One Grande Wine, Please. Starbucks Expands "Evening Menus" with Alcohol and Small Plates

Would you go to Starbucks for an evening date? The coffee chain is expanding its offerings in hopes that you will

In an effort to make Starbucks more than just a coffee (and public restroom) destination, the company has been quietly rolling out a new concept called Starbucks Evenings designed to turn the chain into more of a night spot.

According to the Huffington Post, 17 Starbucks locations across the country are now offering beer, wine and a menu of small bites including a brie and blue cheese plate (pictured above), bacon-wrapped dates, crudités and smoky chipotle hummus, flatbreads and chocolate fondue.

The menu is available after 4 p.m., designed to attract a happy hour or after-work crowd. According to the company, “After 4 p.m., you’ll experience a more mellow, less hurried atmosphere perfect for winding down and having casual conversations.” Fancy!

If you’re expecting a wine list similar to what you’d find on an airplane, you might be pleasantly surprised. Wines vary by location, but the Los Angeles menu includes a choice of three reds and whites, plus prosecco and a sparkling rosé.

The regular Starbucks food and beverage menu will still be available at night, so you can still get a Frappuccino with those bacon-wrapped dates if you’re so inclined. Although if you’re on a date, that might not be a good idea.

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