Spoke Wine Bar is packed with Somervillians living their best lives. It’s where they take a second date; where they treat an out-of-town visitor; where they lure their South-Ender friends across the river with promises of orange wine and orbs of milky burrata enjoyed under a swath of leafy wallpaper.
“When people ask us to describe what kind of food we’re doing, or what kind of programs we’re running, it’s a little bit difficult,” says owner Mary Kurth. “Because it is more a reflection of the space—and the people who work in our space—than it is a particular culture or style of dining.”
Share your preferences and place your trust in her expert team. Maybe there’s no chardonnay or malbec by the glass, but the all-natural wine list aims to please—whether you seek something truly funky or classically clean and pure, Spoke has you covered.
With wine on the way, peruse the ever-changing menu of chef Eric Frier’s flavorful dishes: charcuterie, seasonal salads, and—one of our favorites—a smoky, satisfying butter bean dip that’s humbly delicious. On the other end of the spectrum is a peacocking Duck Liver Tart, painstakingly appliqued with tiny edible flowers. And don’t miss the crudos; Frier’s got an affinity for raw fish, and the experience at Back Bay’s Uni to execute.
What Spoke is really about, says Kurth, is providing the best quality products in a casual but intimate space—one that’s built for conversation. “We don’t want to tell people that Spoke is a space where you have to come in and have a four-course meal,” she says. “It’s cool to get off the train and have a snack and a glass of wine on your way home.”
A ride on the Red Line never sounded so good.
When it comes to wine, there are no stupid questions here. Because Spoke serves many lesser-known varietals, ask your server to walk you through the wine list. They’ll hook you up with something you love—likely made by a “badass woman,” says Kurth.
There are no bad seats in the house, but for an intimate date ask for a table near the window, while larger parties will want to be in the center of the action underneath the bold wallpaper.
Cocktails at Spoke trend low(ish) ABV—perfect for sipping while perusing the wine list.
Before becoming Spoke’s new owner, Mary Kurth was working behind the bar here while pursuing a PhD at Harvard.