If you’re looking for the best wine bars in Austin, we’ve got our favorite places to sip wine whether you want a fancy date night out complete with a chef’s tasting or a casual bottle shop with some heavenly pizza. Here is our list of the best wine bars in Austin according to a local wine expert (muah!) and where you’ll find me drinking wine.
A cozy date night space to enjoy low-intervention and rare wines from around the world.
Apt 112 is a little wine bar with a big wine list nestled inside an East Austin apartment building. The vibes are cozy and intimate making it feel like your good friend invited you over for a wine night at home. Said friend, might not have the 13-course chef’s tasting menu planned for you that Apt 112 does but you get the jist! The owner Joe curates the wine selection himself and you’ll often find him visiting each table and telling the story behind the bottles and why they made his list.
Details: Chef’s tasting menu or a la carte bites available, a great place to discover new varietals you won’t find anywhere else, and date night approved.
Luxurious wine bar and bottle shop for wine lovers with caviar bumps and fancy potato chips.
Ask any local wine expert where they like to drink wine and Neighborhood Vintner is at the top of their list. The space is beautifully decorated with an eye-catching wine bottle display outlining the outer walls of the shop along with vibrant gold shelving and a mirrored backdrop to display stemware. What makes Neighborhood Vitner one of the best wine bars in Austin beyond its incredible wine list is its focus on wine events and education. For more serious wine drinkers, their Sommeliers host Sunday School where they pick a topic and teach through a tasting, or if you want to improve your palate check out Wednesday Blind Tastings. Or if you just want a fun night out with friends with seriously good wine – this is the wine bar for you.
Details: It’s where the somms in town hang out because the wine selection, focus on education, and community aspect is top-notch.
A casual neighborhood wine spot with counter-service and must-try pizza.
Flo’s Wine Bar is a fantastic meeting spot for your wine-loving friends who appreciate a variety of bottle and by-the glass European wines. Order at the counter and head to the patio to enjoy for a laid-back vibe perfect for unwinding at the end of the day. For those needing a bite to eat, AllDay Pizza is on-site serving up slices, salads and soft serve.
Details: great post-work happy hour spot with casual bites and a thoughtful wine selection.
A beautiful blend of wine, coffee, and a boutique bike shop committed to the community.
The Meteor makes our best wine bars in Austin list for so many reasons but the fact that serving their community while boasting a delicious natural wine selection is probably at the top. Their approach to wine while serious is completely approachable with their blend of bike shop, cafe, and wine bar all rolled into one. It’s common you’ll find industry professionals and locals mixing on Tuesday nights during their wine producer highlight nights for just $15.
Details: natural wines, wine education opportunities, and a strong community focus.
Where pop culture meets wine culture for a night out in South Austin.
Aviary Wine & Kitchen takes neighborhood dining to a whole new level. It’s here where you will a wine large list of local and international wine selections, organized by cultural icons from musicans like Notorious B.I.G. to actor Robin Williams to get the vibe of what’s in your glass. Their menu is an elevated take on dishes from smash burgers to chicken liver mousse creating a surprising yet classic dining experience.
Details: offers a local wine list, elevated neighborhood dining, and fun vibes.
A stunning modern wine bar on South First with a Korean focused food menu.
An impressive wine list of nearly 30 pages from famous regions in Europe is no small feat but that’s exactly what Underdog offers. Don’t understand all the wine terms? Don’t fret! The educated staff at Underdog will guide you towards your perfect glass or bottle of wine based on your personal preferences. The ambiance is one-of-a-kind with the wine bar and restaurant boasting light, bright and elegant vibes to hang with friends, and a dark and moody wine shop with private dining and event space on the other. You’ll love this unique mash up of cultural influences from the food to the wine in an inviting setting on South First.
Details: large wine list, small group gatherings, to-go bottle shop, foodie experience.
A lively wine bar focused on natural winemaking and small producers in the charming Clarksville neighborhood.
Rosie’s Wine Bar makes our best wine bars in Austin list for their commitment to small producers and serving wines with unique terroir. The modest wine list is ever-changing and while by-the-glass options are available, it’s the ideal place to talk to the educated staff and find a bottle to share with the table. Their light bite options are influenced by Spanish, Portuguese, and French cuisine that perfectly complement the wines.
Details: weekday happy hour, featured producer nights, charming neighborhood vibes.
Buzzing all-day corner bistro on South Congress with an impressive wine list.
June’s is a serious contender for the top spot on our best places to drink wine in Austin list. While not technically a wine bar, the wine list is reminiscent of a passport to some of the world’s best wines and nothing short of impressive. Don’t skip the All Day menu ranging from breakfast croquettes to bone marrow bolognese for dinner. If you’re a sparkling wine lover then make sure to check out their popular half-price sparkling on Monday nights.
Details: happy hour specials, lively bistro atmosphere, and expansive wine list.
An award-winning spot in East Austin with a seasonally rotating menu and natural wines of the world.
From the moment you step into Birdie’s you feel the fine dining yet casual vibes they managed to execute flawlessly. Locals line up to order at the counter and select a glass of wine to start off their dining experience. Often you’ll find a featured wine producer offering special pours and unique terriors to discover. Everything on the menu is seasonally driven with a no-frills approach to fine dining. There’s no reservations but don’t let the long line deter you, it’s worth the wait!
Details: unique natural wine picks, seasonally driven food menu, and inviting atmosphere.
Romantic wine garden with vintage-chic vibes with a seasonally driven menu.
Lenoir has created a little wine garden oasis under gorgeous live oaks right on South First. It’s the perfect setting for a romantic date night without all the fancy frills. The wine list features select local producers and a wide variety of European producers. Come hungry because their farm-to-table dining experience cannot be missed.
Details: wine Wednesdays, happy hour, and food specials, with romantic garden-setting vibes.
Trendy South African wine bar in East Austin that offers a variety of exciting events and unique sips.
Cape Bottle Room boasts a large selection of exclusively South African wines making it a great place to explore wine you wouldn’t find anywhere else. The tasting room is located just below street level in East Austin welcoming visitors with a neon blue “Get In Here” sign at the door. The atmosphere is casual and inviting yet has a sophisticated feel with it’s modern design and neutral palate. It’s the ideal place to meet a group of friends for a glass of wine or the perfect stop for a low key date night.
Details: hosts a variety of wine events and live music, happy hour specials, and trendy modern space.
Fine dining and wine experience in a space oozing old Hollywood glamour.
Not technically a wine bar but a restaurant of this caliber with a wine list 50+ pages long deserves a spot on the best wine bars in Austin list. Jeffrey’s dining experience is one of the best in the city and the wine program is impressive to say the least. You’ll find serious wine enthusiasts flocking to Jeffrey’s on Sundays for their 50% off bottles of wine special for a chance to try some really rare gems for a great price.
Details: The most expansive and impressive wine list in the city, ideal for a fancy date night or celebrating a special occasion.