The best wine bars in Boston

Check out the city’s best wine bars, plus wine-focused restaurants with notable bars and lounges
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By Gerrish Lopez |
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Boston might be better known for craft beer, but the city still has its share of excellent wine bars. Many of the best restaurants in Boston proudly maintain notable, award-winning wine programs, and several offer bars and lounges where you can explore their wine lists. Excellent wines and small plates make for a romantic date night; there’s no denying the boost that exceptional wine pairings bring to a meal. Sip your way through notable vintages and varietals while discovering lesser-known producers. These wine bars and restaurants offer Boston’s best opportunity to taste great wine on its own or with food.

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Best wine bars in Boston

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No. 9 Park
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Restaurants, French

No. 9 Park

icon-location-pin Beacon Hill

Decamp to No. 9 Park’s sophisticated bar to enjoy selections from Cat Silirie’s award-winning wine list. The list—comprised of old-world varietals as well as lesser-known wines—not only complements Barbara Lynch’s cuisine perfectly, but stands alone for those who want to focus on the wine. Silirie mentors the staff personally, so be sure to take advantage of their knowledge as you sip your way through the stunning selections.

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Troquet on South
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Restaurants, American creative

Troquet on South

icon-location-pin Leather District

Troquet has one of the city’s best wine programs. The list of 50-plus wines by the glass and more than 500 bottles includes well-known producers and vintages as well as hard-to-find wines from around the world. Pours are offered in two- and four-ounce increments, so wine-lovers can easily cover more ground in one sitting. Explore the wines on their own, but don’t miss the opportunity to dine at Troquet and savor the exceptional pairings offered with the food.

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3
Bin 26 Enoteca
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Restaurants, Italian

Bin 26 Enoteca

icon-location-pin Beacon Hill

This stylish Italian wine bar features wine-themed decor and a 25-page wine list. The list is not overwhelming, however, as staff will gladly help you select a wine to suit your mood. Stick with sample pours to try a range of offerings, or get a carafe to pair with simple, delicious small plates, cheeses, and charcuterie.

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BISq
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Restaurants, American creative

BISq

icon-location-pin Inman Sq

Recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants for 2016, BISq is one to visit for its unique, French-focused wine program. You’ll find small production wines, grower-producers, natural wines, champagnes, and other interesting selections of sherry and madeira by the glass. Sister restaurant to Bergamot, BISq also has an excellent menu of small plates.

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5
Haley Henry
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Bars, Wine bars

haley.henry

icon-location-pin Downtown

Tinned fish, charcuterie, and other luxurious small plates set the stage for unique wines at this Downtown Crossing wine bar. Small producers, especially female winemakers, are the stars of the list of primarily natural wines. If you’re not familiar with natural wines, the friendly staff is willing to help. Sample from the list of wines by the glass, or—if you commit to two glasses—they’ll open any available bottle for you. For your non-wine-drinking friends, there’s also a solid craft beer list.

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Craigie on Main
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Restaurants, Contemporary American

Craigie on Main

icon-location-pin Central Sq

Grab a seat at the casual bar area to sample from the Old World-dominant wine list at Craigie on Main. With more than 800 selections, the list is impressive and moderately-priced. Fans of German Riesling and Burgundy will have plenty to choose from. And of course, the offerings pair perfectly with the French-leaning menu.

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7
Bistro du Midi
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Restaurants, French

Bistro du Midi

icon-location-pin Back Bay

The gorgeously appointed upstairs restaurant may be a paean to French fine dining, but it’s the downstairs bar that will evoke your Paris yearning/nostalgia. Wines from France, Italy and the U.S. make up the list, which includes half-bottles and many a wine by the glass. But by all means settle in with a friend and order a full bottle; the insanely well-stocked cellar includes some amazing finds from Burgundy and Bordeaux and at least one $1,000 bottle.

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Les Zygomates
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Restaurants, Bistros

Les Zygomates

icon-location-pin Leather District

With red banquettes, a zinc bar, vintage decor, and regular live jazz performances, Les Zygomates nails the wine bar vibe. The massive list features eclectic selections and many affordable options. Keep an eye out for wine tastings with their in-house wine expert.

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Spoke Wine Bar
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Bars, Wine bars

Spoke Wine Bar

icon-location-pin Somerville

This beloved, intimate Davis Square spot has a small but well-curated wine list. As with their approach to the food menu, owners work closely with winemakers to offer a diverse and thoughtful wine list. The seasonally-influenced menu pairs well with selections. Special wine dinners offer guests the chance to learn more about specific wine regions, alongside delicious regional dishes.

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Piattini Wine Cafe
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Restaurants, Italian

Piattini Wine Cafe

icon-location-pin Back Bay

After shopping along Newbury Street, intimate Piattini Wine Cafe is the place to unwind with a glass and tapas-style Italian small plates. With dozens of offerings by the glass and an even larger selection of bottles, this wine list will satisfy all. Each glass of wine is presented with a card detailing its origins and tasting notes. The tiny patio is perfect for an intimate wine-focused date.

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Fromage Wine Bar & Restaurant
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Restaurants, Italian

Fromage Wine Bar & Restaurant

icon-location-pin South Boston

For a casual wine experience, this wine bar and bistro/deli has an extensive wine and cheese list. It’s a popular spot for the after-work crowd, but a decent place to sample wines and cheeses from around the world as well as other quality snacks. Try a few wines and cheeses and, since it’s a deli, you can take your favorite bottle and some cheese home with you.

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Bars, Wine bars

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