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The Best Wine Bars in Atlanta

Published On 02/19/2016 Published On 02/19/2016

From awesome cocktails to local breweries, Atlanta has great booze on lock. It turns out we also have some pretty swanky wine bars, too. So if you’re looking for a little vino to go with your vittles, here’s where to get it.

Murphy’s Wine Shop

Virginia Highlands

Nestled inside Murphy’s Restaurant and Bakery is Murphy’s Wine Shop, which boasts not only over 350 different wines in stock -- including all the wines on Murphy's By-The-Glass wine list -- but two friendly and passionate Wine Consultants who love helping people select wine as much as you love drinking it. And every Tuesday, they have $20 tastings focused on a specific region or theme. For a truly great evening, dine at the restaurant while you’re tasting and then take a bottle (or three) home with you.

 

Pour

Pour Bistro

Brookhaven

Good wine is known to cost a pretty penny, and though you might expect to pay a lot when stepping inside this intimate space -- whose reclaimed walls are studded with bottles of the good stuff -- the drinks here are both fancy and attainable, due to specials like half-price bottles of wine on Thursdays. And don’t forget about their legit food menu: Mondays you get a free flatbread with the purchase of a bottle (pro tip: go for the prosciutto and fig).

Terra Terroir

Terra Terroir

Brookhaven

From the outside, you’d never know this hidden gem in an unassuming strip mall is the winner of six consecutive Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, making it the go-to stop for Atlantans in search of fine food and high-end wine. For optimum enjoyment, imbibe on their outdoor terrace, whose twinkling lights and soft trickling water create unbeatable ambience.

Vine & Tap

Buckhead

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the impressive selection of wines at this Buckhead vino-ry, so let us set you straight: try one of their rotating wine flights, which are half off on Wednesdays! It’s hard to go wrong with any one of its carefully curated picks from small vineyards in places like France, Italy, Spain, and Argentina, particularly if you plan on pairing it with their charcuterie plate.

d'Vine Wine Bar

d’Vine Wine Bar & Shop

Dunwoody

d’Vine Wine Bar is where you go if you’re hopelessly indecisive, in the mood for something new, and/or desperately ignorant about wine. The staff take obvious pleasure in helping average joes find vino they love, and wine pros will surely be impressed by the whopping 400+ bottles that decorate their sophisticated, yet low-key, space. As far as food is concerned, go with your gut, but pay special attention to the lamb lollipops, because they are out-of-this-world good.

Vino Venue

Vino Venue

Dunwoody

If accolades caused inebriation, the staff at Vino Venue would be intoxicated all the time. Named one of the top ten wine bars in the country -- and winner of multiple awards from Wine Spectator and more -- Vino Venue knows so much about wine, they are also the home of the Atlanta Wine School. Luckily, they offer Saturday wine tastings from 3pm-5pm, plus retail-priced bottles (up to 35% off daily) for those looking to take the tipsy home.

The Sound Table

Old Fourth Ward

As the name suggests, the music selection is always on point -- as is the menu, cocktail, and wine list. With a great atmosphere and seasonal, rotating food options, The Sound Table is a as close to a guaranteed good time as you can get from a restaurant. Don’t miss the shrimp and grits and the BBQ Sliders.

Barcelona Inman Park

Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant

Inman Park

Already appreciated for serving some of the city’s most creative and delicious tapas and small plates, Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant is also a haven for wine lovers. Its warm ambience isn’t limited to its cozy tapas lounge: it also extends outward onto their spacious wrap-around patio, making it a great spot to meet with friends for a quick glass after work or even unwind and dine solo.

Stem Wine Bar

Stem Wine Bar

Marietta

From the team that brought you Seed Kitchen & Bar comes this relatively recent addition to Marietta. It's a small yet comfortable spot next door to Seed to explore your palate and leisurely sip with a friend. Unless you know what you're doing, stick with one of the six wine flights on the smaller menu. Dim, dark, and fancy without being pretentious, Stem offers a solid menu and servers that delight in taking the guesswork out of pairing food and wine.

The Cask Room

Decatur

Like the grown-up equivalent of a Slurpee machine, the Cask Room uses sleek automatic wine dispensers to give customers the unique experience of creating their own blends. The welcoming atmosphere is a drinker’s paradise, made even better when you enjoy small plates of charcuteries, cheeses, and more. Bonus: check out Tasting Tuesdays, where you can enjoy 4 tastings and a savory or sweet crepe for $10!

Krog Bar

Krog Bar

Inman Park

The handiwork of beloved local chef Kevin Rathbun, Krog Bar is the perfect place to pop into if you’re just looking for a quick fermented grape fix or a delicious bite to eat. The atmosphere is laid back, the food packs a punch, and the bar’s location simply can’t be beat. It’s not only across from bustling Krog Street Market, it’s also a quick and easy jaunt from the Beltline.

CRU Wine Bar

CRU Food & Wine Bar

Alpharetta

Nestled inside the Avalon in Alpharetta, CRU Food & Wine Dive is a small, sexy venue. Dark and romantic, CRU's an ideal spot to enjoy a glass from its well-curated wine list whilst doing some people watching. A couple of small plates from their robust menu (we recommend the cheese plate and the lamb lollipops) and a few glasses are all you need for a great evening.

Vin 25

Vin25

Roswell

Located in beautiful historic downtown Roswell, Vin25’s quiet, quaint location makes it feel like you are having dinner and drinks at a good friend’s place, especially if you sit on their breathtaking patio. The wines are carefully curated, with a focus on small, boutique wineries. And with 350 bottles on the menu -- and 25 hand picked wines offered by the glass from the owner -- this is the spot when you want to some sophistications (sans pretense) with your sipping.

Ziba’s Bistro

Grant Park

Folks from all over the A hit up Ziba’s Bistro when they want some delicious, expertly paired wines and small plates at a great value. Awesome prices and flavors aside, their cozy, eclectically artful ambience makes for a can't-miss date night or a place to casually increase your knowledge and appreciation for all things wine-related.

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Brook Bolen is an Atlanta-based writer who enjoys wine and journalistic integrity. Follow her @redvelvetfemme for a fair amount of booze-inspired pics.

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1. Murphy's 997 Virginia Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (Virginia Highland)

This Virginia Highlands staple boasts a bakery and wine shop in addition to its popular restaurant.

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2. Pour Bistro 1418 Dresden Dr, Atlanta, GA 30319 (Brookhaven)

Good wine is known to cost a pretty penny -- and though you might expect to pay a lot when stepping inside this intimate space whose reclaimed walls are studded with bottles of the good stuff -- the drinks here are both fancy and attainable. This is due to specials like half-price bottles of wine on Thursdays. And don’t forget about their legit food menu: Mondays you get a free flatbread with the purchase of a bottle (pro tip: go for the prosciutto and fig).

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3. Terra Terroir Brookhaven Plaza, 3974 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319 (Brookhaven)

From the outside, you’d never know this hidden gem in an unassuming strip mall is the winner of six consecutive Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, making it the go-to stop for Atliens in search of fine food and high-end wine. For optimum enjoyment, imbibe on their outdoor terrace, whose twinkling lights and soft trickling water create unbeatable ambience.

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4. Vine and Tap 2770 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 (Buckhead)

Buckhead has earned awesomely weird wine science points in the form of this swanked-out vino bar: Owner Ian Mendelsohn is one of the few using the “Coravin," which scientifically extracts wine from the bottle without uncorking it, thus keeping its fresh winely goodness intact as it heads to your mouth. Vine & Tap's menu features small plates like delectable bruschetta, panini, rabbit terrine, and more.

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5. d'Vine Wine Bar 5486 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd c15, Atlanta, GA 30338 (Dunwoody)

d’Vine Wine Bar is where you go if you’re hopelessly indecisive, in the mood for something new, and/or desperately ignorant about wine. The staff take obvious pleasure in helping average joes find vino they love, and wine pros will surely be impressed by the whopping 400+ bottles that decorate their sophisticated, yet low-key, space. As far as food is concerned, go with your gut, but pay special attention to the lamb lollipops, because they are out of this world good.

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6. Vino Venue 4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338 (Dunwoody)

Vino Venue's a wine emporium plus resto and wine bar that regularly hosts events.

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7. The Sound Table 483 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (Downtown)

The Sound Table in the Old Fourth Ward offers the three D’s to success: dinner, drinks, and dancing. Sharing plates offer international flavors in shrimp-chorizo tacos, tuna tataki, and Belgian-style frites, and they’ll put just enough swing in your step to jam to the live DJs on the daily lineup. Add a couple of drinks, like the classic ST Boulevard Zombie, with Wray & Nephew rum, Goslings rum, lime, grenadine, and orange curacao, or a Penultimate, with Cimarron Blanco tequila, lime, St. Germain, and maraschino liqueur, and get on your feet.

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8. Barcelona Wine Bar 240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Inman Park)

An Inman Park wine bar complete with unvarnished paneling, a brick fireplace, and a shaded wraparound patio, Barcelona delivers Spanish flair to Atlanta with more than 200 wines straight from Spain and, of course, tapas. In small portions, cozy couples at lantern-lit tables and big groups in polished booths split small plates of spicy roasted vegetables, rice, and meats like chorizo and thick cuts of grilled lamb.

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9. Stem Wine Bar 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068 (Marietta)

Chef Doug Turbish from Seed Kitchen & Bar fame is bringing the "wine bar experience" to East Cobb with over 40 boutique wines and small plate options.

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10. The Cask Room 900 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 (Decatur)

Like the grown-up equivalent of a Slurpee machine, the Cask Room uses sleek automatic wine dispensers to give customers the unique experience of creating their own blends. The welcoming atmosphere is a drinker’s paradise, made even better when you enjoy small plates of charcuteries, cheeses, and more. Bonus: check out Tasting Tuesdays, where you can enjoy 4 tastings and a savory or sweet crepe for $10!

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11. Krog Bar 112 Krog St, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Atlanta)

An intimately styled wine bar, Krog Bar is the perfect place to impress your date with all those Rosetta Stone hours you put into studying the 'romantic languages.' If all else fails, you can set things back on track by ordering some of their outstanding list of Spanish cheese and wine.

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12. Cru Wine Bar Alpharetta 300 Boulevard, Alpharetta, GA 30009 (Alpharetta)

Need a new place to go with your crew? Check out this buzzy Alpharetta wine bar named after the French word for vineyard. This warm, bright spot offers a wide variety of vino by the bottle, most of which can be ordered by the glass as part of a wine flight. Cru's shareable plates and cheese and characuterie can't be beat.

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13. Vin 25 25 Plum Tree St, Roswell, GA 30075 (Roswell)

An intimate New American bistro and wine bar in Roswell, Vin 25 is a warm, classy spots for drinks and a quick bite. Situated inside of a cozy, cabin-like setting, Vin 25 offers a wide variety of American made wine by the glass/bottle, plus a curated selection of small plates and savory entrees (pasta of the day, chef's fish special, short rib osscobucco, to name a few).

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14. Ziba's Bistro 560 Boulevard SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (East Atlanta)

Set in the former Solstice Cafe, Ziba's is a rustic bistro of Mediterranean meals, vinos, and hookahs, with casual hallway seating enclosed by brick and red stucco walls, plus a main dining area with a dark wood communal table.

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