IF YOU GO
Zinful Lounge At Vandy’s
1089 N Collier Blvd.
MARCO ISLAND — There’s a new, quiet, trendy little corner on Marco that isn’t remaining a secret. You may have been there, or you’ve heard about it. It’s a cozy nook tucked inside of Vandy’s where friends can go for a quiet glass of wine or a martini. With cushy leather couches, low lighting and soft jazz music, the relaxing ambiance of Zinful Lounge at Vandy’s, is a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the day. But it’s not just the ambiance that has the island buzzing, it’s the wine.
“We have 53 wines available by the glass,” says Kevin Donlan, manager of Zinful. “Everyone thought this would be a great place, there is nothing like it on Marco.”
Zinful is one of those simple concepts that make people wonder why it hasn’t always existed. It’s not just that they sell wine by the glass or bottle, it’s the wines that they choose to sell. With their Wine Keeper system, they can sell every wine by the glass. So for those who would like to try that $100 bottle of Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet without the commitment, you can try a six-ounce glass for $30. Or you can get an Avalon California Cabernet for $6. With 53 wines available by the glass, there is something to suit any palate (and any budget).
“We have selections that meet everyone’s eye,” Donlan says. “And we offer a $5 selection every day.”
Wine connoisseurs will find malbecs, merlots, pinot noirs, chardonnays and many blends. There are also champagnes and ports. Lovers of martinis will find a clever selection of signature blends to choose from. To help get customers through their week, Zinful also holds Wine Down Wednesdays where every wine by the glass is 50 percent off.
The new wine bar is open Monday through Sunday from 4 to 11 p.m. inside their tastefully-decorated space at Vandy’s. They opened June 3 and plan to grow to offer wine tastings and classes. Currently they have wine, martinis, beer and a selection of appetizers.
“We are getting nice-sized crowds” Donlan says. “Mike (Vanderjagt/owner of Vandys) and I were just talking one night and I thought about opening a wine bar and he said ‘lets do it here (at Vandy’s)’.”
Three months later, the wine bar is open and is quickly becoming a local favorite. Fans can keep up with events and specials on the Website zinfullounge.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ZinfulLounge. Patrons may find their photo on the Web as well.
“We just wanted to make it a comfortable place to relax and everyone has loved it so far,” Donlan said.
The lounge is located inside of Vandy’s at 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Suite 439. Information is available at 394-0049.