Thirsty for wine? Here’s a quick guide to the six coolest wine bars in Charlotte.
The list of wine bars below are in no particular order (this isn’t a ranking).
Honorable mentions: Petit Phillipe, an upscale wine shop in Myers Park; Vin Master, a super chill wine bar with awesome weekly specials in South End; Bond Street Wines, an old-school wine shop with friendly staff near Manor Theater in Myers Park; and Wooden Vine, a wine and tapas spot with a killer $10 wine flight in the heart of Uptown.
Upscale yet unpretentious wine bar with tasty small plates in Dilworth
Must-order dish: The signature Foxcroft Wine Co. burger – ground hanger steak, grilled onion, pea shoots, tomato, truffle aioli, and your choice of cheddar or blue cheese.
Patio: Yes. It faces East Boulevard and has lights strung overhead.
Selection: 5,000 bottles to choose from in their collection
Fun fact: Owner Conrad Hunter was a professional musician in the 1980s and 90s before starting the concept. He was a wine wholesaler before opening the first Foxcroft Wine Co. in the Foxcroft neighborhood (thus the name) and most recently opened one in Greenville, SC. He’s also an owner of Dot Dot Dot.
Corkage fee: Foxcroft does have a $10 corkage fee for all wines below $30 that get consumed in the wine bar (reason: they have low retail prices).
Background: It’s the OG of these top wine bars. Conrad started the first store in 2004, and it’s always been locally owned and operated.
Intimate coffee bar, wine bar and bottle shop with a gorgeous patio perfect for cool summer nights.
Selection: 400 bottles
Patio: Yes. It’s one of the coolest spots in Charlotte. Tables and a bar surround a koi pond. It’s got a super European feel.
Best weekly specials: Half off select rosé on Thursday nights and free cheese and charcuterie plate with the purchase of a wine flight on Tuesdays.
Walkability: DTR’s location is terrific, and it’s an easy walk to 300 East, Bonterra, Superica, Hawkers, O-Ku, Barcelona Wine Bar, and Sullivan’s.
Wine flights: $20 for any three white wines and $25 for any three reds (3-ounce pours).
(3) Corkbuzz (permanently closed)
This New York City-based wine bar from Master Sommelier Laura Fiorvanti offers an extensive and educational experience in SouthPark, but maintains an approachable feel
Selection: More than 450 bottles
Best weekly specials: On Mondays, enjoy a bottle at the store and take a second one home for free. On Saturdays and Sundays all champagne is half price.
Wine flights: Yes. Corkbuzz offers eight different wine flights (three, 3-ounce pours) ranging from $15-$24.
(4) The Bohemian
New laid back wine bar spot in Plaza Midwood near Soul Gastrolounge
Layout: The space is broken up into two rooms, a patio featuring a roll up garage door and a main room inside with tables, leather sofa and bar that seats about 10. It’s around 1,500 square feet with seats for 60.
Wine: The Bohemian features a custom-built 12-tap Cruvinet wine dispensing system. The fancy setup has three temperature zones which keep wines fresh for three to four weeks and allows them to serve a wide variety of wines by the glass ($6 to $15). Additionally, the Bohemian will have about 120 different wine bottles for sale and no corkage fee if you’d like to enjoy it on site. On the food side, go with one of their cheese and charcuterie boards, of course.
Popular Spanish tapas and wine bar with a chic European vibe in South End
Must-order dish: The “Albondigas” meatballs includes five small balls made of spiced pork, beef and veal for a juicy, rich bite ($8.50). The sauce is made of a thick tomato base blended with boquerones (anchovies) and garlic, which adds a nice salty zesty kick without tasting fishy.
Patio: Yes. It’s in the courtyard that Barcelona shares with Superica. It’s intimate and cool.
Selection: More than 400 bottles of wine to choose from. The price points range from a very high-end $700-$800 tier to more accessible bottles in $20-30 range. Currently, Barcelona has about 50 wine options by the glass and you can also choose to do a three-taste “wine flight” that’ll run you about $15.
Cheese setup: Mix and match to make your perfect cheese and meat board with Barcelona’s selection of meats and cheeses sourced from Spain, Italy and other nearby European countries. It’ll run you $6.50 for one and $17.50 for three. Barcelona offers about 15 choices for your mixing and matching pleasure.
(6) Reid’s SouthPark
Upscale urban market born in Charlotte with a huge patio and U-shaped bar in SouthPark
Must-order dish: An 8-ounce filet, cut and trimmed from our butcher shop and served with a wild mushroom demi glace, tobacco onions and fried parmesan red potatoes ($30).
Selection: 18 options by the glass and 700 bottles (must be over $25 to open in the restaurant).
Best weekly specials: Half off wines by the glass on Wednesdays. And half off bottles of wine on Saturday night.
Cheese setup: Select four cheese and charcuterie options for $19 or six for $22. Boards are served with pickled vegetables, mustard, nuts, dried fruits, honey, crostini, and crackers.