The Best Wine Bars In Washington, D.C.

Photo of Robert Wilder
9 February 2017

The metropolitan area of Washington D.C. is rich in diversity, with many restaurants and museums for all to enjoy. Emerging out of the rich culture are various wine bars that continually change the landscape of dining in Washington D.C. Read further to see our picks for the best wine bars in Washington, D.C.

Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

Bar, Restaurant, French, $$$
Tokyo Times
Tokyo Times
This two story wine bar consists of a downstairs that serves authentic French fare and an elegant wine bar upstairs. Patrons can find live jazz on Monday and Wednesday nights with a rotating group of artists. Bistrot Lepic’s atmosphere is cozy and inviting with a good mix of locals and tourists and a neighborhood feel. The wine list features over 20 wines, and was rated among the top 40 best restaurants in D.C.

Cork Wine Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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jennifer yin
Cork offers over 50 wines by the glass and 160 bottles from small producers around the world. Cork offers bi-monthly wine tastings and classes that explore different textures and brands of wine. The atmosphere of Cork is comfortable and cozy, and in addition to wine, they also serve rum, cognac, and whisky as well as small plates that go perfectly with the wine.

Room 11

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
Room 11, Washington, DC
Room 11, Washington, DC | Courtesy of Kangaroo Boxing Club
The beverage list at Room 11 is spectacular, to say the least. Room 11 can satisfy all palates with a wide selection of both red and white wines as well as cocktails and beer. In addition to alcohol, Room 11 also serves tasty food that is best shared with another. The atmosphere at Room 11 is intimate and cozy, with a zinc bar and a patio for seating during the warmer months.

Dickson Wine Bar

Wine Bar, Wine, $$$
This unique space utilizes a tri-level layout outfitted in a sleek décor. In addition to three indoor levels, Dickson Wine Bar boasts outdoor patio seating that is available in the summer. The atmosphere is romantic, and each floor is illuminated with candles, which makes for a special intimate night. Happy hour is offered every day from 5PM-7PM, with the house wine as the most affordable and popular choice. Be sure to try the small plates that pair perfectly with the wine.

Slate Wine Bar + Bistro

Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, $$$
The atmosphere at Slate Wine Bar is casual, with modern decor that includes exposed brick and wood accents. The wine program at Slate is world class, with elegant wine flights that come in groups of three or four featuring everything from seasonal wines to sparkling. In addition to wine flights, over 20 wines are offered by the glass and bottle. Slate Wine Bar also serves handcrafted cocktails.

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