Understated is clearly a virtue at this neighborhood favorite, where comfort, flavor, and a great feel for wine are the cornerstones. Dimly lit, with dark wood tones and a baby-blue bar, this is a wine bar at heart, offering more than 80 well-priced, well-chosen bottles from around the world, but the food choices (and the cocktails) are not to be overlooked. Splitting and sharing are the modes of navigation , from small plates to entrées, plus a thoughtful selection of cheese and charcuterie. Chef Eric Joppie taps local farms (and Bar Avignon's own veggie garden) to create plates of seasonal ingredients, showcasing simply elegant flavors and quietly handsome presentations. Happy hour features $5 glasses, fine oysters, and subtly sophisticated finger food.