While the best cocktail bars and best Austin rooftop bars are top contenders on our list of the best bars in town, there's nothing quite like unwinding after a long day at one of Austin's best wine bars. From bistros to educational vin studios, these cozy lounges serve excellent red, white and bubbly varieties to experts and newbies alike. Now all we need is a decadent plate of pasta to pair it with. Good thing we know a few good places for that, too.
Best Austin wine bars
If you’ve been passing by Bar Lamar but never entering while shopping at the downtown Whole Foods, you’d better start making up for lost time. Global beverage buyer Devon Broglie, one of only a few master sommeliers in the world, is responsible for the rotating wine list and, thanks to the Corvine wine tool (which allows bars to pour small amounts without having to open the whole bottle), high end wines can be offered by the glass or in $35 flights. Note that any bottle can be taken off the shelf and enjoyed at retail price with no corkage fee.
Chinatown has one of the biggest and best selections of wine in town. Owner and restaurateur Ronald Cheng is a connoisseur and so hand picks the 200 labels (and 2,000 bottles) found at his Greystone location, where orders can be made upstairs in the dining room or downstairs in Street, his casual Asian street food-inspired hangout.
Though the bar area itself is on the smaller side, the wine list at L’oca D’oro must not be overlooked. Four wines are always on tap and other selections by the glass and bottle naturally lean toward Italy but include options from Spain, France, Western Australia, Portugal and more. Those in the know eventually move to the dining room to experience chef/owner Fiore Tedesco’s adventurous Italian-American dishes for dinner.
This warm and inviting little South Austin wine bar features a smart and well-priced wine list which includes some refreshing Texas-grown grapes (an element sorely lacking from most of Austin’s local wine bars), as well as Californian and Italian options. Pair your glass or bottle with a few of Winebelly's fantastic snacks, including duck bruschetta, patatas bravas and grilled broccolini with burrata.
This Cedar Park wine bar hopes to spread one message: wine doesn’t need to be pretentious. Knowledgable servers guide guests through a wine menu that always features several eco-friendly options on tap. Head to the bar area, slip into one of the booths or pull up a seat on the spacious patio—and if you come hungry, you might consider ordering the house-made mozzarella pulled to order, roasted beets za’atar and steel head trout a la meunière.
This Westlake neighborhood wine bar has now grown to three locations (including one downtown and one in South Austin). And though the incredible namesake oak grove at the original couldn’t be replicated, the other two locations do feature the same well-priced list of glasses and bottles, plus ten different themed flights. In addition to pizza, the menu features plenty of dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options designed to pair with the wines. To top it all off, guests can enjoy a 25 percent discount on any unopened bottles purchased at retail cost.