- Publish Date: Jun 8, 2010
Our Favorite Wine Bars
These are some of the best spots to sit back and sip.
We admit it, we like wine a little too much. Not only do we spend all day focused on it, we obsess over it at night, long we've clocked out. While every city has great wine bars, these are a few of our favorites in New York, Chicago and San Francisco that we visit as often as our bank accounts--and significant others--will allow.
If you have a favorite of your own, don't hesitate to tell us about it and why you're happy to drop a few ducats there every so often.
Terroir (two locations: 413 E. 12th St.; 24 Harrison St.): It's tiny, it's cramped, it can be a scene--but there's no questioning the quality of the constantly changing and evolving wine list. Odds are you'll fall in love with a wine variety, style or region you'd never heard of.
Casellula (401 W. 52nd St.): Along with an eclectic, esoteric wine selection, the main focus here is to share a passion for handmade, interesting cheeses. The staff can recommend flights of cheeses. Their only insistence: Dress casual.
Brookvin (381 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn): The owner of Park Slope's beloved wine shop Big Nose Full Body opened this bar across the street. It's a casual, relaxing neighborhood spot to hit before or after one of the excellent restaurants nearby. Enjoy the house-cured meats along with your wine.
Hub51 (51 West Hubbard St.): HUB51 is arguably Chicago's hottest dinner/nightclub destination right now. The wine list is impressive, and includes a Bottlenotes favorite Blackbird Merlot. With pairings such as Shaki-Shaki Ahi Tuna, killer nachos, sliders, cornbread and more, you'll be very satisfied. You can also get Bottlenotes' first vintage of Notoriety Pinot by the glass!
Gilt Bar (230 W. Kinzie St.): Best. Corkage. Policy. Ever. If you bring a bottle, you must share one glass of it with another table. The idea is to spread Gilt's belief that wine's all about sharing with others and having a great time.
Webster's (1480 W. Webster Ave.): A Chicago classic. Webster's is a cozy, dimly lit date place. Nice selection of wines by the glass and some light food options to pair. It also hosts regular wine tasting classes in its private upstairs area.
District (216 Townsend St.): Located in SoMa in an artsy warehouse space, District serves 30 wines by the glass, as well as flights. Modern art completes the atmosphere; better-than-bar-food fare helps to soak up all tasty vino.
CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen (1666 Market St.): Casual and comfortable, Cav takes a less traditional approach to food and wine. Their food menu revolves around their wine program, rather than the more traditional other way around.
Bar at A16 (2355 Chestnut St.): Shelley Lindgren's Southern Italian Wine List is best in the country. Pizza fans and wine lovers alike praise this as one the best places stateside for enjoying the flavors of Italy's soulful south.
What's your favorite wine bar? Tell us below!