Winemag Winemag Aldo Sohm / Photo by Daniel Krieger

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Wine Bars Serving Up Beautiful Design

When you sit down to enjoy a glass of wine, what’s better than savoring it in a beautifully designed space? Here are some of the most gorgeous wine bars around the globe where you can sip in style.

Boyds Grill & Wine Bar
Boyds Grill & Wine Bar

Boyds Grill & Wine Bar, London

Just off Trafalgar Square, the striated, marble-clad walls of this bar tower over a series of intimate spaces. The intention of the owner, Charles Boyd, was to provide a variety of dining environments and experiences. Seating options include red leather bar stools, red velvet wing chairs, transparent Philippe Starck “Ghost” chairs and brown leather club chairs. They all sit under large, round chandeliers of differing heights.

Love Tilly
Love, Tilly Devine / Photo by Nikki To

Love, Tilly Devine, Sydney

Love, Tilly Devine is named for a midcentury East Sydney brothel madame and crime boss, this 40-seat wine bar features selections from across Australia and around the world. The exterior is white brick and cement, while on the inside, wood tables sit beneath partially exposed brick and plaster walls adorned with black-and-white wallpaper.

Oporto Almacén
Oporto Almacén

Oporto Almacén, Buenos Aires

Sommeliers Andrea Donadio and Julian Pilar preside over this combination tasting room, wine shop and bistro in the northern neighborhood of Núñez. Oporto Almacén is a three-story white tile building sports a lush rooftop and is a beacon for lovers of Argentine wine. White tile also covers the interior walls of this industrial-style space, given warmth by a blonde-wood floor and sunlight that filters through the wine bottles.

Oil Paintings on Wood by Catman hanging at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar.
Oil Paintings by Catman hanging at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar / Photo by Francesco Tonelli

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, New York City

Aldo Sohm, wine director at Le Bernardin, presides over his namesake wine bar that’s meant to feel like a living room. A custom oak bar anchors the space, which also features a large U-shaped sofa in the lounge area and high-topped tables surrounded by items representing Sohm’s travels. Filament bulbs dangle from the high ceiling, while bright, multi-paneled artwork hangs in prominence over the bar.

Vestigius
Vestigius

Vestigius, Lisbon

A combination wine bar and art gallery in the Cais de Sodré district, the loft-like environs offer views of the River Tagus and is filled with charmingly mismatched antiques and artwork, much of it for sale. The furniture in this 19th-century brick warehouse is a combination of flea-market finds and repurposed boatyard castoffs. Rotating exhibits at Vestigius feature work from international artists in far-flung countries like Angola and Mozambique.

Nærvær, Copenhagen
Nærvær

Nærvær, Copenhagen

Danish for “presence,” this oasis seeks to provide a sense of connection that’s often missing in public spaces. The cement floor of Nærvær provides a stark backdrop to wood tabletops and metal chairs whose hues are softened by potted plants and upholstered furniture. Views of the nearby canal and Copenhagen city center offer a contrast to unadorned stone walls.

Wine Concept
Wine Concept / Photo by Fabio Folgaria

Enoteca Wineconcept, Rome

A short walk from the Colosseum, the Enoteca Wineconcept offers an offbeat mix of contemporary and cozy. Hinged architect lights and globe lanterns hover over white tables, while the L-shaped bar brightens the small interior. Wine and vineyard-themed artwork adorn the plaster walls, with red chairs and hundreds of wine bottles adding color. Square tables are often grouped together for frequently held seminars and wine tastings.

The Riedel Room at Q88.
The Riedel Room at Q88

The Riedel Room at Q88, Hong Kong

Renowned Austrian crystal manufacturer Riedel has opened its first wine bar, The Riedel Room, in Hong Kong’s JW Marriott Hotel. One small area’s entire ceiling drips with strings of backlit crystals; elsewhere, opulent rose crystal chandeliers provide a touch of whimsy to the decidedly modern space. Dark wood tables and a large berry-colored arch reminiscent of a wine decanter provide a backdrop for the star of the show, Riedel’s fine crystal glasses and the wine within.

Published on March 19, 2018
Topics: Design
About the Author
Mike DeSimone
Lifestyle & Entertaining Editor

Reviews Israel, other Asia and other Africa.

DeSimone is a spirits, wine, food and lifestyle writer who has traveled extensively in his journalistic pursuits. Most recently he co-authored the book Wines of the Southern Hemisphere (Sterling Epicure, October 2012). Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net

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