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14 Essential Wine Bars in D.C.

Where to find a glasses or bottles of natural wine, Old World labels, or Latin American grapes

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The bar at No Kisses emits a hot pink glow. 
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D.C.’s taste for fine food and drink — and the expense accounts that fund much of it — fuels a close relationship with wine. At several dedicated wine bars around town, oenophiles can browse lists featuring bottles from all sorts of categories. Some of these businesses, like No Kisses Bar, focus solely on natural wines. Logan Circle’s longstanding Cork Wine Bar & Market is the still the place to go for Old World grapes. Other standouts include Maxwell Park, with locations in Shaw and Navy Yard; Lulu’s Winegarden off U Street NW, for a mix of European and Latin American bottles, all priced at $49; and French-leaning Primrose in Brookland. Navy Yard go-to District Winery serves a rosé made on-site. For a map of restaurants with outstanding wine lists, go here. Want to buy a bottle of bubbly? Go here.

Whether the goal is exploring new tastes or simply scoring a reliable glass of pinot noir or chardonnay, D.C. has a wine bar to fit most occasions.

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1. St. Vincent Wine

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3212 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 413-9763
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Tucked away in Park View, St. Vincent’s sprawling 4,000-square-foot patio is an ideal spot to wind down with huge selection of wines, cocktails, and charcuterie. Modeled after popular New Orleans hangout Bacchanal, there’s also an online store loaded with options available for pickup.

Wine shelves at St. Vincent
At St. Vincent in Park View, customers can shop for bottles inside or order from the broad backyard.
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2. No Kisses Bar

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3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 601-7701
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For fans of natural wines — a category that points to little no additives and includes lots of fruity or funky flavors — should head over to No Kisses bar in Park View. Fluorescent, color-changing ceiling tiles and plush, forest green banquettes give off a groovy, moody vibe. The bar shares a backyard garden and an extensive online bottle shop with next-door sibling spot Sonny’s Pizza.

3. Primrose

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3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 248-4558
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This Brookland bistro features an off-beat wine list and a Eurocentric menu that frequently hosts pop-ups for other cuisines. Selections are primarily curated from France and also include a couple of pours from owner Sebastian Zutant’s proprietary Lightwell Survey label, based out of Waynesboro, Virginia.

Dining Review - Primrose The Washington Post via Getty Images

4. Slate Wine Bar

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2404 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-4304
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Slate Wine Bar is a Glover Park destination for wines by the glass and flights — categories include “sparkling” and “interesting” reds — with more than 200 bottles. Chef and sommelier Danny Lledo, who also owns Michelin-starred Xiquet upstairs, offers a bar menu with charcuterie, sizzling Spanish shrimp, and caviar, among other things.

Slate Wine Bar and Bistro after its recent renovation.
Slate Wine Bar and Bistro after its recent renovation.
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5. Lulu’s Wine Garden

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1940 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-9463
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After running Vinoteca off U Street NW for 12 years, Paul Carlson rebranded it to this laid-back spot with a Southwestern vibe and food menu from chef Cable Smith (Royal) that features queso and tostadas, a French onion dip toast, and roasted beet salad. A list of nearly 50 bottles, all priced at $49, pulls from vineyard across Europe, Virginia, California, Mexico, and Argentina. Lulu’s has one of the more impressive setups in town for streetside seating, too.

The renovation at Lulu’s winegarden included communal tables repurposed from the Vinoteca bar and breezeway blocks that line the walls.
Communal tables at Lulu’s Winegarden
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6. City Winery DC

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1350 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 250-2531
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More than 450 bottles make up the wine list at this sprawling Ivy City wine bar, restaurant, and concert hall. Both the garden and dining room offer wine on tap. Graze on a full food menu with picks like a shareable meze plate or wild mushroom flatbread.

City Winery’s newly opened wine garden.
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7. Cork Wine Bar & Market

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1805 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-2675
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Cork Wine Bar has consolidated its operations into two-story market space at 14th and S Streets NW, though its focus on promoting Old World wines from across Europe remains unchanged. There’s a wide choice of wines by the glass, starting at around $10. Dinner includes both hot and cold plates designed to pair with the wine list.

Cork Wine Bar & Market
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8. Barcelona Wine Bar (Multiple locations)

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1622 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-5500
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A robust selection of Spanish wine and tapas helped this chain cultivate a regular crowd on 14th Street NW. The full wine list, ranging from sparkling to sherry, port and dessert wines, is as extensive as its small plates. There’s another D.C. location in Cathedral Heights.

9. La Jambe (Multiple locations)

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1550 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 627-2988
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Parisian energy radiates throughout La Jambe, from its airy decor to its all-French wine menu. Prices for glasses and bottles range from affordable to indulgent and touch on known varietals like Burgundy Pinot Noirs to fun finds like fortified wines from the Jura region. A light menu of French meats, cheeses, and bar snacks is also available. La Jambe also has a stall in Union Market.

10. Maxwell Park (Multiple locations)

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1336 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 792-9522
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Sommelier Brent Kroll’s Shaw wine bar quickly become neighborhood go-to for its cheeky rotating menus filled with under-the-radar wines. Each month features a special theme menu in addition to some core picks. Past examples have included wines for the outdoors and woman-owned brands. Wines are individually temperature controlled. A second location opened next to Middle Eastern hot spot Albi in Navy Yard.

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11. The Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen

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1025 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 609-7420
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At this H Street NE fixture, which relocated in 2019, owners Shawn Ross and Adam Kelinsky feature wine flights ($19 to $21) and bottles from all over the world. A food menu boasting homemade pastas and panini.

The wine wall at Pursuit
The wine wall at Pursuit
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12. Flight Wine Bar

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777 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 864-6445
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Flight is a retreat away from the bustle of Chinatown. There are 28 available flights, naturally, all three pours each. In addition, there are more than 40 wines by the glass. The bar also hosts regular wine education and tasting classes. Dinner includes wine bar staples like olives and caprese salad along with a couple of heartier options.

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Flight Wine Bar
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13. The Eastern

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360 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 621-7950
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This well-appointed, midcentury modern bar from the owners of nearby Barrel does a lot in a tiny space. The wine list guides customers by familiar tastes, including recommendations from Austria, Argentina, or Greece, “If you like Chilled Reds.” Casual bar bites include pimento cheese dip, charcuterie like a “gin and juice lamb salami,” and tuna tartare in an orange ginger glaze.

The mid-century modern bar at the Eastern
The midcentury modern bar at the Eastern
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14. District Winery, Ana at District Winery

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385 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 484-9210
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This Navy Yard winery and restaurant includes both tours and tastings. Choose from a seasonal pick, a winemaker’s choice tasting, or a custom flight. Don’t miss out on the D.C.-made dry rosé, either. Grapes are sourced from New York, California, and Washington.

District Winery DC bottles
District Winery
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1. St. Vincent Wine

3212 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Wine shelves at St. Vincent
At St. Vincent in Park View, customers can shop for bottles inside or order from the broad backyard.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Tucked away in Park View, St. Vincent’s sprawling 4,000-square-foot patio is an ideal spot to wind down with huge selection of wines, cocktails, and charcuterie. Modeled after popular New Orleans hangout Bacchanal, there’s also an online store loaded with options available for pickup.

3212 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

2. No Kisses Bar

3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010

For fans of natural wines — a category that points to little no additives and includes lots of fruity or funky flavors — should head over to No Kisses bar in Park View. Fluorescent, color-changing ceiling tiles and plush, forest green banquettes give off a groovy, moody vibe. The bar shares a backyard garden and an extensive online bottle shop with next-door sibling spot Sonny’s Pizza.

3120 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20010

3. Primrose

3000 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017
Dining Review - Primrose The Washington Post via Getty Images

This Brookland bistro features an off-beat wine list and a Eurocentric menu that frequently hosts pop-ups for other cuisines. Selections are primarily curated from France and also include a couple of pours from owner Sebastian Zutant’s proprietary Lightwell Survey label, based out of Waynesboro, Virginia.

3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

4. Slate Wine Bar

2404 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
Slate Wine Bar and Bistro after its recent renovation.
Slate Wine Bar and Bistro after its recent renovation.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Slate Wine Bar is a Glover Park destination for wines by the glass and flights — categories include “sparkling” and “interesting” reds — with more than 200 bottles. Chef and sommelier Danny Lledo, who also owns Michelin-starred Xiquet upstairs, offers a bar menu with charcuterie, sizzling Spanish shrimp, and caviar, among other things.

2404 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Lulu’s Wine Garden

1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The renovation at Lulu’s winegarden included communal tables repurposed from the Vinoteca bar and breezeway blocks that line the walls.
Communal tables at Lulu’s Winegarden
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

After running Vinoteca off U Street NW for 12 years, Paul Carlson rebranded it to this laid-back spot with a Southwestern vibe and food menu from chef Cable Smith (Royal) that features queso and tostadas, a French onion dip toast, and roasted beet salad. A list of nearly 50 bottles, all priced at $49, pulls from vineyard across Europe, Virginia, California, Mexico, and Argentina. Lulu’s has one of the more impressive setups in town for streetside seating, too.

1940 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. City Winery DC

1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
City Winery’s newly opened wine garden.
City Winery/Facebook

More than 450 bottles make up the wine list at this sprawling Ivy City wine bar, restaurant, and concert hall. Both the garden and dining room offer wine on tap. Graze on a full food menu with picks like a shareable meze plate or wild mushroom flatbread.

1350 Okie St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Cork Wine Bar & Market

1805 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Cork Wine Bar & Market
Cork/Facebook

Cork Wine Bar has consolidated its operations into two-story market space at 14th and S Streets NW, though its focus on promoting Old World wines from across Europe remains unchanged. There’s a wide choice of wines by the glass, starting at around $10. Dinner includes both hot and cold plates designed to pair with the wine list.

1805 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Barcelona Wine Bar (Multiple locations)

1622 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

A robust selection of Spanish wine and tapas helped this chain cultivate a regular crowd on 14th Street NW. The full wine list, ranging from sparkling to sherry, port and dessert wines, is as extensive as its small plates. There’s another D.C. location in Cathedral Heights.

1622 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. La Jambe (Multiple locations)

1550 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Parisian energy radiates throughout La Jambe, from its airy decor to its all-French wine menu. Prices for glasses and bottles range from affordable to indulgent and touch on known varietals like Burgundy Pinot Noirs to fun finds like fortified wines from the Jura region. A light menu of French meats, cheeses, and bar snacks is also available. La Jambe also has a stall in Union Market.

1550 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

10. Maxwell Park (Multiple locations)

1336 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Maxwell Park
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Sommelier Brent Kroll’s Shaw wine bar quickly become neighborhood go-to for its cheeky rotating menus filled with under-the-radar wines. Each month features a special theme menu in addition to some core picks. Past examples have included wines for the outdoors and woman-owned brands. Wines are individually temperature controlled. A second location opened next to Middle Eastern hot spot Albi in Navy Yard.

1336 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

11. The Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen

1025 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The wine wall at Pursuit
The wine wall at Pursuit
Meaghan Webster Photography/Pursuit

At this H Street NE fixture, which relocated in 2019, owners Shawn Ross and Adam Kelinsky feature wine flights ($19 to $21) and bottles from all over the world. A food menu boasting homemade pastas and panini.

1025 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

12. Flight Wine Bar

777 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
flight
Flight Wine Bar
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Flight is a retreat away from the bustle of Chinatown. There are 28 available flights, naturally, all three pours each. In addition, there are more than 40 wines by the glass. The bar also hosts regular wine education and tasting classes. Dinner includes wine bar staples like olives and caprese salad along with a couple of heartier options.

777 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. The Eastern

360 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
The mid-century modern bar at the Eastern
The midcentury modern bar at the Eastern
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This well-appointed, midcentury modern bar from the owners of nearby Barrel does a lot in a tiny space. The wine list guides customers by familiar tastes, including recommendations from Austria, Argentina, or Greece, “If you like Chilled Reds.” Casual bar bites include pimento cheese dip, charcuterie like a “gin and juice lamb salami,” and tuna tartare in an orange ginger glaze.

360 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. District Winery, Ana at District Winery

385 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003
District Winery DC bottles
District Winery
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

This Navy Yard winery and restaurant includes both tours and tastings. Choose from a seasonal pick, a winemaker’s choice tasting, or a custom flight. Don’t miss out on the D.C.-made dry rosé, either. Grapes are sourced from New York, California, and Washington.

385 Water St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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