Top 20 Wine Bars in America

Top 20 Wine Bars in America
Photo courtesy Bar Covell in Los Angeles

We’re shining a spotlight on that聽vital venue聽for exploring the drink you love鈥攖he wine bar. Here’s our list of some of the best in America.

Asheville, NC | Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

Rifle through stacks of used fiction and history tomes at this bookstore-cum-wine bar inside the Grove Arcade. Order a glass from its broad selection and settle in for a little evening reading.

Atlanta |聽Ziba鈥檚 Bistro

A cozy vibe with chalkboards that boast a well-edited wine list packed with Old and New World gems.

Austin, TX |Winebelly

From Sicilian Nero d鈥橝vola to Texas Hill Country聽Tempranillo, the wine list at this mellow, antique-filled lair spans the globe and deserves to be explored.

Boston |聽Spoke Wine Bar

Felisha聽Foster puts the spotlight on Old World wines from small producers, and her list jibes perfectly with the scrumptious small-plate dishes at this Somerville hideout.

Chicago |聽Rootstock

Kick back on the patio at this聽Humboldt聽Park聽bo卯te, where its solid selection of Old and New World wines include 颅numerous standouts from Greece and Slovenia.

Veritas Wine Room / Photo by Alexander Anderson

Dallas |聽Veritas Wine Room

The wood d茅cor and fireplace make this local favorite feel more like an Irish pub than a modern wine bar. No matter what you decide to drink from the 350 wine choices, don鈥檛 miss the Texas-made cheese and meat plates.

Denver |聽Caveau聽Wine Bar

A true wine explorer鈥檚聽mecca, this romantic, unpretentious gem has nearly 50 by-the-glass wines that were picked to help gently push your palate out of its comfort zone.

Houston |聽Beckrew聽Wine House

Here, morning espresso makes way for lively evening wine sessions. Sink into an elegant white chair for one of its flights of non-Champagne bubbles. Bonus: Free gourmet pizza.

Kansas City, MO |聽脟a Va

Bubbles鈥攂e it the wine or the Champagne cocktails鈥攁re the raisons d鈥櫭猼re of this popular bar. And keeping in kind with KC鈥檚 rich jazz tradition, it regularly hosts live sets from big names.

Los Angeles |聽Bar Covell

Wine Director Matthew Kaner thinks wine lists are often impersonal鈥攚hich is why there aren鈥檛 any at this Los Feliz outpost. Instead, he or one of his staffers chats you up, then offers a selection based on your personal preferences.

Miami | Lagniappe

A refuge among the DJ clubs, this New Orleans-style hideaway has live music every night, a tea light-strewn yard and more than 150 wines from small-production wineries around the globe.

Photo courtesy The Ten Bells

New York City | The Ten Bells

Need a “crush” course in natural or biodynamic wine? Settle down under the tin-tiled ceiling at this Lower East Side haunt for an education that is always delicious and never pretentious.

Pismo聽Beach, CA | Tastes of The Valleys

This well-stocked tasting room and wine shop sits just a few blocks from the beach and pours hundreds (seriously) of Central Coast wines by the glass. The vast selection and wine-smart staff are why the bar is a favorite among local winemakers and industry insiders.

Portland,聽ME | MJ鈥檚 Wine Bar

Take your favorite college-town coffeehouse, but replace the smell of patchouli with a fun wine list that reps far-flung lesser-known regions, like Hungary and the Canary Islands, and you鈥檝e got this chill hangout.

Portland, OR | Southeast Wine Collective

Located in a winery co-op, the bar pours craft wines made by the resident winemakers, who can often be seen hard at work.

Richmond, VA | C鈥檈st le Vin

This art gallery/wine bar features live 颅music, more than 200 bottles and a solid array of by-the-glass selections, with special attention paid to Virginia wines.

San Francisco | Fig & Thistle

Cop a spot on the bunk-bed couch and peruse the map-based menu that pinpoints where each of its many small-batch California wines was produced.

Scottsdale,聽AZ |聽Kazimierz聽World Wine Bar

Next door to downtown Scottsdale’s Cowboy Ciao, Peter Kasperski鈥檚 alluring stone-walled jazz lounge has a dizzying menu of 2,000 selections organized by price and wine style.

Seattle | Purple Cafe & Wine Bar

There are several Purple spots, but only the Seattle locale boasts a 5,000-bottle wine tower. It’s a聽mecca聽of Washington wine with fun flights.

Washington, D.C. | Dickson Wine Bar

This tiny U Street聽bo卯te聽is always crowded with power players, but its extensive list of organic wines鈥攁nd rib-eye聽b谩nh聽m矛鈥攁re worth braving the throng of bustling bureaucrats.

Published on June 23, 2015
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