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    Armitage Wine Lounge & Cafe for the sophiticated and daring

    Kelsee Becker
    Kelsee Becker / Arizona Daily Wildcat Armitage Wine Lounge & Cafe, located on the first floor of La Encantada, offers an extensive list of wines, martinis, imported beers, and appetizers. A featured Happy Hour occurs 7 days a week, with live music on Tuesday and Sunday Nights.

    The atmosphere at Armitage Wine Lounge & Cafe is one of elegance and sophistication. Located at La Encantada shopping center in the Catalina Foothills, Armitage is a great place to relax with a mellow night of drinks and conversation.

    The lounge can be found on the first level of the shopping center, just below Blanco Tacos Tequila, and serves wine, martinis and domestic or imported beers, along with a few food options.

    Armitage has a large bar area and ample seating. The dim lighting, candles at every table that throw a soft yellow glow on the walls and dark wooden furniture give the lounge a rustic Tuscan vibe. While it gets livelier as the night progresses, Armitage maintains its laid-back atmosphere.

    The wine options are fairly extensive. Try a sauvignon blanc, merlot, riesling, pinot noir — the list goes on and on. The white sangria is sweet, cool and slightly tangy, with slices of citrus fruits mixed in.

    For martinis and cocktails, go hard with a traditional Manhattan or have a little fun with the Flirtini or Berry Berry.

    The Flirtini, which contains Three Olives Vodka, Champagne Float and Peach Schnapps, and the Berry Berry, made of Three Olives Raspberry Vodka, cranberry juice and Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, are a little milder for those who aren’t fans of heavier drinks.

    If you’re looking for a dessert drink, try the Thin Mint, a blend of Bailey’s Irish Cream, Godiva liqueur, Kahlua and crème de menthe.

    A variety of spirits including scotches, whiskeys, tequilas and other cordials are offered as well.

    Happy Hour runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to closing every day of the week. The kitchen closes at 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday through Saturday, but the lounge stays open later. The lounge also offers wine tasting every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    In addition to drinks, Armitage also offers sandwiches, salads, various brunch items and desserts.

    The service doesn’t stand out in any particular way, but it’s at least adequate.

    Whether you’re looking to plan a classy date or just spend a laid-back night out with friends, you can’t go wrong here. Armitage is the place to go for catching up and winding down, and when you’re done you can browse the stores in the gorgeous La Encantada shopping center.

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