No, I’m not trapped under a rock. Today I turn 30 plus one day, you see, and I had a very eventful birthday weekend with lots of food in the company of family and friends. I would’ve told about it much sooner but with my and D’s family in town for the big celebration, time was scarce.
The official bash was on Saturday at Bin No. 18, a wine bar. And it turned out beautifully.
When D decided to throw me a birthday party, we considered several places and in the end were set on UVA69, but when they were slow to respond we called Bin No. 18. I’m glad we did. Owner Alfredo Patiño took me in and helped me plan out everything for the party, making me feel confident that it would be well taken care of.
Bin No. 18 is a warehouse-like space with lots of charm. Offsetting the roughness of its exposed pipes and industrial-looking floors are plush couches, big mirrors and hanging from its high ceilings, delicate chandeliers. Aside from its wine selection, it offers an array of imported beers and great food. D and I had been there twice previously and enjoyed it. Mostly it’s a laid back place where you can have a good time.
For the party we went with what’s party-like. We arranged for a variety of tablas – cheese and charcuterie platters for our 25 guests. Bin No. 18 offers three varieties: Italian, Spanish and French. We chose Italian and Spanish. And there was cava.
I was most impressed by the caring and professional service of Alfredo, Adrian and his staff. They handled my crazy friends gracefully and didn’t leave anyone unattended,Â handing each arriving guest a glass and pouring them cava while it lasted.
The tablas were a big success too. I didn’t know half of what I was eating because I missed Adrian’s explanation of each of its components while I was mingling with the crowd but everything was delicious.
At midnight, at the start of my birth day, we ate cake. There was chocolate cake and there was mango cake, but I’m leaving those for another post.
We kept Bin No. 18 open later than expected but no one seemed to complain. I really couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift: sharing food and drink in the company of those I love most. And to them, the warmest thank you.
Bin No. 18
275 NE 18th St.
[tags] Bin No. 18, birthday, wine bars [/tags]