Across from the Verizon Center, Proof was a leader in the explosion of wine bars around town. A trendy crowd comes to graze the Modern American menu and sample the extensive wine list—more than 1,200 bottles and more than 40 wines by the glass, displayed in a sleek, temperature-controlled system. With brick walls, walnut floors, antique Chinese chests, and copper accents, the decor feels both edgy and warm—a great spot for drinks with a date.

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