Located at 647 South Ave., Solera and Cheshire double down and deliver on the upscale wine bar/creative cocktail bar vibe.
Throughout both spaces, the 1880s architecture adds quiet elegance to the ambience. Both bars were designed and created by John and Evvy Fanning.
A steadfast South Avenue spot since 2006, Solera was Rochester’s first wine bar; it has continued to flourish with its focus on small, family-owned wineries from around the world. The small bar area is surrounded by just a handful of tables, creating a sense of intimacy.
Flirting with a speakeasy vibe, Cheshire came on the scene in 2011 as a study in mixology. This sort-of secret bar—there’s no sign outside and it’s accessible only through a back staircase in Solera—serves up classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned and Mint Julep as well as some original creations in another small, intimate venue.
A bit of Cheshire’s cachet can be found in the Black Walnut Toronto cocktail, made with rye, orange and walnut bitters—and Riga Black Balsam.
The Riga is a Latvian herbal liqueur available at exactly two bars in the United States. Slip upstairs for one and enjoy feeling exclusive.