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11 Wine Bars to Get Your Vino Fix in Washington, DC
Want to unwind with a good glass of wine? DC 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, come March 2018, will be pouring the only made-in-DC wine (until then, the winery is pouring vino produced specifically for DC at sister operation Brooklyn Winery). 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 new American fare and waterfront views at Ana, the winery’s restaurant.
Want to play bocce while you wine? Of course you do. This popular wine bar on U Street is set in a charming rowhouse and features both a front patio and a rear courtyard with the aforementioned bocce court, in addition to the dining room, bar, and private event space. A seasonally rotating menu offers a broad selection of by-the-glass wine, and on the food front, there’s a nose-to-tail butchery program.
A stunning circular bar might be the architectural showpiece of this Chinatown spot, but 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.
Known for an extensive wine selection that’s roundly regarded as one of the city’s very best, this restaurant located in Chinatown by the Verizon Center offers more than 40 by-the-glass options and more than 1,000 bottles hand-picked to please both novice and expert palates alike. The consistently stellar food is just a bonus.
A chic indoor-outdoor flow, stylish decor and primo 14th Street location make this restaurant and wine bar a hotspot with the wait to match. While you’re waiting on a table, saddle up to the bar to peruse the list of primarily Spanish and South American tempranillo, garnacha and malbec varietals.
This petite restaurant, wine bar and market in Logan Circle is a proven winner in a neighborhood of hotspots. 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. Bonus: the redesigned space pays homage to local businesses with handmade tiles from Ann Sacks, glasses from next-door neighbor HomeRule and much more.
This bistro and wine bar located in Upper Northwest features both Old and New World wines, with a focus on small vineyards who practice sustainable farming. The small selection of bottles included in the “private collection” involves vintages straight from the owner’s personal cellar.
Situated along the eastern end of the trendy, bustling H Street NE neighborhood, this two-story bar offers a wide-ranging selection of 45 by-the-glass wines alongside a menu of nouveau comfort foods that includes–wait for it— “curated grilled cheese.”
A Cleveland Park neighborhood favorite, this wine bar and restaurant duo is one of the top picks near the National Zoo for its impressive wine list and a menu that’s consistently named as one of the city’s best.
Located on the first floor below Roofers Union, this wine bar on 18th Street in Adams Morgan gets its street cred from sommelier Theo Rutherford, who helmed the wine selections at Ripple, Rogue 24 and Fiola before opening this spot. One of the highlights of Jug & Table is its wine on tap: the bar offers eight dual temperature tap lines, which can be served in varying quantities. A list of more than 30 moderately priced glasses from small producers accompanies the tap program, plus there are wine-themed speciality cocktails, and wines by the jug for $25 during happy hour.
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