Parings Wine Bar

Where: 5893 Main St., Williamsville (630-5951)

Scene: Casual, comfortably upscale ambience in a converted house; gracious and charming owner working the rooms. Ideal spot for dates or ladies/buddies night out.

Drinks: Varied vino list, martinis, extensive beer list (including micro and seasonal), full bar, holiday cocktails. Happy hour is 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with half-price martinis and 20 wines for $20. Every Wednesday, any bottle of wine is half price.

Dress code: “No dress code, just have to have clothes on,” says owner Sheila Paolini.

Entertainment: Satellite radio.

Bonus points: Double hooks under the bar for purses; free Wi-Fi; sparkling clean restrooms.