Winos, drink up your rosés and pinos at the best wine bars around the city. Sometimes it’s just nice to unwind with a glass or two and taste new bottles of the irresistible fermented fruits.
1. Unwind Wine Bar
Unwind is the perfect spot to enjoy the nice weather on Hyde Park Square while you soak in their patio. The atmosphere is very rustic and casual. Don’t let the “Hyde Park” location give off a pretentious vibe. With over 40 different kinds of wine, Unwind is a great appetizer-and-wine place with cheese boards, flatbreads and salads to pair with your glass of cabernet.
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2. Zula Restaurant & Wine Bar
The small plates at Zula are a culinary treat and perfect appetizers after a stroll in Washington Park. Grab a glass of bubbly and treat yourself to one of Zula’s artisan flat bread. The wooden bar, exposed brick and chocolate leather bar stools give you a laid back ambiance with an urban meets rustic feel. Sip by the glass or choose a bottle from their list with a wide variety of prices fit for a casual night or a fancy celebration.
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3. 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
This little spot is open for you early risers; teas, lattes and coffee will caffeinate your mornings while you get your work down. Of course the pour-over coffee is divine, but 1215’s wine is the ultimate beverage of choice. Their wrap-around bar and two-some tables are a perfect pre or post-dinner spot for a glass of wine. Enjoy the romantic ambiance with candles and flowers on each table. Choose one of 1215’s wine flights to test your palette or order by the glass.
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4. Valley Vineyards
Learn the wine-making process from start to finish on a self-guided tour of the cellar and stop for a tasting in their tasting room. Choose from a list of Valley Vineyard wines and pair your new favorite vino with a cheese tray or soft pretzels. Pick from two groupings of wines; sweet or dry, and try nine wines in each set. They also offer group cookout specials and group tastings. More of a beer person? No worries, their Cellar Dweller craft beers will win you over. Grab a pizza and earn bragging rights with your craft beer buds.
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5. Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar
It may take you a while to browse the wine list, but take your time because there are a multitude of heavenly vinos to choose from. And don’t show up in you bar clothes, put on your Sunday attire as this wine bar isn’t fit for jeans. You might do a double take when looking at the prices on the food menu, and if you aren’t able to splurge, just a bottle of wine will do the body good.
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6. WG Kitchen and Bar
Whether you’re headed to a Reds game or hanging out on The Banks, WG Kitchen and Bar is always a good idea. Their outdoor seating is enough of a reason in itself to visit this spot, but the wine will make you want to stay for hours. Choose a chardonnay or South American flight for a little wine exploration. Want to take a bottle home? WG’s wine shop is great if you’re in need of a quick hostess gift or a to-me-from-me present. Need a good place to take a date and you’re not a wino? They have a beer list for all you beer connoisseurs.
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7. Vinkolet Winery
Order a glass of Traminette, please! The Traminette was awarded the best white wine in Ohio. Vinkolet’s wine is certainly unique, who knew Cincinnati had wineries? The restaurant serves traditional American cuisine including New York strip steaks and Angus beef burgers. Not a white wine drinker? Choose from nine other varieties — or try ’em all!
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8. Enoteca Emilia
O’bryonville holds a hidden gem that you’d never know existed. Tucked away on Madison Avenue, Enoteca’s wine list is the mother of wine lists packing in a variety of reds and whites to quench your wino thirst. There are so many that if you aren’t a wine connoisseur, ask a server for their personal favorites. Choose an artisan pizza (go for the traditional Margherita) and swoon over the Affogato, hazelnut gelato with espresso.
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9. 20 Brix
A little off the beaten path, 20 Brix is a secret gem. They feature over 100 wines for dine in and at their retail store. Order an appetizer to share among your table of friends and pair with a glass of wine. Want to take your wine loving to the next level? Join 20 Brix’s wine club and take advantage of special events.
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If it’s your first time guzzling the grapes, Google the lingo — secretly of course, and just nod your head and spit in a bucket. It’s always acceptable to ask your server or bartender questions about the wines, they should know where to direct you.