June Wine bar is a nice, cozy little place in Cobble Hill that specializes in natural wines. They have a huge, diverse wine list, but there are plenty of affordable options (and you don’t have to be a wine nerd to have a good time here). Come with a few good friends, or - even better - come with a date. It’s a pretty ideal spot for that (although the tables are a little close together). If the weather’s nice, we highly suggest the back patio.
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