The “Live Music Capital of the World” is home to classy cocktail bars, exceptional libraries, and fun activities. However, sometimes there is nothing better than finding yourself enveloped by the romance and sophistication of an intimate wine bar. Luckily, a number of wine bars in Austin are offering just that.
Although when it comes to local wine tasting the Texas Hill Country, home to over 50 wineries, is generally the first port of call, Austin city makes up for its lack of vineyards in its supply of wine bars. Whether you’re in the mood for a dry Muscadet or Italian red, diversity is certainly not absent from the wine lists at these charming places.
1. Aviary Wine & Kitchen
If you’re looking for a wine bar that ticks all the boxes in terms of variety, a pairing-focused menu, and atmosphere, Aviary Wine & Kitchen is the place for you. Marco Fiorilo and Shanna Eldridge, two vino-inclined people under the spell of wanderlust, turned their décor shop into a full-service restaurant in 2017.
This charming wine bar in Austin boasts an extensive wine list featuring bottles from California, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Austin itself, and many more. “Substiutions are politely declined” when it comes to Aviary Wine & Kitchen’s menu which includes a charcuterie plate, crawfish pasta, and Camembert served with charred apple butter.
🍷 2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
2. LoLo Natural Wine Bar
Lovers of natural wines will want to pay a visit to LoLo’s for a relaxed tipple. You can find this gem next to Hotel Vegas and Volstead Lounge on East 6th Street. As well as having a great wine list, LoLo Natural Wine Bar sets a relaxed tone thanks to the minimalist design, covered patio, and mid-century Parisian lamps. Enjoy a glass from one of the 1,200 bottles of wine on the wall and order some Spanish olive oil with a crusty baquette or piquillo peppers for a small bite.
🍷 1504 East 6th Street, Austin
3. June’s All Day
Although June’s All Day is on our list of some of the best breakfast places in Austin, it is also a popular wine bar. Grab a glass of wine (or a bottle…) with some friends and take in the elegant setting inspired by hipster NYC bars and French cafés. You can also head to June’s All Day every Wednesday for their Wine Blinds event which entails getting four pours for $10, and if you can guess the grape and region correctly, you get them for free!
Whether you feel like testing your knowledge of varietals and connoisseur vocabulary or simply unwinding in a laid-back space, look no further than June’s All Day.
🍷 1722 S Congress Ave, Austin
4. Rosie’s Wine Bar
Nestled behind Howard’s Bar & Club, Rosie’s is a cozy wine bar offering an impressive wine list and dedicated to selecting bottles produced through natural winemaking processes from small producers and special terroirs. Inspired by Spanish, Portuguese, and French cooking, Rosie’s menu is made up of small plates, including French cheese, fried calamari, and tortilla. Happy hour at this elegant wine bar in Austin runs between 3pm and 5pm with 50% off select bottles!
🍷 1130 W 6th St, Austin
5. Salt & Time Wine Shop
Not only is Salt & Time a wine shop, it also has a restaurant and highly praised butcher shop that was deemed “one of the crowning achievements of America’s recent charcuterie boom” by Bon Appetit Magazine. Salt & Time specializes in small producers practicing organic, biodynamic, and sustainable agriculture. Visit the wine shop two doors down from the Salt & Time restaurant and sip on a glass of wine while sitting out on the beautiful patio. You can also check out their Wine Wednesday’s for a mid-week pick-me-up.
🍷 1912 E 7th St #D, Austin
6. House Wine
With over 100 wines available by the glass and bottles from all around the world, House Wine is an oenophile’s paradise. You’ll feel at home in this contemporary wine bar set in a 20th century building also acting as a community space for wine education and local artists. If you’re fully immersed in the world of viticulture and viniculture, why not join the Wine Geeks Club at House Wine for monthly sessions led by guest winemakers and industry experts?
🍷 408 Josephine St, Austin
7. APT 115
Between the vintage sound of vinyl records playing, a 10-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, an a la carte menu, and over 400 labels of wine, APT 115 takes the wine tasting experience to another level. APT 115 is located in a converted apartment and offers small production and low intervention wine from all around the world. What’s more, every dish at APT 115 is made using produce from local farms and ranches, and the wine list is thoughtfully curated by the owner, Joe.
🍷 2025 E 7th St, Austin
8. Neighborhood Vintner
Neighborhood Vintner is dedicated to improving the wine lover’s shopping experience. Browse through the excellent selection of wines while having a team of professional Sommeliers on hand to assist you. Try one of Neighborhood Vintner’s wines while sitting up at the elegant marble counter and delve deeper into the full-bodied, fruity, earthy, or balanced flavors of a quality wine. You can also taste Neighborhood Vintner’s flagship wine, Resign Wine, by the glass.
🍷 3663 Bee Caves Rd #4D, Austin
9. Wanderlust Wine Co.
Wanderlust Wine Co. are offering something a little bit different—self-pour wine on tap. This award-winning winery in Austin uses sustainable and fun self-pour technology that allows visitors to choose between 1oz, 3oz, 5oz, and 8oz pours. From painting classes and wine tastings to drag brunch and live music, there’s always something happening at one of the most unique wine bars in Austin.
🍷 702 Shady Lane Austin 🍷 610 N Interstate 35, Austin