Happy Holidays, time for a drink: here's Eater's guide to the country's hottest new wine bars, so that no matter where you may roam this Christmas and/or New Year's holiday, you will be able to find a nice glass of champagne (or pinot noir, or riesling, or whatever) to sooth your harried soul. While most of the choices below serve some form of food — from charcuterie to small plates and even a few limited entree selections — the picks do veer towards bars and away from wine-focused restaurants.
A good number of the bars focus on Italian wines, from Bar Cantinetta in Seattle to Terzo in Minneapolis to Eataly Chicago's Vino Libero. San Francisco is looking inward, with Fig & Thistle in San Francisco and Ordinaire in Oakland serving West Coast wines. There's also a shiny gold temple to bubbles in Vegas called Fizz, and a bar focused on small-production wines owned by the Joe Beef guys and somm Vanya Filipovic in Montreal called Le Vin Papillon. And there are a few notable exceptions to the wine-restaurant rule: no 2013 wine bar map would be complete without New York City's Pearl & Ash or Charlie Bird, both of which are technically restaurants but have bar seating available.
Here is the Eater Wine Bar Heatmap, the 19 hottest wine bars to have opened across the US (and one in Montreal) in the past year or so. Entries are in alphabetical order; please air your inevitable grievances in the comments.Read More