Best Wine Bars in NYC

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To really enjoy a fine glass of wine, it only takes an intimate setting that complements the drink itself. Whether in a dark and cozy booth or an open space for mingling, the women of Passerbuys have recommended some of their favorite spots in the city for picking the right glass of wine.

The city has got you covered when it comes to finding the perfect neighborhoods to relax and unwind, whether it be the neighborhood bar of Vin Sur Vingt uptown or The Ten Bells downtown. However, when it comes to choosing only the best glass of wine, it's best to leave that to the experts at the following wine bars. By specializing in wine, each of these bars can provide and recommend you to a long wine list filled with notes and flavors to complement the kind of evening you'd like to have. There's no need for feeling intimidated by the setting since even with a limited knowledge of wine, everyone knows how to enjoy it while it lasts.


Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels / Little Italy

Recommended by Donna Baxter & Angie Venezia

With an interior design by Dorothee Meilichzon, as featured in Meet the Makers, Compagnie Des Vins Surnaturels in Little Italy provides customers with a sleek and intimate setting fit for an evening with friends. Meilichzon told us that she designs a place with the customer and location's background and story in mind, which makes for a comfortable time for any New Yorker.

Visit La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels at 249 Centre St, New York, NY 10013


The Four Horsemen / Williamsburg

Recommended by Melissa Flashman, Anna Deutsch, Molly Surno, Cara Flaherty, fariha roisin

NYC passerby, Molly Surno, picked this spot as her designated restaurant to splurge exclusively on food and wine. Located in the heart of Williamsburg and founded by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, this wine bar is as close to the new generation of a modern New York as you can get.

Visit The Four Horsemen at 295 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211


Achilles Heel / Greenpoint

Recommended by Lexi Cunningham, Beverly Nguyen, Holly Stanton, Heba Kadry, Lisa Przystup, Marjon Carlos

Not just a place for fine wine but good music, Heba Kadry, a self-proclaimed "shameless shazam-er," knows Achilles Heel to be the spot where her favorite DJs spin in Brooklyn. Located in a quaint corner tavern, Beverly Nguyen chose this as her ideal spot for blind dates.

Visit Achilles Heel at 180 West St., Brooklyn, NY 11222


Lois / East Village

Recommended by Alyssa Coscarelli & Natalie Pace

Serving 16 wines on tap, chances are that you will find your favorite glass of wine at Lois. This wine bar prides itself in reducing waste and keeping prices low just by serving on tap by making sure every drop in your wine glass is fresh.

Visit Lois at 98 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009


June / Cobble Hill

Recommended by Erin Allweiss & Angie Venezia

Natural wine has been making its way through the wine world as the latest trend, and June is the place in Brooklyn to try it. Well, what is natural wine? NPR reported that while modern winemakers use additives, natural winemakers add nothing and let it develop flavors on its own, which may taste rough to the first-timer. June, however, has got you covered.

Visit June at 231 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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The Ten Bells / Lower East Side

Recommended by Angie Venezia & Cara flaherty

While the crowded bars of the Lower East Side may be off-putting to a sophisticated wine drinker, The Ten Bells allows for an escape within the neighborhood by offering a long list of organic wine and tapas. Despite being a large and open space, the dim lighting provides for an intimate setting to order a glass and then maybe another.

Visit The Ten Bells at 247 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

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Vin Sur Vingt / Upper West Side

Recommended by Sara Haile

With multiple locations in Manhattan, Vin Sur Vingt is the so-called "wine-lover's den" while focusing on simplicity and value. While it claims to be everyone's neighborhood wine bar, Vin Sur Vingt was created to imitate a French bar with a rotating menu of wine from different regions of France.

Visit Vin Sur Vingt at 66 West 84th Street, New York, NY 10024


Peasant / Nolita

Recommended by Beata Kanter & Caitlin McMullen

It may seem like a restaurant, but like all great secrets, the best part is downstairs in the Wine Room. Their "subterranean wine room" was made for customers who would like to be transported to an Italian wine cellar with its hardwood benches and communal laundry tables. As its manager, even NYC passerby, Beata, recommends this place for some "subterraneous drinks."

Visit The Wine Room at Peasant at 194 Elizabeth St., New York NY, 10012


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Words by Jessica Joyce Jacolbe