Would you like to step out for a glass, visit a place with a pulse, or simply have a different wine experience? A few searches online will likely land you in some great places, but we selected seven you could check out. This is just the tip of the iceberg for wine bars, and only represents a few cities. We’d love to hear about some great establishments you’ve been to, so please share!
Seven Sweet Spots
A massive wine selection, amazing sweet and savory fondue, and funky shabby-chic decor. Good times in the East Village. "From Alsace to Provence, from traditional to the innovative, we venerate the wines of France; so much so we couldn’t help but introduce them to the New York cocktail world. Enjoy a drink, with the pig."
Located in Kenmore Square, this lively joint has become a hot spot since it opened in the summer of 2005. The Standard Features 15 wines by the glass, a carafe of the day special, and is right around the corner from Fenway Park. Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave this place a tip of the cap in January too.
Located in the West Loop, swanky, and possibly the best place in town to get a taste of truly great vino. Feast your eyes on the city with a great view from the upstairs portion of this establishment and browse an enormous wine selection (including hard-to-find bottles). Wines are sold in flights, by the glass, or bottle. Try the Hello Vino wine app while you’re in The Tasting Room because you can pair wines with small plated meals of artisanal cheeses, chocolates and small tapas-style dishes.
Owners Brooks and Bradley Anderson—brothers (lawyers and wine enthusiasts) keep the vibe casual, focusing on small-production West Coast and old-world wines with prices that range from $7 to $15 per glass. Make a night of it, and order Mozzarella Company and Lucky Layla Farms cheeses, country pork pâté from the Grape, and Wiseman House chocolates from Hico, Texas. The wine and food might be serious, but Veritas is a fun-loving family affair. Wine snobs need not apply.
Inspired by the great wine bars of Spain, this rustic retreat offers a nice array of wines from around the world along with a food menu packed with authentic tapas, antipasti, Spanish cheeses and finger sandwiches. The user-friendly wine menu ensures that even casual wine drinkers have an easy time picking something they’ll enjoy.
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. This down-to-earth bar looks simple, but you’ll settle in to a cozy atmosphere real quick and feel welcomed by a great staff. Enjoy a selection of roughly 20 wines by the glass and 60 by the bottle. For the cool factor, Blue aims to highlight non-traditional grapes like Sylvaner and Grüner Veltliner. Oh yeah, each evening the piano in the back is played by a local musician to top off your experience.
San Francisco: (this one is technically Mountain View)
All bottles are $39 or less. Are you into organic wine? Well, Savvy features organic wines (and 90-point wines) by the tasting flight, glass, or bottle. you can host events at this establishment, take classes, or join them for their winery tasting room experience every Sunday from 2pm-5pm.
Do you have a favorite spot that deserves some attention? Let us know!