Wine O'clock, Anyone? Refocus and Relax at D.C.'s Fabulous Wine Bars

At the end of a long day, people just want to relax and rejuvenate before heading to bed. Wine is a favorite pastime among connoisseurs who can't wait to get their pour on. Whether you like red or white, sweet or dry, old world or new, the Washington, D.C. area has a number of wine bars to satisfy your palate.

Looking for lots of different choices? There are several bars in the nation's capital that have wine menus so long that they resemble small books. Grapeseed American Wine and Bistro has 350 selections with more than 80 just waiting to be sampled by the glass. Cork Wine Bar offers at least 50 wines by the glass and 160 bottles from small producers from around the world. 

Take an hour drive up I-270 to Frederick, Maryland to try two local favorites – The Tasting Room and Vini Culture. You won't be able to decide which is better – the amazing New American fare or the selection off the drink menu at The Tasting Room. Prepare for a fun experience at Vini Culture where wine is poured through a high-tech dispensing system. Try samples of all to find your favorite and go back for more!  

Wine can be fun whether you are a novice or an expert so head to the nation's capital to raise a glass at these top D.C. wine bars.  





Inside the Art Deco themed luxury abode, Hotel Palomar, you will find this jewel of a restaurant featuring sleek d�r harking back to 1920s New York paired with a Mediterranean color palette. The menu is composed of contemporary Italian...  Read More

Chevy Chase
Le Chat Noir


This D.C. destination takes its name from one of the first avant-garde cabarets to open in Paris in the 1880s. With a casual atmosphere, guests may head to the upstairs wine lounge, Le Chat Perche, to sample some vino and watch silent images of...  Read More

U Street


Can't make it to Europe? Go to Vinoteca to sit at their outdoor bar and bocca court and you will feel like you are there. Whether you prefer light or full bodied white or saucy reds, this venue has a number of different choices to satisfy your...  Read More

Outside the City
Vini Culture
Photo courtesy of Vini Culture


Don't you hate it when you buy a bottle of wine and discover, it isn't what you wanted? Head to Vini Culture in Frederick, Md. where you can sample and compare a variety of different wines from their high-tech dispensing system. The wines are...  Read More



Opened in April 1995, this destination is much beloved and features a simple yet delicious menu served at the restaurant on the bottom floor and a cozy wine bar on the second floor. Serving lunch, brunch and dinner selections, favorites include...  Read More

Outside the City


Gas up the car folks because this restaurant/wine bar is totally worth the drive up to Frederick, Md. – about an hour outside of the district. You won't be able to decide which is better – the amazing New American fare or the selection off...  Read More



Boasting a motto of 'Food is the focus. Wine is the passion,' this Penn Quarter destination lives up to the hype. With a warm yet contemporary chic atmosphere, Proof offers a modern menu that changes frequently and showcases an astounding wine...  Read More



Located just outside the district, this Bethesda restaurant's wine bar features a jaw-dropping 350 selections with more than 80 just waiting to be sampled by the glass. Bring your reading glasses because the wine menu is 19 pages long featuring...  Read More



Want a casual setting to sit back and have fun with friends yet still have an upscale experience? Head to Cleveland Park and seek out Ripple, a restaurant/wine bar located just across the street from the historic Uptown Theater. Even the most...  Read More

Logan Circle


Washington, D.C. nightlife can get rather chaotic and overwhelming. Sometimes you just need a place to sit and enjoy a nice glass of wine with some simple, local food. Enter Cork Wine Bar on 14 Street in Northwest. Cold and hot menu items are...  Read More


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