Food & Drink

The Best Wine Bars in Phoenix

Published On 02/24/2016 Published On 02/24/2016

Phoenix wine bar owners really do go the extra mile for their customers. We’ve literally got a place that takes out most of the added chemicals in its selection just so you can get yourself a glass of “nude” and “honest” wine. There’s also the place that tests each employee before they’re allowed to serve you a glass -- just in case you ask a question (which you will). So what we’re saying is: in a town filled with kick-ass tasting options, cheap happy hours, and even wine classes from an actual winery, there’s really no going wrong at Phoenix's best wine bars.

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar

Downtown Tempe

If you’re willing to brave the chaos of downtown Tempe for a classy wine (and pizza) session, this is a fantastic spot. Inside you’ll find a dimly lit, classically decorated cozy restaurant with a full wine bar offering daily specials on vino. The happy hours, which are from 3-6:30pm every day, offer $5 off all wine glasses $10 and below. Limited time weekday bottle specials begin at $19, and on Sundays, diners can really test out the selection: purchase one item and get the other free when you order a bottle after 6:30pm. For a more entertaining visit, we suggest taking advantage of the patio and watching the spectacle that is Mill Ave.

Arcadia Farms

Old Town Scottsdale

You know Arcadia Farms for the homemade granola parfait that often saves your Sunday mornings, but the Scottsdale spot also curates a great wine selection and will (occasionally) offer wine tastings. The rustic space and ever-changing Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, matched with the charm of favorites such as croissants and muffins, is what makes this place stand out. And sure, Wine Down Wednesdays, where all the wine is 50% off, doesn’t hurt either.

D'Vine Bistro

D’Vine

East Mesa

Mesa is Arizona’s third largest city, so its lack of great food and wine spots can be frustrating. Fortunately there’s D’Vine, a cozy bar offering reds, whites, and more by the glass, bottle, and even flight. D’Vine prides itself on removing the “snootiness” from the vino world by educating its customers through tastings every Tuesday night with an in-house Mixologist. But if you have a question about the selection any other night, feel free to ask the staff -- each member is tested about the wines before being allowed to serve you.

Rhythm and Wine

North Scottsdale

This family-owned wine spot focuses on offering a diverse spread of reds and whites from all across the world. On top of its selection -- which includes an “interesting” section -- the bar has a fantastic food menu with great local ingredients. Our personal favorite is the Light My Fire! pizza, which layers chorizo sausage, pepper jack cheese, and cilantro… on a pizza! The happy hour is every day from 3-6pm with $3 off any glass of wine, and on Sundays, be sure to bring along your dog for the HH! (Don’t worry, it's allowed…)

Postino WineCafe

Postino

Arcadia (& Other Locations)

Priding itself on being a “neighborhood WineCafe,” Postino’s vino selection is so great that it has six locations, with number seven opening up this spring. Not only does it provide a great ambience inside -- largely because of the comfortably rustic setting -- but the specials always appear to be on point. From 11am-5pm every day, this place offers $5 wine glasses, and on both Mondays and Tuesdays (after 8pm), grab yourself a bottle of house wine and bruschetta for just $20.

Bar Bianco

Downtown Phoenix

Right next to the legendary Pizzeria Bianco in the historic Thomas House is Bar Bianco, a colonial wine bar that offers some great local Arizona selections. Sit back and have a glass of vino courtesy of Dos Cabezas while you wait for your pizza. Or better yet: have a few with some friends.

Courtesy of David Fox

Olive & Ivy

Old Town Scottsdale

Olive & Ivy is known for its great Italian-Mediterranean fusion menu, but we don’t think it gets nearly enough credit for the quality wine selection. With over 100 different reds alone, this is the perfect place to expand your palate and try something new. Stop by Monday-Friday between 3 and 6pm for the daily happy hour specials where all featured red and whites are just $5 for a glass.

Caffe Boa

Downtown Tempe

According to Caffe Boa, there are nearly 200 allowed “additives” that can go into wine. Because of that, each bottle or glass offered here is “nude” and contains the least amount of chemicals possible. And with a food menu that is also organic, the bar works hard to make sure its wines taste good and are healthy for you. The way that's done is by removing all oxygen and using “adaptive thermostats” that allows the restaurant to serve you vino at the perfect temperature.

5th and Wine

5th and Wine

Old Town Scottsdale

With a constantly rotating wine list, there’s always something new to try at 5th and Wine. And what better time to do so than during its happy hour: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm. If you’d rather a more private setting, the bar offers wine tasting parties. Feel free to fill the tasting room (a covered outdoor patio) with up to 40 of your favorite people and experience 5th and Wine together.

Su Vino Winery

Old Town Scottsdale

If you’re a true wine aficionado, or just curious about how wine is made, we recommend doing a tasting at Su Vino Winery. With over 40 medals earned because of the selection, Su Vino stands out because it offers customers the chance to have wine literally made just for them. Stop by the winery for a drink, a tasting, and maybe even a lesson (or two) about the industry. The staff is happy to help.

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Jamie Killin is a Phoenix writer and wine enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter at @jamiekillin and on Instagram at @jamiefayekillin.

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1. La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar 699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

A slightly upscale take on the traditional pizza joint, Bocca boasts a Mediterranean-inspired menu (with some real stunners on it) and a dimly lit, intimate wine bar atmosphere. We can't say enough about the Chicken Pesto, which boasts has all your favorite toppings: bacon, mozzarella & fontina cheeses, caramelized onions, and of course, chicken. And whether you order the pesto, or another pick from the hand-tossed pizza selection, an outdoor patio awaits to perfectly backdrop your wine-fueled evening.

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2. Arcadia Farms Café 7014 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

This quaint organic cafe and marketplace is open 7 days a week, serving up yummy, rustic cuisine. Breakfast and lunch offerings include omelettes, market salads, and fresh pastries made in house. Dinner from the Farm is Arcadia's pre-fixe dinner service, where patrons eat Mediterranean grub with curated wine pairings at communal tables.

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3. D'Vine Bistro & Wine Bar 3990 S Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ 85248

Count on quality American bistro fare at this chic spot with over 40 wines by the glass, wine flights, craft beers and handmade cocktails. The bistro also features live music and offers events like winemaker dinners.

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4. Rhythm & Wine 7605 E Pinnacle Peak Rd #D1, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (Phoenix)

A contemporary new American wine bar and tapas joint in Scottsdale. Rhythm and Wine's wine list is mostly populated by American and Italian producers, but their food menu is more globally influenced (appetizers include sushi grade poke, nachos and grilled flatbreads, among others). Stop by and enjoy weeknight happy hour deals on wine, cocktails, beer, and small plates.

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5. Postino 3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Arcadia)

Bright, industrial-chic wine bar Postino in Arcadia is beloved for its magical combination of scrumptious bruschetta and exceptional wine. The masterminds at Upward Projects have wooed Phoenix with a handful of staples (Joyride, Federal Pizza, Churn), but if we're being honest, Postino is our favorite -- not just for the wine cafe’s hip, laid-back feel, but also for its excellent service, solid lineup of primarily European and Californian wines, and its dozen (!) varieties of bruschetta (the burrata/bacon/arugula/tomato option is always a smart decision).

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6. Bar Bianco 609 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Downtown Phoenix)

This warm, intimate wine bar is right next door to proud Phoenix fave Pizzeria Bianco. Munch on small plates like crostini and flatbreads, olives and crudite, while you sip Malbec and Merlot. Situated in a gorgeous, turn of the century bungalow, you could have a drink in worst places.

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7. Olive & Ivy 7135 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (Old Town Scottsdale)

The shady trees and massive patio at this Mediterranean-inspired spot make you feel like you're in Southern France instead of Southern Scottsdale. Stop in for their happy hour, fit for foodies with $3 bruschetta, $6 small plates and $9 flatbreads.

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8. Caffe Boa 398 S Mill Ave, #110, Tempe, AZ 85281

The menu at Boa changes daily depending simply on the ingredients available in the kitchen, and the chefs at this Tempe Italian spot know how to play their cards by serving as many locally grown or raised ingredients, beers, and wines as humanly possible.

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9. 5th & Wine 7051 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (North Scottsdale)

Part wine bar, part New American resto, part live music venue and community meeting spot, 5th and Wine is a neighborhood spot in Scottsdale with something for everyone. Its moderately priced, flavorful menu spans three square meals, plus happy hour, and their wine list is varied and affordable. 5th and Wine also regularly hosts wine dinners in which they pair prix-fixe chef's selections with bottles from their wine list.

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10. Su Vino Winery 7035 E. Main Street, 10, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (North Scottsdale)

This Texas based winery has landed in Scottsdale. Famous for their stylish, bold blends, Su Vino Winery's Scottsdale digs are just as trendy as their wines. Stop by for tastings, classes, and community events, or hang out at the on-site bar and sample the goods while you nosh on house apps and desserts.

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