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Relax with fine wine and spirits at Canoe Club

Anonymous • May 13, 2015 at 8:42 AM


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• WHAT: Canoe Club Wine Bar

• WHERE: 5831 E. Harbor Road, Marblehead

• HOURS: 3-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 3-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

• INFO: 419-960-7030 or canoeclubwinebar.com

The Canoe Club is a wine and spirits bar, as well as a dining and gallery space. Reservations are not required. Bottles of wine range from $20-40 and glasses range from $5-9. Menu items run about $6-13.

Nestled in Marblehead just around the corner from East Harbor State Park, you will find an extraordinary new wine bar with a modern approach yet subtle old world feel. In the few months since their opening day, it is refreshing to observe firsthand how the Canoe Club has drawn an eclectic crowd, sharing an enthusiasm for great wine, conversation and a relaxed ambiance.

Proprietor Mark LaGrange, a resident of both Avon and Marblehead, is also the creative

conscience behind Edison’s Pub, an import beer parlor located in Cleveland’s Tremont Art

District. Although the name Canoe Club bears no special meaning, LaGrange says the brand identity certainly resonates within a community proud of their Lake Erie heritage and nostalgic childhood memories.

Canoe Club accommodates a social yet intimate wine bar experience, designed specifically for cozy, open table settings throughout the dining, enclosed patio and al fresco seating area (reservations are not required). While jazz legend Louis Armstrong croons “La Vie en Rose” over the radio, patrons mingle while LeGrange and I chat, eventually strolling into the neighboring gallery space filled with works by several local artists.

In terms of interior décor, LaGrange sought exclusivity to the traditional chandelier, cleverly constructing a lighting installation with Barcelona-inspired mason jars — petite versions of which house signature Canoe Club cocktails, such as “The Marblehead Lighthouse” (their version of sangria) and the “Vintage Lemonade,” which is made with a blueberry vodka infusion and splash of 7UP.

“Many people are surprised we offer a full liquor bar,” said LaGrange. The bar is an added value to the overall amenities that the Canoe Club provides.   

Currently, wine offerings are by the glass or bottle, peppered with options from classic Italian, Spanish and California varietals to some rather interesting Chilean, Australian and Argentine labels. The menu is uniquely simplified and satisfying, including fresh, seasonal salads and small plates along with an array of Panini sandwich and wood-fired pizzas. I might suggest the traditional Margherita with a glass of Tepena — you simply cannot go wrong.

Featured desserts vary, but their constant, the s’mores, exceeds expectations of this staple campfire treat. They’re lightly toasted in the brick oven with a surprise addition of peanut butter. You’ll be speechless, but it’s worth every saved word.

The vision behind Canoe Club, LaGrange explains, is to create a “comfortable place without loud bands where you can meet new people and friends.” Fall plans include tasting flight selections, as well as Sunday brunch including crepes, mimosas and French press coffee. If this has not enticed you enough, take a moment and admire the 1954 canary yellow International Harvester pickup — the classic Canoe Club mascot, parked just outside.

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