If you are looking to find your inner sommelier, shockingly Beantown might be the place to start. Little did you know that Boston has one of the best wine bar selections in North America. Here’s our guide to help you figure out where to sip on your next trip as we give you our list of the Top 5 wine bars in Boston.
The Butcher Shop
55 2 Tremont St., Boston MA
Barbara Lynch’s wine bar was primarily inspired by her excursions through Italy and France. The Butcher Shop is a recommended location for special locations. If you find yourself in need of a snack to complement your tasting, be forewarned that the menu options primarily only offers meat options including prosciutto, sausages and beef. The location’s wine director, Cat Silirie, was named by The New York Times as “Boston’s preeminent sommelier” and primarily picks choices from Europe.
Spoke Wine Bar
89 Holland St., Somerville MA
Davis Square’s Spoke Wine Bar opened in the Spring and is described as a nouveau speakeasy. Under the leadership of owner Felisha Foster, the wine list changes seasonally and specifically features small producers with special wines being unveiled every Monday. Snacks are also available and choices include whipped goat milk ricotta and charred eggplant.
129 South St., Boston MA
“Classy” is the best way to describe Les Zygomates, a mainstay in Boston’s leather district. There is a by-the-glass wine list that features over 50 international varieties. Les Zygomates concentrates on wines from the French region, including Burgundy and Bordeaux. Glasses are available in three, five and six ounce sizes. Les Zygomates is also known for its famous frites which are a must-try if you find yourself there.
Belly Wine Bar
1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge MA
A sister venue to The Blue Room and Central Bottle Shop, the Belly Wine Bar emphasizes guests to try as many of their wines as possible. To encourage this, Belly offers both half and full sizes starting at $8 per glass. If frathouses were to ever open a wine bars, Belly Wine might be the result. The interesting menu offered includes a salumi chef’s platter and a duck breast prosciutto.
Tastings Wine Bar And Bistro
201 Patriot Place, Foxborough MA
Tastings Wine Bar and Bistro in Foxborough features a list of whites and reds, but also divides its drinks into light-bodied, medium-bodied, and full-bodied sections. There are over 70 by-the-glass options and they vary from $9 – $20 each. The reason it is our top choice is not only because of its selection but also because of its accompanying menu. Adults can enjoy seasonal menus that are comprised of locally-grown ingredients. These include herb-marinated olives and a tomato-poached egg in a jar.