While a lot of people might think of margaritas and light summer ales during the warmer months, there’s something about wine that just tastes right all year round. Whether you’re #teamred or #teamwhite, wine is a great drink to end the night with while your chatting with your friends outside on the patio of your favorite bar. But sometimes, your favorite spot just doesn’t cut it. The music might be too loud, or the only kind of wine they serve are a red or a white option… and that’s it.
But don’t fret. We found a few wine bars that will make your wine blues go away because no matter what team you’re on, everyone deserves a good go-to wine bar every once in a while.
If you want to drink wine with your friends but don’t necessarily want to leave the comfort of your home, then take a trip over to Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. This cozy AF spot feels like an oasis in the midst of the midtown chaos with over 40 wines by the glass and 200 options by the bottle. Aldo Sohm has you covered while you slouch in the crevices of their U-shaped couched and dine on their dishes that have been created to be perfectly paired with their wines. But if you want to do a little more than just sip on your favorite nightcap, reserve a spot for their Wine 101 class where you can learn the ins and outs of wine from their sommelier team — which is followed by their “tower” of charcuterie.
Location: 151 West 51st St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday – 11:30am-3pm & 4:30pm-11:30pm; Friday – 11:30am-3pm & 4:30pm-12am; Saturday- 4:30pm-12am; Sunday – Closed
Whether you’ve been dating for five years or just met someone new on Tinder, Wine:30 is the perfect place to relax and have a good time while you’re on a date. Take a look at their wine list and you’ll find over 300 wines from around the world. And while you’re sippin’ on your glass of red, make sure you check out their food menu. From dishes like fresh tuna and sesame seed tartar to braised short ribs, you’ll be surprised to find plenty of options that will pair perfectly with your wine of choice (oh, and everything tastes delicious, too).
Location: 41 E 30th St
Hours: Sunday-Monday: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM; Tuesday- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM
When vino is your middle name but you don’t always want to go to a place that feels like you need to be a sommelier, Wildair is your place. Step inside their bright oasis in the LES as you explore their wine menu of whites, reds, and pet’nats. While they do serve a small selection of cocktails and beers, you definitely need to chow down on their small food menu which involves their famous bread and olive oil. Because nothing goes better with wine than a side of bread that is covered in olive oil.
Location: 142 Orchard Street, NYC
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 6 -11 PM; Friday – Saturday: 6 – 11:30 PM
As you probably know, we’re pretty big fans when it comes to this bar. While Lois is unique in itself due to its all tap wine system, the price points are really where it’s at. All wines range from $3-$11 (you heard, right) and while their menu changes seasonally, you can guarantee that any type of wine you get will be fresh and tasteful. Stop in for brunch and grab a wine or two. If there’s one bar that’s going to be calling your name this summer, it’s definitely Lois.
Location: 98 Avenue C (between East 6th and East 7th streets)
Hours: Monday-Friday: 5pm-12am; Saturday: 4pm-12am; Sunday: 4pm-11pm
While the name might sound fancy, you really have nothing to worry about when it comes to this cool Nolita spot. Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels has granted her presence to us New Yorkers all the way from Paris. This gem has our hearts fluttering due to its beautiful list of vins. While the majority of the bottles come from France, they also have a nice selection from a few other countries around the world. Sit at the bar and enjoy the casual french ambiance as you enjoy some meals from their refined delicious menu.
Location: 249 Centre Street New York, NY 10013
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday from 5pm – 1am; Thursday-Saturday 5pm – 2am
Even though this spot hasn’t been opened for that long, it’s already making a name for itself due to its killer wine menu and sleek ambiance. If you don’t already know, the Four Horsemen was opened by James Murphey of LCD Soundsystem and he didn’t mess around. Just by taking a peek of their wine list (that just so happens to consist of over 250 bottles of wine) you’ll find your mind racing with endless possibilities. While this Brooklyn spot might be busy at some parts the night, it’s definitely worth the wait.
Location: 295 Grand Street, Williamsburg
Hours: Monday-Friday: 5.30pm-1am; Saturday-Sunday: 3pm-1am (serving food every day from 5.30pm-11pm)
Nestled on Court St. in Cobble Hill lies one of the coolest wine bars, June. This quaint spot is known for its natural wines and cozy environment. While they have an abundant amount of wines from Europe, they do house domestic bottles from California and New York, too. But even though wine is their specialty, come in for brunch to explore their small menu of grits, duck hash and sourdough french toast. Does it get better than this? We think not.
Location: 231 Court Street in Cobble Hill
Hours: Dinner Sun-Thu: 5:30pm-12am Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-1am; Brunch Saturday & Sunday: 11am-4pm
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