We love booze of all kinds in San Antonio but wine holds a special tingly place in our hearts. Not even the ridiculousness of purple teeth will stand in our way. Whether you’re gripping a glass at a Spurs game or Downtown at a sommelier tasting, here are the best spots to enjoy a glass or two in our city.
The Best Wine Bars in San Antonio
Inside one of San Antonio’s many historic downtown buildings, Zinc is just outside the Riverwalk’s touristy grips and offers a nice chance to enjoy the city’s most overcrowded area with a little peace and quiet. With over 4,000 bottles to choose from, the menu can feel overwhelming, but trust the restaurant’s experienced staff. They know the products well and are happy to educate even the most novice of wine drinkers.
Copa has perfected the legendary pizza & wine combination. Their mushroom pizza is light and crispy and best served with a pinot noir. But don’t take my word for it -- let the restaurant’s staff tailor a wine flight to your tastes.
Soho is best known for the converted bank vault that sits in the back of the restaurant’s bar, but the place should be recognized for their bartender’s craftsmanship and extensive wine list. If zinfandel or merlot are your drinks then look no further, Soho has some of the best selections San Antonio bars have to offer. For a nightcap, try one of their cigar offerings and live like a king.
It’s true that Nectar has the best charcuterie boards in San Antonio, but if you come for the meat & cheese, stay for the wine. The list is long and strong and best if discussed with a member of the restaurant’s knowledgeable staff. Bring your favorite friend, buy the Joie De Vivre board, a bottle of wine, and enjoy the company.
If the place is good enough for Coach Pop it's good enough for us. Committed to education, 20nine offers over 300 wines by the bottle and 60 by the glass, but they’re at their best when creating a “road trip” for their patrons. Each road trip offers three tastes of wine that are grouped by region, or style and are accompanied by informative tasting notes to reference. So if you’re looking to get schooled, look no further -- 20nine is the place to be.
Yes, Vino Volo is in the San Antonio International Airport. Eliminate any preconceived ideas regarding where a wine bar should be located and just read. They take wine seriously here and have an excellent selection to choose from, so next time you’re stuck on a layover at SAIA, maybe you’ll thank us. An airport is actually the most logical location for a wine bar…
One of the most enjoyable courtyards in San Antonio is housed at Wine 101. Peruse a wine list the length of Homer’s Odyssey and enjoy some of the restaurant’s lauded tapas. Best held secret about Wine 101: they have a wine club. For $50 a month they’ll send you two bottles a month and invitations to private tastings and special events. Totally worth it.
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Stephen Ross writes for Thrillist and is a fan of heavy handed pours of Malbec. Follow him on Twitter @estebanjross.
1. Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar207 N Presa St, San Antonio
2. Copa Wine Bar & Tasting Room19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, San Antonio
3. Soho Wine & Martini Bar214 W Crockett St, San Antonio
4. Nectar Wine Bar & Ale House214 Broadway St Ste 103, San Antonio
5. 20nine Restaurant & Wine Bar255 E Basse Rd Ste 940, San Antonio
6. Vino Volo9800 Airport Blvd, San Antonio
7. Wine 10114743 Old Bandera Rd, Helotes
Located in a historic building in the heart of San Antonio, Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar boasts an extensive wine menu: 4,000 bottles are stored in the restaurant's very large wine cellar.
The Copa Wine bar is known around San Antonio for it's ingenious pairings of pizza and wine. If you have a hard time deciding what wines to match with your pizza, make sure to order a wine flight instead of a single glass. That way, you can mix and match your own wine pairing.
The Soho Martini Bar is known for the converted bank fault that sits in the back of the restaurant, but we think people should be paying more attention to their extensive wine list and expert bartenders. If you are up for it, ask to try one of their cigars with one of their best wines. Why not live it up?
While Nectar is known for their charcuterie plates, their extensive wine list should not be undermined. If you are looking at their impressive list and not knowing what to choose, make sure to flag down one of their experienced and knowledgeable staff members for help.
With close to 400 different wines available to choose from, there is something for everyone at 20nine Restaurant & Wine Bar. If you are a first timer, make sure to try one of their "road trips," where you can go on a journey around the world with just a few different samples of wine.
Sure, it seems unlikely that one of San Antonio's best wine bars would be inside the airport, but here us out. Not only do their have an impressive and extensive wine list, but having access to so many delicious wines comes in handy when you miss a connecting flight or have hours to wait before you take off.
Wine 101 is the perfect spot to get an out-of-the-city feel without actually venturing too far away from the city. With a huge wine list and a worthy tapas menu, Wine 101 pulls out all the stops. Plus every Thursday from 3-8pm they host a FREE wine tasting. You can even be a member of their wine club and get perks like 2 bottles of wine per month, a customized wine glass for their tastings and invitations to special events at the restaurant.