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Best 20 Wine Bars in Washington DC


Wine bars have become very popular in the Washington DC area in recent years. Following are some of the best places in the capital region to enjoy great wine and to learn about vintages from around the world. Many of these restaurants offer excellent food as well.

(Listed in Alphabetical Order)

1. Bardeo Wine Bar

3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 244-6750. Located in Cleveland Park, the modern American Bistro has an extensive wine list of over 140 varieties from around the world offers including 28 rose, white, red and sparkling offerings available by the half or full glass.

2. Bistrot Lepic and Wine Bar

1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 333-0111. The Georgetown restaurant offers classic, regional and contemporary French cuisine and an extensive selection of wines.

3. Cork Restaurant & Wine Bar

1720 14th Street NW Washington, DC (202) 265-2675. Located just south of the U Street Corridor, Cork offers more than 50 wines by the glass and 160 bottles from small producers around the world. Wine tastings and special events are available.

4. F Street Bistro and Wine Bar

State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street, NW Washington DC (202) 861-8200. The hotel wine bar offers a wide selection of wines by the glass and bottle.

5. Grand Cru Wine Bar & Bistro

4401 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA (703) 243-7900. The European style cafe focuses on combining food and wine at a reasonable price. Outdoor dining is available during the warmer months of the year.

6. Grapeseed American Bistro and Wine Bar

4865 Cordell Avenue Bethesda, MD (301) 986-9592. The popular Bethesda restaurant offers a wide selection of wines with a menu that pairs wine selections for each dish.

7. Iron Bridge Wine Company

Two locations: 10435 Maryland Route 108, Columbia, MD (410) 997-3456 and 29 Main Street Warrenton, VA (540) 349-9339. The wine bar offers 30 wines by the glass and 300 by the bottle. Small plates complement the wines. The cozy atmosphere makes this a great destination for a romantic event or an intimate gathering with friends.

8. Le Chat Noir

4907 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC (202) 244-2044. The wine lounge at the French restaurant in Friendship Heights is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and offers a variety of wines and silent films.

9. Proof

775 G Street NW Washington, DC (202) 737-7663. The wine-centric restaurant serves Modern American cuisine. It is an award winning restaurant offering more than 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 bottles of wine.

10. Ripple

3417 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington DC (202) 244-7995. The restaurant in Cleveland Park focuses on sustainability, organic and locally-acquired ingredients and features more than 50 wines.

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