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Spring Is In Full Swing At Mainly Drinks

May 01, 2015 11:20PM ● By Corinne Moore
Spring is a time of revitalization, rejuvenation, and it is in full swing at Mainly Drinks, located at 223 West Main Street in La Porte’s historic Sharp building.

Owner Deb Gallington and staff have been hard at work spring cleaning and sprucing up the interior with fresh paint and contemporary flooring.

And in the kitchen, Mainly Drinks’ Executive Chef Jarrett Branch introduces a bold Southwestern-inspired menu just in time for this new season. Enjoy the Blue Corn Crusted Mahi or opt for a gluten-free dish such as the Pepper Jack Chicken Pasta. Gallington offers this warning in advance, “Yes, you can find your old favorite, but be prepared to find a new one, too!”

Since opening their doors as a coffee and wine bar in August 2011, Mainly Drinks has grown beyond “just drinks” to offer a complete lunch and dinner menu, live musical entertainment, and an art gallery hosting the works of local artists on a rotating basis.

Lunch is served beginning at 11 a.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

No matter the season, the live music is blooming at Mainly Drinks. The venue showcases local music on Thursday nights with Keith Adams beginning at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday nights from 8 to 11 p.m. There is an intimate feel between the musicians, artists, and patrons that one can only experience at Mainly Drinks.

The walls are adorned with wine bottles and local artists’ works from Art Walk by the Bay. “We are unique in many ways and one of those unique features is our ‘wall of wine’ which holds 756 bottles,” Gallington said. “We also have temperature-controlled storage for another 400 bottles.” The large and eclectic selection of wines can be purchased by the glass, the bottle, or to take home. Gallington and her staff can assist in finding the perfect wine for guests. Inquire about the more than 60 varieties of craft and micro-brewed beers not easily found anywhere else. They offer non-alcoholic beers as well.

Mainly Drinks offers reasonably priced craft beer and an extensive national and international wine selection. “No one beats our prices,” said Gallington.

Every Thursday, Gallington invites guests to explore the world of wine and beer with complimentary wine and beer tastings. The tastings begin at 5 p.m. and typically include two white wines, two red wines, and two beers. But the choices may include Gallington’s “new favorites” or even a seasonal kind. Also, there is a 10% discount on the “tasting bottles” if purchased the same night, this is in addition to the everyday 15% discount for retail purchases. Please note that an RSVP is a must for this event.

Besides alcoholic beverages, Mainly Drinks offers ultra-premium coffees roasted in small batches by a local roaster. The coffee is delicious and prepared to order. Also available are loose-leaf teas from Chai to Earl Grey to flavored greens to complement the coffee for those days when a perfectly brewed cup of tea sounds right. Relax in the pet-friendly courtyard under the umbrellas and enjoy the delightful breeze.

Mainly Drinks can host events on their second floor, dubbed “The Loft.” Private parties for up to 40 people are welcomed. Call 281-867-1700 for more information or to reserve for a wine-tasting event. Gallington suggests an RSVP on weekend dining, too.

Customer satisfaction and appreciation is important to the staff at Mainly Drinks. To say thank you to their faithful friends and guests, they offer a points-based rewards program called “Mainly Drinks Perks.” Join and get a $10 gift certificate mailed to you immediately! Mainly Drinks offers gift certificates and gift baskets of wine, beer, coffee, tea, or a combination for all occasions. Spring is the perfect time to stop and smell the roses, or even better, stop and visit Mainly Drinks to enjoy a wonderful meal, a bottle of wine… or a cup of coffee.

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