The Best Wine Bars in Europe

To many, their notion of a wine bar is a dimly-lit area where they can hang out with several friends late at night and sip good wine. Across Europe, more and more wine bars are coming out-but with a different, improved concept and design. Accentuating the place with whimsical art, classical design, and complementing the wine with fine cuisine, these different wine bars are setting a new trend.

All the way back in ancient Rome, wine bars from back then are depicted today by the mosaics that remain standing in Pompeii. And it is no wonder why wine bars have changed across time; experimentations in design and style have made wine bars last through time. In fact, according to Jennifer Simonetti Bryan, holding a Master of Wine, what wine bars have in common is “variety.” Having a good variety of wines in the menu is essential, as well as the ambience. To many, having food on the side is also a must.

Today, wine bars are once again changing; the latest trend is vending machines where you can get any wine you like. These wine bars have spread across and beyond Europe, as they have also become famous in the United States. But should you decide to visit Europe and sample their wine, here are some of the best wine bars they have:

Garrafeira in Lisbon

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

In Lisbon, there is a quaint wine bar situated in Bairro Alto, a historical neighborhood. With its warm and cozy interiors, its a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Settle into one of the eighteen wooden stools and sip the wine of the region (Chardonnay). Its name, “Garrafeira,” refers to a Portuguese term of quality, and it doesnt fail to live up to it. With a variety of wines, plus the constantly changing menu, its patrons always expect something different. With its superb meals, $47 for two doesnt seem too steep a price.

Los Asturianos in Madrid

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

A popular place where artists and foodies gather, Los Asturianos is a small, family-run place that specializes in sherry. Their food is also delicious; from tapas to chorizos, these are cooked by the owners mother herself. For $90, you can enjoy a dinner for two.

Le Bar a Vin du CIVB in Bordeaux

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

Many people think that wines are expensive, especially in France. But for only $3, you can get a glass of wine in a gorgeous wine bar thats right in the center of wine production in France: Bordeaux. Created by Francoise Bousquet to have neo-classical stained-glass windows matched by funky chairs that look like pebbles, Le Bar a Vin du CIVB is a place to be seen. Artworks also help give the place an intimate feel.

Racines in Paris

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

If you are a fan of organic wines and foos, Paris should be on top of your list. Chic boutiques and trendy stores arent all that Paris offers. In Racines, all you get are all-natural wines. Said to be the hottest wine bar in Paris, their wines pays homage to Pierre Overnoy, an anti-sulfur crusader, and Philippe Jambon, a Beaujolais renegade. Since wines are natural, so is the food they serve there. From extraordinary roasted chicken to exquisite salads, this place serves them using all-natural ingredients. A good dinner for two would cost around $110.

Terroirs in London

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

Right at the heart of London, Terroirs is reminiscent of the old Parisian bistros. Promoting natural wines, they rely on handpicked grapes which have no added sugars or preservatives. Their ever-expanding wine list-25 pages before, now over 40-will surely appeal to all kinds of wine lovers. If the list already makes you dizzy with choices and pleasure, their food will make you spin with delight; complementing their wine are chorizos, cheeses, steak tartare, crepes, salads and soups. Dinner for two costs around $95.

Tre Galli in Turin

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

Locals regard Tre Galli as one of the most popular restaurants in the area, hence the huge crowds that will meet you when you go for a visit. But who can blame the patrons, when it is a place where you can choose from over two thousand labels of wine? Whichever type of wine you prefer, you will surely find it here in Tre Galli. If you want to avail of the complimentary antipasti, it is best to visit at six in the evening. For a hundred dollars, you can have a pleasurable dinner for two.

Le Volpi e LUva in France

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

When owners of the wine bar go across Italy, searching for new producers of wine, you know that you are in good hands. Not just for the wine enthusiast, this place is also a popular site for the top sommeliers who wish to learn about the latest trend. A small, cozy place with a traditional chalkboard listing around forty different wines that changes every week, Le Volpi e LUva, translated as the fox and the grapes, is a highly-recommended place to sip wine and enjoy the food. For an affordable $33, you can enjoy a dinner for two.

Weinbar Rutz in Berlin

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

A Micehlin-starred restaurant, the Rutz is also a wine store. Dinner at the terrace is a must; being served their creative cuisine while sipping wine will make your stay a memorable one. With a list of nine hundred bottles of wine, more decisions will have to be made when faced with their exquisite food: Saumagen burger with foie gras paired with Saumagen Riesling is one good sample. Dinner for two starts at $98.

Vinoteka Movia in Ljubljana

The Best Wine Bars in Europe

Excited over white wines, specifically Slovenias minerally ones, wine lovers go to Movia; Ales Kristancics winery in the Italian border. For many though, Vinoteka Movia in Ljubljana is more accessible. It is a quaint, wood-paneled wine bar which will make you feel as if you are the only customer inside. The famous Lunar is a must-try; amber-colored and made from unpressed Ribolla Gialla grape. Also highly recommended is the prsut, to match your wine. At $25 you can have snacks for yourself and a friend.

By Journey ETC

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