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16 Essential Houston Wine Bars

Where to go for the perfect pour (and cheese and charcuterie)

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Feast on bruschetta and sip wine at Postino Wine Cafe
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Houston’s wine scene continues to improve, and with that, so does the city’s diverse selection of wine bars.

That means dog-friendly patios, Old World-inspired decor, and opportunities to pair imbibing with live music, and even ghost-spotting. Check out these 16 essential Houston wine bars for everything from budget-priced wines to spendy bottles that are definitely worth the cash.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

For the perfect Italian-inspired evening with pizza and wine, Crisp in the Heights offers a 5,000-square-foot patio and garden space, a wood-fired pizza oven, and over 100 hand-selected wines and craft beers on tap. The wines are housed in a climate-controlled wine room and drinkers can taste test before committing to a full pour while enjoying the pretty outdoor space.

Photo: Crisp

Postino Heights

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With an impressive array of wines from sparkling rosés to pinot grigios and more, Postino is the perfect date night setting or happy hour hang-out. Choose from glasses of vino priced $10 and up, then pair with shareable plates of bruschetta bites and charcuterie. 

Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden

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Imbibe in over 25 different wines at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden while lounging on the dog-friendly patio and garden.

Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden

Public Services Wine & Whisky

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This Downtown stalwart is housed on the first floor of the 1884 Cotton Exchange building and preserves the space’s old world charm. Enjoy snacks curated by the team behind Theodore Rex along with an extensive list of wines, including reds, whites, rosès, and sparkling — and an impressive whiskey selection as well.

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La Carafe

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One of the oldest haunts in Houston, La Carafe has been serving patrons with a simple menu of wines and beers since the 1960s. Be sure to bring enough cash for both your bar tab (La Carafe doesn’t accept credit card payments) and for the jukebox. Keep an eye out for any supernatural encounters (the bar is allegedly haunted) or simply enjoy the well-priced bottles and friendly faces.

La Carafe

Sable Gate Winery

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A true local winery is hard to find in Houston, but Sable Gate Winery is a rare exception. Stop in for a glass at this Midtown winery with over 30 varietals and enjoy a small accompanying bistro menu of cheeses, pastas and pizzas.

Sable Gate Winery

Avondale Food & Wine

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Housed in the former L’Olivier space, Avondale Food & Wine marries a restaurant with a wine shop headed by chef Olivier Ciesielski and heavyweight sommelier Nate Rose. Swing by on Thursday for fried chicken paired with rose, or Tuesdays for a hearty steak and glass of red. Before leaving, score a bottle of wine to enjoy at home later.

Vinoteca Poscol

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Vinoteca Poscol summons the spirit of Venice in its charming Westheimer location. Chef Marco Wiles focuses on light Italian bites and a varied Italian wine selection, with knowledgable staff members that can recommend a perfect pairing.

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Penny Quarter

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Located next door to its sister spot and vaunted cocktail lounge Anvil, Penny Quarter boasts an extensive and international wine list curated by sommelier Justin Vann. Sip glasses of red or white from Italy, France, Greece, New Zealand, Spain, or Portugal, all while enjoying a chic midcentury atmosphere. During happy hour, which runs all day Monday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, sip wines at half-price.

Camerata at Paulie's

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This inviting Montrose bar pairs its über knowledgeable staff with an extensive wine list and small bites, plus a welcoming atmosphere that encourages repeat visits. Camerata’s by-the-glass list changes daily, and the bottle list is updated monthly.

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13 Celsius

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On the outskirts of Midtown, in a 1920’s industrial building with a romantic outdoor patio reminiscent of a European countryside enoteca, sits 13 Celsius. The climate-controlled cellar in the middle of the bar is kept at 13 degrees Celsius (hence the name), and stocked with more than 100 different unique wines from all over the world. Nibble on classic cheese and charcuterie plates, handmade truffles or tableside s’mores while enjoying a glass (or three).

Photo: 13 Celsius

Light Years Natural Wine Shop and Bar

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Natural wine is trending across the country, and these pesticide-free, naturally fermented grapes are beautifully showcased at Light Years. Occupying a homey space and boasting friendly, educated servers, it’s a great spot for learning about new wines or just enjoying them. Enjoy a glass (or bottle) while relaxing in a cozy nook or cranny of the bar playing board games or chatting with friendly regulars. 

Beckrew Wine House

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Contemporary yet rustic Beckrew Wine House offers something special for grape-loving enthusiasts of all experience levels. Here, find heavy pours, a thoughtful coffee selection to balance out the wine flights, cheese and charcuterie plates and a helpful staff.

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Bacco Wine and Spirits

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Cozy West University wine bar Bacco Wine & Spirits is ideal for an intimate meet-up with friends or a romantic pre-dinner destination. Cuddle up on the couch with a bottle of well-priced wine from a simple wine list and small menu of bruschetta, cheeses or pizzas. The friendly bartenders and neighborhood feel of the joint inspire return visits.

Bacco

Simone on Sunset

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Live music, a great happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a top-notch wine selection welcome oenophiles at Simone’s in Rice Village. The cozy communal bar boasts a bountiful list of wines, beers and specialty cocktails — plus, $5 glasses of wine during happy hour and the unpretentious crowd is an added bonus.

Simone on Sunset

Vino & Vinyl

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As its name would indicate, vinyl records and wine pair beautifully at this laid-back, intimate Sugar Land wine bar. Find unique, boutique bottles while perusing local art, or pop in for a perfectly paired wine dinner on date night.

Crisp

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For the perfect Italian-inspired evening with pizza and wine, Crisp in the Heights offers a 5,000-square-foot patio and garden space, a wood-fired pizza oven, and over 100 hand-selected wines and craft beers on tap. The wines are housed in a climate-controlled wine room and drinkers can taste test before committing to a full pour while enjoying the pretty outdoor space.

Photo: Crisp

Postino Heights

With an impressive array of wines from sparkling rosés to pinot grigios and more, Postino is the perfect date night setting or happy hour hang-out. Choose from glasses of vino priced $10 and up, then pair with shareable plates of bruschetta bites and charcuterie. 

Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden

Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden

Imbibe in over 25 different wines at Spring Street Beer & Wine Garden while lounging on the dog-friendly patio and garden.

Spring Street Beer and Wine Garden

Public Services Wine & Whisky

Public Services Wine & Whisky

This Downtown stalwart is housed on the first floor of the 1884 Cotton Exchange building and preserves the space’s old world charm. Enjoy snacks curated by the team behind Theodore Rex along with an extensive list of wines, including reds, whites, rosès, and sparkling — and an impressive whiskey selection as well.

Public Services Wine & Whisky

La Carafe

La Carafe

One of the oldest haunts in Houston, La Carafe has been serving patrons with a simple menu of wines and beers since the 1960s. Be sure to bring enough cash for both your bar tab (La Carafe doesn’t accept credit card payments) and for the jukebox. Keep an eye out for any supernatural encounters (the bar is allegedly haunted) or simply enjoy the well-priced bottles and friendly faces.

La Carafe

Sable Gate Winery

Sable Gate Winery

A true local winery is hard to find in Houston, but Sable Gate Winery is a rare exception. Stop in for a glass at this Midtown winery with over 30 varietals and enjoy a small accompanying bistro menu of cheeses, pastas and pizzas.

Sable Gate Winery

Avondale Food & Wine

Housed in the former L’Olivier space, Avondale Food & Wine marries a restaurant with a wine shop headed by chef Olivier Ciesielski and heavyweight sommelier Nate Rose. Swing by on Thursday for fried chicken paired with rose, or Tuesdays for a hearty steak and glass of red. Before leaving, score a bottle of wine to enjoy at home later.

Vinoteca Poscol

The exterior of Vinoteca Poscol Vinoteca Poscol [Official Photo]

Vinoteca Poscol summons the spirit of Venice in its charming Westheimer location. Chef Marco Wiles focuses on light Italian bites and a varied Italian wine selection, with knowledgable staff members that can recommend a perfect pairing.

The exterior of Vinoteca Poscol Vinoteca Poscol [Official Photo]

Penny Quarter

Located next door to its sister spot and vaunted cocktail lounge Anvil, Penny Quarter boasts an extensive and international wine list curated by sommelier Justin Vann. Sip glasses of red or white from Italy, France, Greece, New Zealand, Spain, or Portugal, all while enjoying a chic midcentury atmosphere. During happy hour, which runs all day Monday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, sip wines at half-price.

Camerata at Paulie's

Photo: Camerata at Paulie’s

This inviting Montrose bar pairs its über knowledgeable staff with an extensive wine list and small bites, plus a welcoming atmosphere that encourages repeat visits. Camerata’s by-the-glass list changes daily, and the bottle list is updated monthly.

Photo: Camerata at Paulie’s

13 Celsius

Photo: 13 Celsius

On the outskirts of Midtown, in a 1920’s industrial building with a romantic outdoor patio reminiscent of a European countryside enoteca, sits 13 Celsius. The climate-controlled cellar in the middle of the bar is kept at 13 degrees Celsius (hence the name), and stocked with more than 100 different unique wines from all over the world. Nibble on classic cheese and charcuterie plates, handmade truffles or tableside s’mores while enjoying a glass (or three).

Photo: 13 Celsius

Light Years Natural Wine Shop and Bar

Natural wine is trending across the country, and these pesticide-free, naturally fermented grapes are beautifully showcased at Light Years. Occupying a homey space and boasting friendly, educated servers, it’s a great spot for learning about new wines or just enjoying them. Enjoy a glass (or bottle) while relaxing in a cozy nook or cranny of the bar playing board games or chatting with friendly regulars. 

Beckrew Wine House

Beckrew

Contemporary yet rustic Beckrew Wine House offers something special for grape-loving enthusiasts of all experience levels. Here, find heavy pours, a thoughtful coffee selection to balance out the wine flights, cheese and charcuterie plates and a helpful staff.

Beckrew

Bacco Wine and Spirits

Bacco

Cozy West University wine bar Bacco Wine & Spirits is ideal for an intimate meet-up with friends or a romantic pre-dinner destination. Cuddle up on the couch with a bottle of well-priced wine from a simple wine list and small menu of bruschetta, cheeses or pizzas. The friendly bartenders and neighborhood feel of the joint inspire return visits.

Bacco

Simone on Sunset

Simone on Sunset

Live music, a great happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a top-notch wine selection welcome oenophiles at Simone’s in Rice Village. The cozy communal bar boasts a bountiful list of wines, beers and specialty cocktails — plus, $5 glasses of wine during happy hour and the unpretentious crowd is an added bonus.

Simone on Sunset

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Vino & Vinyl

As its name would indicate, vinyl records and wine pair beautifully at this laid-back, intimate Sugar Land wine bar. Find unique, boutique bottles while perusing local art, or pop in for a perfectly paired wine dinner on date night.

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