Wine bar aims to make wine more accessible

Courtesy Post Off

Post Off, a Grand Rapids “wine bar for misfits,” opened in late summer to offer high quality vintages at cheap prices.

The bar, at 952 E Fulton St., seats about 25 guests indoors to comply with social distancing guidelines and also has an attached garage and patio, each of which can seat another 14 people.

General Manager Rob Hanks said the bar buys most of its stock on post off, a term meaning the warehouse is clearing out a previous vintage to make room for a new product, and vendors can buy the old vintage at a reduced price.

“We don’t like saying ‘clearance,’ because that usually means something’s wrong with the product,” Hanks said. “It’s just the warehouse wanting to make room for what’s new. We try to buy the best of what we can and pass the discount on to our customers. You’re getting it at a about a third of the price with us.”

“The wine we have is predominately natural, or responsibly produced wine,” added Bar Manager Sean Stearns. “Nothing we sell has any additives.”

Running under the mantra of “responsible wine for irresponsible people,” Post Off aims to refute wine’s reputation for being fancy, inaccessible or exclusive. Guests are encouraged to come and have a drink, whether they are in suit or on a skateboard, the company said on its website.

Hanks added Post Off has some ambition to add food in the future in the form of small plates and charcuterie boards.

“We’ve been advocating for people to get takeout and bring it in here, and we can pair drinks with what they get,” Hanks said. “We’re a block away from Cherry Street with Greenwell, Maru Sushi and Brewery Vivant.”

Besides wine, Post Off also serves a variety of Amaros – Italian herbal liqueurs – and Amaro cocktails.

Post Off is owned by Bernie Kersten, owner of Big O’ Café, Side Bar and Buffalo Traders Lounge.

Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 4-11 p.m.

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