Want to unwind with a good glass of wine? The District has you covered with these great wine bars.
Ready for a glass of red? A bottle of white? Maybe some frosé? Us, too. Take your pick of these standout wine bars – where you can have your pick of fantastic bites, too – in Washington, DC.
What could be better than a wine bar, you ask? Having an entire winery in the middle of the buzzworthy Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. District Winery is a 17,000-square-foot winery-restaurant hybrid that pours small batch wines. Start your wine-filled day with a tour of the on-site facilities, which includes a flight at the tasting bar, before settling down for seasonal fare and waterfront views at the winery’s restaurant.
Flight Wine Bar
A stunning circular bar might be the architectural showpiece of this Chinatown spot, but as a James Beard Semifinalist for Outstanding Wine Program in 2023, the wine list is pretty special, too. Flight focuses on small, family-owned vineyards, niche varietals and regions and top-quality pours, in a selection that exceeds 500 wines offered by glass, flight and ounce formats, plus half- and magnum bottles.
Barcelona Wine Bar
A chic indoor-outdoor flow, stylish decor and primo 14th Street location make this restaurant and wine bar a hot spot. If you have to wait for a table, saddle up to the bar to peruse the list of primarily Spanish and South American Tempranillo, Garnacha and Malbec varietals. A range of affordable tapas and paella options round out the perfect Catalonian-inspired evening.
Sit back and relax with a glass of wine on waterfront at Easy Company. From the restaurant group behind Takoda, The Wharf’s wine bar also features cocktails, beer and frozen beverages, complementing the European-inspired menu and all-seasons patio. Bonus: Weekend brunch includes bottomless food, drinks or both.
Cork Wine Bar & Market
This petite restaurant, wine bar and market in Logan Circle is a proven winner in a neighborhood of hot spots. The reinvented space that merged Cork's standalone market and restaurant features a downstairs tasting bar and casual eatery, while the upstairs restaurant is home to a killer small-plate menu (the avocado toast is a perennial favorite), the sommelier is exacting and the bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable.
From the wine-and-design-oriented minds of restaurateur Sebastian Zutant and his wife Lauren Winter, Primrose has become the go-to French wine bar in the Brookland neighborhood. The whimsical bistro greets diners with feathered chandeliers and a baby blue bar boasting 70-plus wines, many from France’s lesser-known regions. Combine the extensive drink list with a small-but-mighty menu of French classics and you have a recipe for the coziest Parisian-inspired evening.
Barkada Wine Bar
This natural wine bar is committed to spotlighting small, under-represented winemakers that produce vintages that are complex in taste, yet affordable in price. The owners bonded over wine and wanted to provide an intimate space where others can do the same with friends old or new, which is reflected in the name as 'Barkada' is a Filipino word meaning 'group of friends'.
French for “established,” établi aims to create an environment where guests can discover wine from around the world and elevate their palate. Featuring Mediterranean flavors with house-made pastas and wood-fired fare, the cozy spot is perfect for a night out in Bloomingdale or take it to-go with their Carpe Vinum retail list of quality wines for everyday wine drinkers.
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