Best Day-to-Night Transition

Northside Social
3211 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, (703) 465-0145
Like an Ann Taylor dress with a slightly plunging neckline, Northside Social makes a seamless day-to-night transition. When the sun’s out, the neighborhood hang serves as a coffee shop. Baristas build lattes out of Counter Culture coffee and Trickling Springs milk that you can pair with pastries in the morning and sandwiches in the afternoon. But when laptops flip shut for the evening at 5 p.m., the upstairs area at Northside Social becomes a cozy, candlelit wine bar. Wine Director Sonja Eberly says it has a “speakeasy” vibe, but more and more people seem to be in the know. As they should: The wine bar has happy hour each night of the week, and Eberly is pouring fun, unexpected wines like an 11-year-old Rioja and orange wine.