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The 19 Hottest Wine Bars Across the Country Right Now

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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.


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1. Bar Cantinetta

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2811 East Madison Street Seattle, WA 98112
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The boozier version of sister restaurant Cantinetta, Bar Cantinetta serves entirely Italian wines alongside small plates. [Photo]

2. Bin 702

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707 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 826-2702
Located in Las Vegas' Container Park, Bin 702 is housed in a reused shipping container. While it may be teeny tiny, it makes up for it with 16 wines on tap (in addition to their bottle collection) and a menu of salads and paninis. [Photo]

3. Camerata at Paulie's

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1830 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 522-8466
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Owned by Paul Petronella and directly adjacent to his restaurant Paulie's, Camerata offers an ever-changing bottle list from ex-Uchi Houston beverage director David Keck in a space that draws a hip, younger crowd. There are tons of by-the-glass offerings and, bonus, a late night sandwich menu. [Photo]

4. Charlie Bird

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5 King Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 235-7133
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New York's Charlie Bird won the Eater NY Eater Award for Restaurant of the Year, and it wasn't just for the food. Placing a serious emphasis on wine, the entirety of wine director/owner Robert Bohr's wine list is available by the half-bottle, making pricier bottles available at more accessible price points. [Photo]

5. Fig & Thistle Wine Bar

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313 Ivy St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 617-9825
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A small (500 square feet) wine bar in SF's Hayes Valley, Fig & Thistle has a daily selection of mostly West Coast wines. [Photo]

6. FIZZ Las Vegas

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Fizz is a $3.2 million temple to champagne at Caesar's Palace, which was opened in part with David Furnish (Elton John's husband). The space is in soft open until John's Vegas residency begins in the Spring, so make a reservation to check out the blinged out space (including art by Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Steve Klein and others from the Furnish/John personal collection). [Photo]

7. Olio

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1634 Tower Grove Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 932-1088
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Olio is a self-proclaimed "grown-up" wine bar located in a 1930s Standard Oil Filling Station next door to chef/owner Ben Poremba's fine dining restaurant Elaia. Expect an eclectic rotating list that spans many regions and Mediterranean snacks to go with the glasses. [Photo]

8. Ordinaire

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3354 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 629-3944
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A wine bar owned by Berkeley PhD candidate Bradford Taylor, Ordinaire serves small-production California wines and offers tapped wines for sampling. The name comes from vin ordinaire, the wine drunk by winemakers that's never bottled. [Photo]

9. Oso Market & Bar

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726 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
Oso Market is both a bottle shop and a sit down bar, serving 20 options by the glass, five dessert wines and sherries, and another four beers/ciders on tap. The focus here is on biodynamic and sustainable wines. [Photo]

10. Pearl & Ash

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220 Bowery
New York, NY 10012
(212) 837-2370
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Wine is the star at this Bowery restaurant, which New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells called "the city’s most exciting place to drink wine" in his two star review back in May. While the list might be lengthy, wine director Patrick Cappiello characterizes it as "what I can afford to drink as opposed to what my clients can afford to drink." [Photo]

11. san diego cellars

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2215 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
(858) 527-0944
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San Diego Cellars is actually a winery, and customers can refill growler-esque "cruisers" with local wine to go. Flights are available as well. Wines by resident winemaker Todd Hipper include a viognier/chardonnay blend to a pinot noir rosé and a San Diego County syrah. [Photo]

12. South End

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2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
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Sommelier Mario Vollera, formerly of Piccolo Venice and Barbershop, is a partner at this Venice pizzeria. The wine bar lists "international" bottles, most of which are under $100. [Photo]

13. Spoke

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89 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 718-9463
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The bottles at Spoke are mostly French and Italian, with a handful of Californian options thrown in. Proprietress and wine industry alum Felisha "Flea" Foster calls herself "an Old World fanatic." [Photo]

14. Stem Wine Bar

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1311 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068
(678) 214-6888
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Located in the rapidly-growing dining scene in the East Cobb, Stem is the sister wine bar to Seed restaurant. Somm/GM Jason Raymond tells Eater Atlanta Stem "carr[ies] domestic, Spanish, Italian, and French wines only." [Photo]

15. Terzo

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2221 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 925-0330
Terzo serves up small plates alongside a 1,000-bottle all-Italian wine list, with 40-50 wines by the glass. The restaurant gets its name from being the third enterprise at this intersection owned by the Broder family, and it's a hotspot for a glass of wine while waiting for a table at Broders' Pasta Bar. [Photo]

16. Toast

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1365 W 65th St
Cleveland, OH 44102
Toast calls their wine list "delicious and uncommon": you'll find a well-edited list with lots of by-the-glass options and no bottles over $65. The also serve small plates and charcuterie. [Photo]

17. Le Vin Papillon

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2519 Notre-Dame ouest, Montréal
Québec, Canada
Le Vin Papillon is a wine bar from the Joe Beef team of Fred Morin, Dave McMillan, and partner Vanya Filipovic. Filipovic told Eater Montreal "I never buy more than 24 bottles of the same wine, so the wine list's flipping all the time." [Photo]

18. Vino Libero at Eataly Chicago

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43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 521-8700
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You didn't think Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich would bring their stately New York pleasure-dome of Italian food to Chicago and not include a proper wine bar, did you? All wines are Italian and part of the “Vino Libero” Association, and are "produced without chemical fertilizers or herbicides and have low levels of sulfites." [Photo]

19. Winebelly

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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 487-1569
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A combination wine and tapas bar in the former Green Muse space, Winebelly offers a geographically diverse selection of bottles at accessible prices. [Photo]

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1. Bar Cantinetta

Seattle, WA
The boozier version of sister restaurant Cantinetta, Bar Cantinetta serves entirely Italian wines alongside small plates. [Photo]

2. Bin 702

707 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Located in Las Vegas' Container Park, Bin 702 is housed in a reused shipping container. While it may be teeny tiny, it makes up for it with 16 wines on tap (in addition to their bottle collection) and a menu of salads and paninis. [Photo]
707 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

3. Camerata at Paulie's

1830 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
Owned by Paul Petronella and directly adjacent to his restaurant Paulie's, Camerata offers an ever-changing bottle list from ex-Uchi Houston beverage director David Keck in a space that draws a hip, younger crowd. There are tons of by-the-glass offerings and, bonus, a late night sandwich menu. [Photo]
1830 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

4. Charlie Bird

5 King Street, New York, NY 10012
New York's Charlie Bird won the Eater NY Eater Award for Restaurant of the Year, and it wasn't just for the food. Placing a serious emphasis on wine, the entirety of wine director/owner Robert Bohr's wine list is available by the half-bottle, making pricier bottles available at more accessible price points. [Photo]
5 King Street
New York, NY 10012

5. Fig & Thistle Wine Bar

313 Ivy St., San Francisco, CA
A small (500 square feet) wine bar in SF's Hayes Valley, Fig & Thistle has a daily selection of mostly West Coast wines. [Photo]
313 Ivy St.
San Francisco, CA

6. FIZZ Las Vegas

Paradise, NV
Fizz is a $3.2 million temple to champagne at Caesar's Palace, which was opened in part with David Furnish (Elton John's husband). The space is in soft open until John's Vegas residency begins in the Spring, so make a reservation to check out the blinged out space (including art by Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Steve Klein and others from the Furnish/John personal collection). [Photo]

7. Olio

1634 Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
Olio is a self-proclaimed "grown-up" wine bar located in a 1930s Standard Oil Filling Station next door to chef/owner Ben Poremba's fine dining restaurant Elaia. Expect an eclectic rotating list that spans many regions and Mediterranean snacks to go with the glasses. [Photo]
1634 Tower Grove Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110

8. Ordinaire

3354 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
A wine bar owned by Berkeley PhD candidate Bradford Taylor, Ordinaire serves small-production California wines and offers tapped wines for sampling. The name comes from vin ordinaire, the wine drunk by winemakers that's never bottled. [Photo]
3354 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

9. Oso Market & Bar

726 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Oso Market is both a bottle shop and a sit down bar, serving 20 options by the glass, five dessert wines and sherries, and another four beers/ciders on tap. The focus here is on biodynamic and sustainable wines. [Photo]
726 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. Pearl & Ash

220 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Wine is the star at this Bowery restaurant, which New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells called "the city’s most exciting place to drink wine" in his two star review back in May. While the list might be lengthy, wine director Patrick Cappiello characterizes it as "what I can afford to drink as opposed to what my clients can afford to drink." [Photo]
220 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

11. san diego cellars

2215 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Cellars is actually a winery, and customers can refill growler-esque "cruisers" with local wine to go. Flights are available as well. Wines by resident winemaker Todd Hipper include a viognier/chardonnay blend to a pinot noir rosé and a San Diego County syrah. [Photo]
2215 Kettner Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

12. South End

2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Sommelier Mario Vollera, formerly of Piccolo Venice and Barbershop, is a partner at this Venice pizzeria. The wine bar lists "international" bottles, most of which are under $100. [Photo]
2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

13. Spoke

89 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144
The bottles at Spoke are mostly French and Italian, with a handful of Californian options thrown in. Proprietress and wine industry alum Felisha "Flea" Foster calls herself "an Old World fanatic." [Photo]
89 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144

14. Stem Wine Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068
Located in the rapidly-growing dining scene in the East Cobb, Stem is the sister wine bar to Seed restaurant. Somm/GM Jason Raymond tells Eater Atlanta Stem "carr[ies] domestic, Spanish, Italian, and French wines only." [Photo]
1311 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30068

15. Terzo

2221 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Terzo serves up small plates alongside a 1,000-bottle all-Italian wine list, with 40-50 wines by the glass. The restaurant gets its name from being the third enterprise at this intersection owned by the Broder family, and it's a hotspot for a glass of wine while waiting for a table at Broders' Pasta Bar. [Photo]
2221 W 50th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419

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16. Toast

1365 W 65th St, Cleveland, OH 44102
Toast calls their wine list "delicious and uncommon": you'll find a well-edited list with lots of by-the-glass options and no bottles over $65. The also serve small plates and charcuterie. [Photo]
1365 W 65th St
Cleveland, OH 44102

17. Le Vin Papillon

2519 Notre-Dame ouest, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Le Vin Papillon is a wine bar from the Joe Beef team of Fred Morin, Dave McMillan, and partner Vanya Filipovic. Filipovic told Eater Montreal "I never buy more than 24 bottles of the same wine, so the wine list's flipping all the time." [Photo]
2519 Notre-Dame ouest, Montréal
Québec, Canada

18. Vino Libero at Eataly Chicago

43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
You didn't think Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich would bring their stately New York pleasure-dome of Italian food to Chicago and not include a proper wine bar, did you? All wines are Italian and part of the “Vino Libero” Association, and are "produced without chemical fertilizers or herbicides and have low levels of sulfites." [Photo]
43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

19. Winebelly

519 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704
A combination wine and tapas bar in the former Green Muse space, Winebelly offers a geographically diverse selection of bottles at accessible prices. [Photo]
519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

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