Top Domestic Airport Wine Bars
As holiday travels approach, so do long layovers, increased costs and irate fellow passengers. But don’t fret. There are plenty of new, cool wine bars popping up at airports across the country where you can decompress over a pour. These six are oenophile-approved and offer tasty foods to fill up on before flying home for the festivities.
With locations in San Diego International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Miami International Airport, Beaudevin (“beautiful wine” in French) has become a go-to drinking destination for frequent fliers. Fitting the wine-focused décor—complete with chandeliers made of wine glasses—it offers a comprehensive list of whites and reds, a glossary of wine terms and wine-friendly sandwiches like the proscuitto, capicola and brie with Kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and arugula.
Go for a flight of wine at this modern, minimalist, sparkling-wine-oriented bar, with locations at San Diego International Airport and Chicago O’Hare. It offers more than 22 wines from around the world by the glass (with most available in 6- or 9-ounce pours). Bubbles lists tasty foods like tuna poke with guacamole and wonton chips, as well as cheese and charcuterie plates on an infographic-style menu that does the wine-and-food matching for you.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
It may not yet have Napa’s reputation, but Missouri is serious about winemaking. If you’re passing through and want to taste something local, Missouri Vineyards offers selections from five regional winemakers. There are glasses of Chambourcin from Augusta Winery and Seyval Blanc from Montelle Winery, though wines made from native cultivars like Norton and Cynthiana occasionally make an appearance, too. Small plates like the lime chicken with brie are meant to complement the featured pours.
Tampa International Airport
This sleek bar offers 39 wine selections along with down-to-earth, compressed tasting notes that speak to a variety of wine lovers. The Château Ducasse Sémillion and Sauvignon Blanc blend from Bordeaux is simply described as “peach and floral, just the other side of light,” while the Swanson Merlot from California is “blackberry, rich, easy to love.” Bites that play well with the selected wines, like dried fig and blue cheese crostini or duck rillettes with Camembert, make for a tasty pre-trip pairing experience.
Whether you’re leaving the state or heading home for the holidays, celebrate Washington’s increasing prominence in the wine world here, with locations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Spokane International Airport. Travelers can opt for fresh local seafood dishes (the Puget Sound crab salad or a Pacific-smoked salmon plate are two popular options) paired with 19 regional wines, including A2 Pinot Gris, Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc and Firesteed Pinot Noir.
Denver International Airport
Downtown Denver’s original Root Down restaurant was so wildly popular that travelers demanded an outpost at the airport. It’s easy to see why. Renowned for seasonal dishes that nod to the cuisines of the world (think seared Colombian arepas and roasted Kashmiri chicken) alongside tasty vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options, the eatery doesn’t skimp on cool sips. The drink menu has Colorado beers and ciders, craft cocktails, saké and five half-bottle wine picks. It offers 22 wines by the glass and bottle from regions as diverse as Australia and Slovenia, so plan your trip (and layover) accordingly.