Steve and Karen Severance will be the first to admit that opening a wine bar wasn’t on their checklist of things to do in life. But after years of traveling for fun visiting wineries all over the world, hosting wine tastings in their home, and developing a vast knowledge of what great wine should taste like, even their friends argued no one was more cut out for the opportunity.
“They kept saying, ‘Why don’t you do something with wine?’” Steve said with a laugh. He and Karen were in between jobs when they began looking into the wine business four years ago. “It was a chance for us to try something new, and one thing led to another. We jumped in with both feet — never having done it before. It’s been a new and fun experience, and hopefully, we’ve created something special for the community.”
Steve’s Wine Bar opened in 2016 on Hickory Street before moving not even a block away to 111 Industrial last spring. In that time, the Severances have created an inviting spot for Dentonites who like the idea of having a neighborhood bar where they can enjoy a great glass (or bottle) of wine, local craft beers, and good conversation with friends. Adults who typically don’t hang out in a bar find themselves stopping by for a fun night out.
Guests can choose from a wide selection of more than 200 wines at Steve’s Wine Bar, which is also known for its live music, primarily jazz, along with wine tastings and wine events. They have a wine club, a patio to enjoy a beverage or cigar, a grand piano, and even dance lessons. Simply put, it’s a relaxing environment for you to kick back and let the worries of life disappear.
“We wanted to create a sense of community with this bar,” Karen said. “I think we’ve done that.”
Steve agreed, “The simplest goal for us was to make wine fun. We make it a point to get to know people, introduce them to other people, and make friends. From a personal touch, that interaction is important.”