‘Starbucks Evenings’ Menu Includes Beer, Wine, Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Now you can spike your grande-skinny-vanilla-soy-frappucino-whatever.
Now you can spike your grande-skinny-vanilla-soy-frappucino-whatever.Photo: Starbucks

Another Starbucks location started selling beer and wine this week, and it looks like the coffee behemoth is taking booze seriously. The company’s moving forward with its “Starbucks Evenings” menu, which also includes small plates like bacon-wrapped dates, truffle macaroni and cheese, and chocolate fondue. It’s all part of Starbucks’s greater plan for world takeover through “nonbranded” coffee shops; apparently there’s even a sommelier at Starbucks HQ (enlighten us: Which wine pairs well with a pumpkin-spice latte? Does Riesling or Chardonnay complement a mediocre pound cake?). Right now, the stores with “Starbucks Evenings” are limited to Chicago, Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, and Washington, D.C., but the company’s already feeling it out in New York. Yikes. This could go down as the worst date spot ever. [HuffPo, Earlier]