Five of the Best Wine Bars in New York City

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January 2013

New York City has one of the heaviest concentration of bars, clubs, and restaurants in the world so when it’s comes to fantastic wine bars you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you’re into wine, whether it’s white, red or rosé, here are five of the best New York City wine bars that will have something for everyone:


A more relaxed and low key wine bar which isn’t nearly as itimidating as some of other bars in NYC. It’s said to have a charming mix of excellent wine knowledge, coupled with a tongue-in-cheek humour. Inside, the interior is small and intimate with a cosy twenty-four-seat wine bar and an artsy yet unpretentious decor. They actually also have a few outlets with one being in trendy East Village, one in Murray Hill and another in Tribeca. Attracts a hip but down-to-earth crowd. 413 East 12th Street, Tel. (646) 602-1300

The Bourgeois Pig

The huge wine selection, amazing sweet and savory fondue, and the funky shabby-chic decor make this East Village spot a must visit in our opinion. Expect an excellent roster of vinos and very atmospheric surroundings including velvety red walls, cuddle couches and dimly lit chandeliers. Enjoy half-price bottles of wine Monday – Wednesday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 111 E 7th Street, Tel. 212-475-2246

City Winery

The food on the menu at this massive, 21,000 square foot SoHo establishment is created to complement the wine, not the other way around. Wine stewards, not waiters, take your wine order first and then suggest food pairings to go with your vino. There are also daily performances, from bands to stand-up comics. City Winery sells their own wines so you can take a bottle or two home, or better still –learn to make your own in one of their wine-making classes. 115 Varick Street, tel. 212-608-0555

Lelabar Wine Bar

This small and inviting wine bar in the heart of the West Village appeals to both the wine enthusiast and novice. There are more than 150 wines on the wine list — each available by the glass, if you’re having a hard time choosing (minimum purchase of two glasses and per glass price is roughly 1/4 of bottle price). Daily wine specials, $1 oysters on Wednesdays and live jazz on Sundays add to Lelabar’s appeal. They also offer guided wine tastings twice per month. 422 Hudson at Leroy Street. tel. 212-206-0594

Winebar NYC

The narrow space and shared tables make it easy to meet new people at this romantic East Village space dedicated to all things wine. From the seemingly endless number of bottles lining the wall, to the numerous and sometimes rare offerings on the wine list, if you’re into wine this is the place for you. A heavy focus is on the Mediterranean region (40 wines by the glass). Outdoor seating is very popular during the summer months. 65 2nd Ave (between 3rd & 4th Street), tel. 212-777-1608

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