Beyond the Baja region, Mexico isn’t typically thought of for its wines. Tequilas and all other agave-derived drinks? Sure! Grape-based products? Not so much. However, there are still plenty of wine bars dotted around the country that are getting in on the action, serving up a mixture of ‘natural’ wines, Mexican varietals and imported blends in sleek surroundings. Here are eight of the best.
When looking for cool new(ish) concepts in a country, there’s no better place to begin than with the capital. Mexico is no different. Roma’s Loup Bar only opened recently, yet already offers a range of natural wines (including some which are imported from France), paired with a laidback ambience that many other wine-serving spots in Mexico City lacked. And it’s already thriving, in no small part thanks to the top-notch dining options it also offers and a prime location beneath a popular CDMX cocktail bar.
Our second entry also comes courtesy of the capital, with minimalist yet casual Romelia. More bar than restaurant, at Romelia you can indulge in wine and tapas (including good cheese, another thing it can be tricky to get your hands on in Mexico!) while gentle music plays in the background. As far as the wines themselves go, they serve up plenty of Latin American options from both Mexico and Chile, as well as a few European bottles too.
We move west with Romea to Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara. Opened in 2013, Romea finds itself just a few blocks from the heart of Guadalajara’s favoured nightlife destination, Avenida Chapultepec. Here you’ll find a French-Spanish menu (a.k.a. more quality meats and cheeses), a chilled-out vibe, and a wine list that might leave you somewhat spoiled for choice. They also serve artisanal beers and breakfasts.
One more from Guadalajara comes courtesy of Endemico Wine Bar. This spot also endorses a tapas style menu and offers up plenty of meats and cheese with which to accompany your glass of red (or white!). As well as their food and drinks, Endemico is also highly rated for a charming ambiance and beautiful décor, too.
Taninos Para Todos, in Mérida, is both a bar and store, so if you like what you try, you can even pick up a bottle to take home! Reputed for having the most extensive wine list in the city, as well as a casual atmosphere and some outdoor seating which allows you to take advantage of those balmy Mérida evenings, Taninos Para Todos is unmissable for those on the Yucatán peninsula.
It wouldn’t be possible to talk about wine bars in Mexico without at least one entry from the Baja region and Cava Ocho in Ensenada is surely one of the best. As well as being a wine bar ideal for visitors who just want to try a glass or two of locally-produced Mexican wine, Cava Ocho is also a boutique vineyard, meaning tours and tastings are also on the table.
Described as a ‘curated tasting room’ El Wine Bar y Café in San José del Cabo is home to more than 300 distinct wines, of which you can try 100 by the glass. Accompany your drink with a meal from the attached kitchen and enjoy your time at one of the coolest places to try wine in Baja California Sur.
Finally, we round out our guide to wine bars in Mexico with Tastavins. Located in perhaps the last place you’d expect to find a Mexican wine bar – Oaxaca City – Tastavins is actually also a Mediterranean restaurant. Therefore, we recommend heading here if you’re both looking for a filling meal you can wash down with one of their excellent wines.