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Roots bar allows wine-lovers to self-pour and sample more than 50 types of wine.
Michael Anthony

15 Essential Houston Wine Bars

With sit-down classes, sommelier-picked flights, and vending machines that allow samples and self-pour galore, Houston’s wine bars have something for everyone

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Roots bar allows wine-lovers to self-pour and sample more than 50 types of wine.
| Michael Anthony

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, art, and brunch. Check out these 15 essential Houston wine bars for everything from budget-priced wines to spendy bottles that are definitely worth the cash.

Is your favorite wine bar missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Decant Urban Winery

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Old-world techniques meet modern sensibilities at this women-owned winery. Decant prides itself on cultivating wine using traditional fermentation processes to ensure every bottle is unique and is of tremendous standards. Stop by their Prohibition-era-themed tasting room for bottles, flights, and pours — all with an educational behind-the-scenes view into the love and dedication that goes into the process. An added perk for pet-lovers — its patio is pooch-friendly.

Reata Cellars

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This newly opened Heights bottle shop and tasting room doubles as a wine destination and gallery of handcrafts and home décor. With bottle specials offered weekly and frequent tasting events, Reata is a homey place to sip and discover new wine without the pomp and circumstance.

Nice Winery

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Looking for some wine education? Helmed by Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld, Nice takes their wines and their tasting experiences up a notch. The winery offers appointment-only guided wine class sit-down experiences complete with cheese or food pairings, plus the option to peruse its winery and award-winning bottles, including its 2018 cabernet franc from Paicines, California, which earned the Reserve Best in Show at the most recent Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show.

Memorial Wine Cellar

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This family-owned wine cellar, tasting room, and bottle shop is home to over 400 different wines from around the globe. This vast selection is available to take home or sip in-house, but the pro move is to get one of their three-pour flights. From earthy Spanish reds to floral wines from lesser-known regions such as Georgia, pick any three wines you want to sample and get transported to a wine country. Be sure to check out their weekly specials, including their Saturday pizza and flight night.

Eads Family Vineyards

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Visit Bourdeaux through your tastebuds at this Memorial Park cellar and tasting room. As one of the first purveyors of French wine to Texas, Eads has not only been engrained in the Texan wine culture for decades but it is also one of Houston’s premier wine experiences. Expect a showcase of sought-after wines and seasonal specialties to pair with small bites of caviar, charcuterie, and cheese during any of their tastings.

Mutiny Wine Room

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Space City meets Napa Valley at this gorgeous Heights tasting room, which harbors some of the most exclusive bottles in all of Texas. Besides boasting a rare and extensive bottle list, Mutiny is home to the Farmhouse, where you can find exquisite food pairings to go alongside any of their wines for a true Sonoma-style tasting experience with the Texan hospitality we all know and love.

SERCA Wines

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Situated in a historic, renovated 1902 home on Heights Boulevard, Serca Wines brings the wines of the famed Mendoza region of Argentina to the Houston community. The elegant tasting room pours everything from Argentinean staple malbecs to merlots, plus a variety of other wines from regions around the world, including the rich terroir of Argentina.

Postino Town & Country

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With five locations in the Houston area, this Arizona-born wine bar chain offers a relaxed place to unwind with wine in hand. Take advantage of their daily happy hour until 5 p.m. with $6 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer, or visit on Monday or Tuesday after 8 p.m., when a bottle of wine and a bruschetta board will run you $25.

A spread of salads, charcuterie board, grilled cheese, and glasses of wine at Postino.
With multiple locations, Postino is an accessible option when the craving for wine and cheese calls.
Jenn Duncan

Bringing together the vibrant Houston local art scene with wine, cocktails, and a robust dinner and brunch menu, Trez is an intimate Black-owned wine destination with a great ethos. The vibes are always right, with local artists’ work adorning the bar, live music, and an extensive bottle list with wines from top regions around the country. Start with a sommelier-picked wine flight, with three 3-oz pours, ranging from a set of adventurous, sweet, sparkling, well-aged, or rosé varieties.

Pur Noire Urban Wineries

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The first Black-owned winery and tasting room in Houston, Pur Noire offers tastings of their pinots, rosés, and other wines with a reservation. Wednesday nights, however, offer open seating during game and wine nights — a surefire way to familiarize yourself with the winery’s vibrant wines and socialize with fellow wine lovers.

Oporto Fooding House & Wine

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Portuguese tapas and old-world wines are front and center at this Midtown hotspot, which also boasts one of the best Madeira, port, and dessert wine lists in town. Grab the pesticos sampler — a plate full of Portuguese staples such as serrano ham and Manchego cheese to pair brilliantly with any of Oporto’s lively reds, fruity whites, or ros​​és.

Montrose Cheese & Wine

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Located on Westheimer alongside fellow Goodnight Hospitality group hotspots Rosie Cannonball and March, this natural wine bar and shop offers some of Houston’s premier wines, artisanal cheese, and great daily sandwich and food offerings in a quaint, comfortable setting. Take a journey sampling various juicy and rambunctious natty wines at the bar, and be sure to capitalize on the staff’s knowledge when selecting your next bottle. You can’t go wrong with a pet-nat for the road.

As the first “automated” wine bar in Houston, Roots uses wine vending machines to allow patrons to sample and sip over 50 different wines, taking the phrase “try before you buy” to another level. Roots also specializes in low-intervention wines and highlights lesser-known producers and minority-owned wineries and offers beer, cider, and great small bites such as the wagyu tartare for a well-rounded selection.

A vending machine-line contraption at Roots that stores wine bottles that allow drinkers to self-pour.
Pick your wine. Press a button, and let the pouring begin.
Michael Anthony

Vinology

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Houston gets their own European-style enoteca at this wine institution. Equal parts wine bar, bottle shop, and wine education symposium, Vinology is the complete wine experience for casual sippers and hardcore wine enthusiasts alike. Their signature curated wine flights change weekly, so patrons can be delighted to try something new with each visit.

Haak Vineyards & Winery, Inc.

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If returning from or en route to Galveston, stop by this winery for a mini getaway. Opt for a glass or bottle to take home, or spend some time wandering the scenic grounds. Tours are held Wednesday through Sunday, and come with a glass of wine, plus a tasting, which can help you make a more informed pick. Visit on Wednesday for half-priced glasses of wine.

Decant Urban Winery

Old-world techniques meet modern sensibilities at this women-owned winery. Decant prides itself on cultivating wine using traditional fermentation processes to ensure every bottle is unique and is of tremendous standards. Stop by their Prohibition-era-themed tasting room for bottles, flights, and pours — all with an educational behind-the-scenes view into the love and dedication that goes into the process. An added perk for pet-lovers — its patio is pooch-friendly.

Reata Cellars

This newly opened Heights bottle shop and tasting room doubles as a wine destination and gallery of handcrafts and home décor. With bottle specials offered weekly and frequent tasting events, Reata is a homey place to sip and discover new wine without the pomp and circumstance.

Nice Winery

Looking for some wine education? Helmed by Le Cordon Bleu trained chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers Ryan Levy and Ian Eastveld, Nice takes their wines and their tasting experiences up a notch. The winery offers appointment-only guided wine class sit-down experiences complete with cheese or food pairings, plus the option to peruse its winery and award-winning bottles, including its 2018 cabernet franc from Paicines, California, which earned the Reserve Best in Show at the most recent Houston Rodeo & Livestock Show.

Memorial Wine Cellar

This family-owned wine cellar, tasting room, and bottle shop is home to over 400 different wines from around the globe. This vast selection is available to take home or sip in-house, but the pro move is to get one of their three-pour flights. From earthy Spanish reds to floral wines from lesser-known regions such as Georgia, pick any three wines you want to sample and get transported to a wine country. Be sure to check out their weekly specials, including their Saturday pizza and flight night.

Eads Family Vineyards

Visit Bourdeaux through your tastebuds at this Memorial Park cellar and tasting room. As one of the first purveyors of French wine to Texas, Eads has not only been engrained in the Texan wine culture for decades but it is also one of Houston’s premier wine experiences. Expect a showcase of sought-after wines and seasonal specialties to pair with small bites of caviar, charcuterie, and cheese during any of their tastings.

Mutiny Wine Room

Space City meets Napa Valley at this gorgeous Heights tasting room, which harbors some of the most exclusive bottles in all of Texas. Besides boasting a rare and extensive bottle list, Mutiny is home to the Farmhouse, where you can find exquisite food pairings to go alongside any of their wines for a true Sonoma-style tasting experience with the Texan hospitality we all know and love.

SERCA Wines

Situated in a historic, renovated 1902 home on Heights Boulevard, Serca Wines brings the wines of the famed Mendoza region of Argentina to the Houston community. The elegant tasting room pours everything from Argentinean staple malbecs to merlots, plus a variety of other wines from regions around the world, including the rich terroir of Argentina.

Postino Town & Country

A spread of salads, charcuterie board, grilled cheese, and glasses of wine at Postino.
With multiple locations, Postino is an accessible option when the craving for wine and cheese calls.
Jenn Duncan

With five locations in the Houston area, this Arizona-born wine bar chain offers a relaxed place to unwind with wine in hand. Take advantage of their daily happy hour until 5 p.m. with $6 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer, or visit on Monday or Tuesday after 8 p.m., when a bottle of wine and a bruschetta board will run you $25.

A spread of salads, charcuterie board, grilled cheese, and glasses of wine at Postino.
With multiple locations, Postino is an accessible option when the craving for wine and cheese calls.
Jenn Duncan

Trez

Bringing together the vibrant Houston local art scene with wine, cocktails, and a robust dinner and brunch menu, Trez is an intimate Black-owned wine destination with a great ethos. The vibes are always right, with local artists’ work adorning the bar, live music, and an extensive bottle list with wines from top regions around the country. Start with a sommelier-picked wine flight, with three 3-oz pours, ranging from a set of adventurous, sweet, sparkling, well-aged, or rosé varieties.

Pur Noire Urban Wineries

The first Black-owned winery and tasting room in Houston, Pur Noire offers tastings of their pinots, rosés, and other wines with a reservation. Wednesday nights, however, offer open seating during game and wine nights — a surefire way to familiarize yourself with the winery’s vibrant wines and socialize with fellow wine lovers.

Oporto Fooding House & Wine

Portuguese tapas and old-world wines are front and center at this Midtown hotspot, which also boasts one of the best Madeira, port, and dessert wine lists in town. Grab the pesticos sampler — a plate full of Portuguese staples such as serrano ham and Manchego cheese to pair brilliantly with any of Oporto’s lively reds, fruity whites, or ros​​és.

Montrose Cheese & Wine

Located on Westheimer alongside fellow Goodnight Hospitality group hotspots Rosie Cannonball and March, this natural wine bar and shop offers some of Houston’s premier wines, artisanal cheese, and great daily sandwich and food offerings in a quaint, comfortable setting. Take a journey sampling various juicy and rambunctious natty wines at the bar, and be sure to capitalize on the staff’s knowledge when selecting your next bottle. You can’t go wrong with a pet-nat for the road.

Roots

A vending machine-line contraption at Roots that stores wine bottles that allow drinkers to self-pour.
Pick your wine. Press a button, and let the pouring begin.
Michael Anthony

As the first “automated” wine bar in Houston, Roots uses wine vending machines to allow patrons to sample and sip over 50 different wines, taking the phrase “try before you buy” to another level. Roots also specializes in low-intervention wines and highlights lesser-known producers and minority-owned wineries and offers beer, cider, and great small bites such as the wagyu tartare for a well-rounded selection.

A vending machine-line contraption at Roots that stores wine bottles that allow drinkers to self-pour.
Pick your wine. Press a button, and let the pouring begin.
Michael Anthony

Vinology

Houston gets their own European-style enoteca at this wine institution. Equal parts wine bar, bottle shop, and wine education symposium, Vinology is the complete wine experience for casual sippers and hardcore wine enthusiasts alike. Their signature curated wine flights change weekly, so patrons can be delighted to try something new with each visit.

Haak Vineyards & Winery, Inc.

If returning from or en route to Galveston, stop by this winery for a mini getaway. Opt for a glass or bottle to take home, or spend some time wandering the scenic grounds. Tours are held Wednesday through Sunday, and come with a glass of wine, plus a tasting, which can help you make a more informed pick. Visit on Wednesday for half-priced glasses of wine.

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