If you enjoy sipping while supping, it’s time to head to a local wine bar where the pours are generous and their collection of varietals even better. Here’s a look at five of the best wine bars in Boston.
1 Sip Wine Bar + Kitchen
Sip, sample and savor. No matter how you choose it, Sip Wine Bar + Kitchen serves up some of the best pours in the city. Choose among a sip, half glass or full pour or share a bottle for the table of your favorite varietal. Be sure to ask about the daily sample of flights to get started or let your server take you on a journey through spicy reds, buttery whites or sweet and bubbly that taste better when sharing small dishes like grill-charred broccoli with cashew-parmesan gratin; grass-fed beef sliders or blackened rare ahi tuna tacos.
581 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111
Try a two-ounce pour of sweet whites like Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett or bolder reds like RouteStock Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine aficionados and foodies alike flock to this French restaurant located just steps from Boston Common and the Theatre District. This cozy bistro is open for dinner only where diners get started on snacks like the Hudson Valley foie gras duo; chilled Maine lobster crepe; rye flour gnocchi with crispy lamb bacon; and braised Spanish octopus before moving onto heartier dishes like roasted Peking duck, black sea bass and Painted Hills beef duo.
140 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
3 Les Zygomates
It's all about the perfect pour at Les Zygomates. Belly up to this popular wine bar in the Leather District to listen to some great jazz while snacking on an order of fried oysters and sharing a bottle of Jordan, Alexander Valley, California cabernet. Be sure to ask for their Reserve wine list that includes rare finds like a 1983 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France and 1970 Chateau Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux, France.
129 South Street Boston, MA 02111
4 Barcelona Wine Bar
Barcelona Wine Bar is the South End's answer to a great Spanish wine bar without having to travel to Barcelona. Here, you can sample an impressive collection of wines from Spain and South America. They offer 40 wines by the glass that pair up even better with a nice selection of tapas for sharing, including spiced beef empanadas, grilled broccolini, chickpea fritters and Stillman Farm corn risotto. Thirty percent of the wine list is made up of rare South American finds like Bodegas Carrau Chardonnay, Erath First Syrah and Malbec, and the Quieto reds from Mendoza.
525 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
There's no excuse for not bellying up to this wine bar on Newbury Street after a day of haute shopping. If you can't decide what you are in the mood for, choose a sample flight of three different wine tastings, or order a bottle of Vermentino di Sardegna Agricolas Costamolino to share with a sampling of fresh burrata or a selection of imported cheese. For dinner, pair up a reserve bottle of Provenance Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 with the grilled rack of lamb or baby veal stuffed with prosciutto and fontina cheese.
226 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116