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Bar Covell, Los Angeles
Bar Covell, Los Angeles
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Here's a Map of Some of America's Best Wine Bars

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Bar Covell, Los Angeles
| Photo: Amelia Burns/Bar Covell

Wine people are easy to pick on; I get it. Sometimes we ask for it. But the notion that we are all weird nerds who only want to talk about malolactic fermentation and listen to bad music at really lame wine bars with wine-themed décor, crappy cheese plates, and bad lighting — is a stereotype, and a stale one at best.

Sure, most of us have been to a corny wine bar, whether on purpose, accident, or because of the misjudgment of a friend you realized you no longer have anything in common with. There might have been a chandelier made of wine glasses and a soundtrack that includes Taylor Swift, and maybe a few people arguing about microclimates or something. But that is hardly representative of the wine bar scene in general.

What about The Ten Bells in New York, Terroir in San Francisco, Bar Covell in LA, or Bar Avignon and Kir in Portland? I am not going to get melodramatic and call this the Golden Age for wine bars, but I'd argue that wine bars have actually never been better than they are now.

The best wine bars across the country have managed to a lasso a counterculture of drinkers who are open and interested in wine; they've become a bigger part of the urban drinking life as a result. And new wine bars are seeing the opportunity to build on what these places have achieved in different ways.

Below you'll find 18 that challenge the stereotype. Please feel free to nominate those that I may have missed in the comments so we can keep this thing current. Now, go forth.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bar Covell

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4628 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
724 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Vino Vino

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4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751

4. Terroir

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1116 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Bar Agricole

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355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Hotel Biron

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45 Rose St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Bar Avignon

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2138 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

8. Ambonnay Champagne Bar

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107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Kir Wine Bar

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22 NE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. The Butcher Shop

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552 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

11. Terroir

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413 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009

12. The Ten Bells

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247 Broome St
New York, NY 10002

13. Bar Jamon

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125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

14. Anfora

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34 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014

15. Telegraph Wine Bar

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2601 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

16. Rootstock

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954 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

17. Bottlehouse

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1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

18. The Delachaise

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3442 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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1. Bar Covell

4628 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
4628 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. Lou

724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
724 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Vino Vino

4119 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751

4. Terroir

1116 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103
1116 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Bar Agricole

355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

6. Hotel Biron

45 Rose St, San Francisco, CA 94102
45 Rose St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Bar Avignon

2138 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
2138 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

8. Ambonnay Champagne Bar

107 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214
107 SE Washington St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Kir Wine Bar

22 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
22 NE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. The Butcher Shop

552 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118
552 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118

11. Terroir

413 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
413 E 12th St
New York, NY 10009

12. The Ten Bells

247 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
247 Broome St
New York, NY 10002

13. Bar Jamon

125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
125 E 17th St
New York, NY 10003

14. Anfora

34 8th Ave, New York, NY 10014
34 8th Ave
New York, NY 10014

15. Telegraph Wine Bar

2601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
2601 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Rootstock

954 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
954 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

17. Bottlehouse

1416 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
1416 34th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

18. The Delachaise

3442 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
3442 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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