine Emotion machine allows guests to sample 40 fine wines from around the globe at by-the-glass prices ranging from $8 to $80. “Instead of having to buy a $300 bottle of wine, now you can try an affordable taste of it here,” explains Fletcher. Try a 1.5-ounce pour, perhaps a Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand or a Bodegas Avanthia Godello from Spain. Like it? The machine can also dispense a 3-ounce pour and a 5-ounce glass.
The menu adds another 75 wines to the mix, including tableside sangria service. Designed for parties of two to six, pitchers of sweet sangria are stirred up à la minute with fresh fruit in white- or red-wine versions (with sauvignon blanc, rosé, or spicy rioja, serving as the base). Since the sangria is mixed at your table, feel free to ask the server to customize the ingredients to your liking. A selection of cheese, charcuterie, raw veggies, breads, and spreads are available for noshing.
On SIP’s sprawling outdoor space, stylishly casual couches and chairs provide plenty of comfy places to lounge and sip while gazing out at leafy treetops and twinkling lights after dark. From this vantage point, you could be in the Napa Valley or on a rooftop in Paris. Click your ruby slippers together. Let the feeling transport you.