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The Best Wine Bars in Houston


If you’re a lover of the freshly fermented grape, look no further than the cosmopolitan city of Houston to indulge your oenophilia with these great wine bars.


We’ve gathered both traditional and new wine bars in Houston, offering a good variety of tastings. Here’s where to swirl, sniff, and sip the best wine in the city.


Montrose Cheese & Wine


With a lengthy list of wines, this retail shop and café is a great place to pick up a bottle (or two, or three) along with some aged cheeses, pastries, and charcuterie. Master sommeliers Peter McCarthy, Felipe Riccio, and June Rodil have expertly curated a place for cheese geeks to converse as well as wine aficionados. With many bottles priced at $40 or less, you may well go home with your next favorite bottle without breaking the bank. The indoor bar houses a cozy 10 seats, with more seating outdoors in their shaded courtyard area.


How to Survive on Land & Sea


The historic Second Ward proudly hosts this casual wine bar and retail wine shop, offering a small bites menu that pairs perfectly with their wine list. Their well-curated selection of wines from around the globe cast a laser eye on small producers, with a lengthy list of bottles. Start your fantastic grape journey with a choice of Bianco, Rosato, Rosso, or Dolce selections. And you will never come to the same wine bar twice, as their small wine-by-the-glass menu changes regularly.


Mutiny Wine Room


If this illustrious name conjures images of pirate ships, well, maybe not exactly, but we like your style! But at least you can raise your glass to the pirates in your mind because this casually elegant tasting room in a rustic space located in The Heights boasts a large selection from both Napa Valley and right here in Houston. Choose from favorites such as chardonnay and pinot noir with substantial notes of oak. After a few tastings, head to their dining room to pick out a full glass of your favorite for dinner.


Light Years Natural Wine Shop and Bar


Located in Montrose, this is a hip hangout known for its emphasis on organic and other natural wines, thoughtfully curated by the owners. At first glance, you may not realize you are in the right place, as the establishment has been converted from a residential home. But once you step inside, you are immediately transported to a cozy and quaint atmosphere that will soothe the savage beach of any wine enthusiast, with a large selection of wines immediately within view. Natural light fills the space with plenty of seating. It is not just a wine bar, it’s an inviting retail shop that educates as well as entertains the palette on the art and craft of natural wine.


13 Celsius


This Midtown wine bar has long been a staple of Houston’s oenophiles, with over 300 selections, not to mention 75 by-the-glass offerings. Their list of European wines runs deep, with an emphasis on Italian and French varietals. The name, of course, harkens to the exact temperature at which whites should be enjoyed.