Spring’s Best Alfresco Wine Bars
Breathe a big sigh of relief: Spring has officially arrived. Get in a glass-half-full state of mind, opt for some alfresco wine sips and soak up the sunshine at one of these 12 outstanding outdoor wine bars.
Located in a refurbished historic building in Houston’s buzzy Montrose neighborhood, this eclectic wine bar boasts a 6,000-square-foot garden decorated with Zimbabwean stone sculptures and bedecked with cozy couches for outdoor relaxation. There’s a list of 18 wines by the glass from around the world, along with shareable plates like the signature lavash pizzas (try the Drunken Monkey, made with red sauce, Bourbon bacon, smoked jalapeños and ricotta).
There’s no excuse to drink wine indoors in Hawaii. Head to the luxurious Kailani, an outdoor bar at the Four Seasons Resort that specializes in high-end wine experiences like nightly Veuve Cliquot sabering at sunset (Hello, photo op!). If you intend to sip awhile in paradise, try the bar’s “flights of fancy” program, where you’ll taste two whites and three reds from a Coravin system, paired with seasonal canapés.
Come as you are to this idyllic winery located on a 50-acre farm (many guests bike in from the nearby Virginia Creeper Trail). With an outdoor bar that overlooks the South Holston River, wine lovers tend to grab bottles from the tasting room, where there are 24 wines available for tasting—try six for $5. Enjoy spring days with pre-packed picnic lunches on the property’s patio. Or pick up winery tasting platters from Alvarado Creeper Trail Café.
It’s all about patio sipping at this aptly named bar, located in San Diego’s trendy Mission Hills neighborhood. Wine lovers will love the modern, open-air space complete with a living wall comprised of ferns and flowers while picking from 54 wines by the bottle (or 28 by the glass, four of which are on tap). Bonus: the bar’s cheese cave offers more than 40 varieties perfect for fun pairings.
Retractable awnings let the sun shine on this expansive 8,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor bar, located on the rooftop of the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City. Stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge delight patrons, as do 18 wines by the glass, refreshing spring cocktails like the Sun Blush (made with citrus vodka, watermelon, mango and cantaloupe juices) and a menu of Asian-inspired treats.
What better place to ponder the maritime influence on Central Coast wines than on the water itself? Located on Stearns Wharf, the tasting room of Conway Family Wines encourages visitors to grab a glass on the outdoor deck. It delivers big on vistas, with 360-degree views that include the Pacific coast, Channel Islands and Santa Barbara Harbor, not to mention more than 10 wine varieties for tasting.
Located just off of bustling St. Charles Avenue, this indoor/outdoor wine bar is a favorite of wine-loving locals looking for a sophisticated outdoor sip (it’s the perfect spot to watch the city’s famous streetcars). Open daily, the wine list at The Delachaise has 22 by-the-glass selections, plus affordable bottle specials listed on the bar’s chalkboard that rotate frequently, many for under $20. Artisanal cheese plates and bistro fare like mussels, steak frites and frog legs are also on the menu.
The only winery restaurant in the Russian River Valley, dining at Corks is a unique outdoor experience, starting with rustic, picnic-table-style seating on the appropriately named “sunset deck” that overlooks scenic vineyards. Guests can also opt to dine inside the historic 1890s-era farmhouse. Snacks include fish n’ chips made from locally caught rock cod, a fried chicken sandwich or charred beet salad, paired with Russian River Vineyards’ Pinot Noir or Zinfandel.
Take full advantage of the California weather and head outdoors. This equestrian-themed bar offers a trio of red, white and rosé wines on draft and more than 100 Tequilas and creative cocktails on its pretty outdoor patio. Facing a serene lawn fringed by canyon and mountain views, the patio encourages groups to gather around fire pits, cozy up on a comfy couch and enjoy wine with friends. The resort has 46 selections by the glass and utilizes Enomatic and Coravin systems.
Slated to open Memorial Day weekend, this lower Manhattan hotel rooftop turns out fun wine-based cocktails, like the Prosecco & Ice Pops—try the version with a Tito’s Vodka-infused strawberry lemongrass popsicle. The concise wine list offers nine wines by the glass. Tip: the bar yields unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River.
Situated in downtown Scottsdale, this urban tasting room takes full advantage of its desert climate, offering patio seating available for tastings of its Rhône varieties grown in Arizona’s Chiricahua Foothills. On Thursday nights, don’t miss the “Flights & Bites” event, where the Wine Gallery teams with local food trucks to create original pairings you can enjoy outside.
Glittering Manhattan views justify at least one drink at this Financial District terrace bar located inside the sleek W Hotel. “SIP Daily” specials on wine and cocktails from 5–8 pm encourage lingering outside, especially when spring fever hits. The wine list serves pours by the glass, half-bottle or bottle, with selections from an array of well-known regions like Côtes de Provence and Mendoza.
- 1Boheme Café and Wine Bar, Houston
- 2Kailani at the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay, Lanai City, HI
- 3Abingdon Winery, Abingdon, VA
- 4The Patio on Goldfinch, San Diego
- 5Penthouse 808 at Ravel Hotel, New York City
- 6Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room, Santa Barbara, CA
- 7The Delachaise, New Orleans
- 8Corks Restaurant, Russian River Vineyards, Forestville, CA
- 9The Pony Room, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
- 10Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar, Conrad New York, New York City
- 11Lawrence Dunham Vineyard’s Wine Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
- 12Living Room Bar & Terrace, W New York, New York City