Special Report

The Best Wine Bars in America

Source: Courtesy of 13 Celsius via Facebook

13 Celsius
> Location: Houston

A laid-back lounge that serves unique wines accompanied by savory snacks, charcuterie, and espresso, 13 Celsius offers a featured selection of wines by women winemakers as well as a curated array of wines by the bottle, glass, half glass, or even just a taste. The tabletop s’mores for dessert are a must.

Source: Courtesy of a.bar via Facebook

> Location: Philadelphia

This Rittenhouse Square bar is a companion to a.kitchen, an adjacent new American restaurant. Less formal than the restaurant, a.bar offers craft cocktails, organic and natural wines, and shareable small plates like oysters, pork rillettes, and ricotta tartine as well as substantial entrées.

Source: Courtesy of Aldo Sohm Wine Bar via Facebook

Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
> Location: New York City

From the master sommelier behind Midtown’s three-star French restaurant Le Bernardin, this chic lounge, across the courtyard from the restaurant, showcases world-class wines and French cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. The knowledgeable servers take great care in helping customers select wines they’ll love from over 40 by-the-glass and 200 by-the-bottle options.

Source: Courtesy of Amelie via Yelp

> Location: San Francisco

From French restaurateurs Germain Michel and Samie Didda comes an award-winning wine bar on San Francisco’s lively Polk Street. Amelie (with two siblings in New York City and a café in Marin County), serves over 100 wines along with French cheese and charcuterie, enticing small plates, and full entrees in a classy environment with occasional live music.

Source: Courtesy of Bar Covell via Facebook

Bar Covell
> Location: Los Angeles

Beneath the boutique Hotel Covell, this renowned bar is known for its warm ambiance, friendly service, and stellar beer and wine selection. Rather than selecting from their list of over 150 rare wines, tell the server what you’re in the mood for and they’ll pick for you (and ace it). Perfect for a date night or small gathering, Covell serves savory snacks and a mean bread pudding.

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