Austin's Best Wine Bars

10 wine bars that have taken Austin by storm


Austin’s wine bars are as varied as its population. Be it the hippy, all-organic crowd or the UT frat crew, there’s a wine bar for all of the personalities you can find in our laid-back, more-liberal-than-the-rest-of-the-state city. Whether you’re looking for a spot to impress a first date, a place to gather with friends, or an intimate but casual setting to share a bottle with a best friend, there is a wine bar to set the mood.

The summer months may be hot, but that’s only one more reason to pop open a refreshing bottle of wine.

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House Wine

The name says it all. This wine bar, located near the downtown area in a small, intimate house, has a patio where you can hang out with a view of downtown Austin. In addition to nightly specials and half-priced glasses of wine on any bottle opened the previous night, available on Sundays, it also has wine tasting classes.

This is the place to go if you’re looking to wile the night away gabbing with close friends or looking for an intimate venue at which to catch up. You’ll feel right at home [pun intended] on one of the couches or on the patio furniture outside.

Small nibbles like cheese plates and desserts are available, including a local artisan cheese plate for a sampling of the nearby farms’ products.

House Wine
408 Josephine St.
Austin, TX 78704
512-322-5210
 

The Grove Wine Bar

If you’re looking to avoid downtown but are still in that general area, head west to Westlake’s The Grove Wine Bar. It has 10 different flight selections to choose from, ranging from “Pure Pinot pleasure” to “Cabs you may want to go home with.”

In addition to its wine selection, which varies from California selections to Italian and Argentinian labels, The Grove Wine Bar serves soups, salads, starters, pizzas, pastas and paninis. While the menu sounds casual, it also has fine dining options, such as blue crab cake, seared miso sea bass and sesame-seared Ahi tuna.

The Grove Wine Bar
6317 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX, 78746
512-327-8822

Water 2 Wine

Water 2 Wine, which began in Austin, is only available in Central Texas, Denver and Milwaukee. However, it’s a franchise, so if you’re just visiting, you can always take it to your hometown. Not only can you try wines made at Water 2 Wine before buying a bottle, you can also make your own personalized wine complete with a custom label.

Making your own wine consists of choosing the variety of grapes, processing your batch, waiting about 45 days for the aging process and then returning to bottle the batch. Water 2 Wine lets you invite friends to help too, just bring some food and make it a party! These make great custom gifts for wedding parties, anniversaries or the holidays.

Water 2 Wine
North Central Austin
3300 W. Anderson Lane, #304
Austin, Texas 78757
512-465-WINE(9463)

South Austin
4036 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. 100
Austin, Texas 78704
512-428-WINE(9463)

 

Wink Wine Bar

This spot, tucked away on North Lamar Boulevard near Whole Earth Provision Company, makes you feel like you’re in-the-know on where to get happy hour when you walk in. It’s not that it’s packed, it’s just small, tucked away and has some great happy hour bites.

Because Wink Wine Bar is located next door to Wink Restaurant, you can order  from the restaurant’s full menu as well as some pub grub, like the mac ’n cheese with black truffles. The “winklist” is put together by Wink’s sommeliers, who meet with wine purveyors to come up with a list of reds and whites.

Wink Wine Bar
1014 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. E
Austin, TX 78703
512-482-8868

Malaga Wine & Tapas Bar

In addition to great wine, this restaurant has a great sangria. It can be a bit pricey, but makes for a lovely setting for a birthday celebration with friends. It’s lively and bustling with people surrounding the long bar. Executive Chef Alejandro Duran, a guest instructor at stores such as Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma, specially chooses the wine list.

The menu changes by the season but always delivers fine tasting food. Since it is served tapas-style, expect to choose two to three plates per person to be sufficiently full.

Malaga Wine & Tapas Bar
440 W. 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701
512-236-8020

 

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Comments

  • Vino Vino gets my vote for the best wine bar in Austin. You missed it altogether.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM


  • Missed the Red Room...and based on those listed, also should have included The Driskill Bar and Trio @ The Four Seasons.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM


  • Snooth User: atxgirl1
    1085730 24

    Vino Vino is great. You also missed The Red Room. It's brand new and above and beyond all the rest. It's worth visiting while in Austin and Snooth should definitely check it out.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM


  • The Water2Wine location in Round Rock, Texas is my favorite. Great staff!!

    Jun 18, 2012 at 4:05 PM


  • Snooth User: dport
    219780 21

    Why would you include a faux wine place?? Lake Travis Wine Trader easily surpasses all of the list in quality of the wine poured. Since I am a customer I believe the level of comraderie is its distinction. Very cost effective for the quality of wine tasting classes.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 6:45 PM


  • Totally missed TRIO at Four Seasons - terrific selection, knowledgeable *and* fabulous location and views.

    Jun 18, 2012 at 6:50 PM


  • Thanks for your great suggestions. I will try these and likely incorporate some of them into my future articles. Obviously I couldn't include everyone, but I tried to get a variety of places for all types. Take care! Tiffany

    Jun 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM


  • Snooth User: xicablu
    239267 51

    Vino Vino would have been my #1 choice~ surprised not to see it! Krave in Round Rock would be nice to have on here. Great to see Apothecary listed.

    Jun 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM


  • No AVIARY?????!!!!!

    Jun 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM


  • How have you missed vino vino? Definitely the best wine bar in Austin IMO.

    Jun 21, 2012 at 9:28 PM


  • nice

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:48 AM


  • Snooth User: jamchimps
    1385295 43

    Fantastic...!!

    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:25 AM


  • 360 Uno trattoia & Wine Bar is awesome. They also have a free wine tasting every Friday night.

    Dec 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM


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