Do people realize that the curtains at Mercy Wine Bar are see-through? Apparently not. Last Wednesday night, singles and several couples flocked to Mercy's boudoir-feel wine bar to escape the Dallas heat, but ended up making some of their own.
In the span of three hours, two different couples found their way to what several wine-drinking onlookers started calling the "magical couch." That couch and the people sitting on it got a lot of action on Hump Day night. The gauzy curtains provided a fake sense of privacy surrounding the couples that sat on the "magical couch" as the pairs swooned over each other, caressed one another's faces an then started to kiss.
Mercy's mood lighting, its book of a wine list (100 wines by the glass and 50 by the bottle) and its cozy couches had people forgetting they weren't in their own living rooms or bedrooms. And if patrons got up to use the restrooms, the sexy vibe followed them as they took their rests amidst sexy, black and white nude photographs taken by Brian Hilson.
Trying to break away from the couch's romantic hold and our view of it, we asked a male patron and his date what they were obsessed with on Mercy's menu. The couple loved the tuna tartare and the white truffle Parmesan pommes frites. That's exactly what Heather, a Mercy server and bartender, told us to order. She remarked that "the white truffle pommes frites with fresh Parmesan cheese grated over them" was the appetizer obsession.
"Another huge favorite here is the blackened ahi tuna appetizer," Heather shared. Of course she mentioned how people love selecting their own cheeses to go with their wines. Mercy serves its cheese plates with dried apricots, pears, apples, grapes, Casablanca olives and crackers. Heather also noted that the recently added sea scallops sautéed in tomato and tarragon was quickly becoming a Mercy entrée obsession.
According to another server, Michael, the "most popular" and thus, the wine obsession at Mercy is the Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon out of Lodai, California."
Hearing all of these questions about obsessions, the anonymous male patron piped up with the following: "The people here are obsessed with themselves and how they look." Cue the three women in their best sparkles (for a Wednesday night) and MAC makeup posing for multiple pictures taken by their server on the next couch over.
Then cut back over to the "magical couch" where couple number two had replaced couple number one to mack down to the beat of Mercy's music selection. It would've been more fitting if Animotion's classic '80s song "Obsession" played through the wine bar's speakers. But we weren't the ones get lucky that night.
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