Austin is mostly known for being the capital of Texas. But there is a lot more this city has to offer, including a great wine scene.
No matter your experience, check out these great wine bars for a taste of what Austin has to offer.
The Best Wine Bars in Austin
With a focus on small-production, local, and farm-to-table, their menus change frequently, and there are always delicious selections to choose from.
As for wine, you’ll find 10 offerings by-the-glass, which rotate almost daily.
And the full wine list spans 6 continents and contains 400 labels of small-production and what they call low-intervention selections.
You’ll also find a daily rotating food menu with the option for a Chef’s pairing to go with a wine selection. This is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that can’t be missed.
- Location: 2025 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78704
Aviary Wine + Kitchen
This bar and kitchen is cheerful and inviting, with bright colors and a touch of Mediterranean flair. You’ll find their eclectic and unique design is followed through on the extensive wine list.
Quirky celebrity names are used to divide and describe each section.
Under the name Twiggy, bright white wines are listed, whereas sparkling are under David Bowie, and sultry reds are listed under Etta James.
Add this spectacular bar and kitchen to your list of stops, you won’t regret it.
- Location: 2110 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Designed to bring flavors of the Napa Valley to Texas, you’ll find nothing but delicious west coast wines.
Designed as more of a formal educational tasting space than a casual bar, each tasting is hosted by a sommelier ready to answer questions and give you in-depth knowledge of the wine you’re sipping.
The tasting room is designed to be reminiscent of a speakeasy and offer guests an intimate, unique environment to expand wine knowledge.
This is one place where making a reservation is recommended.
- Location: 901 E 7th St, Austin, TX, 78702
Cork + Screw
This bar and tasting room focuses on curating an unpretentious place to enjoy and learn about wine, no matter your previous experience.
The wine list is designed around growers producing natural and organic products.
They encourage purchasing a bottle to enjoy on their patio, which is filled to the brim with local flora to really immerse you in the Austin feel.
If you’re planning a tasting with friends, it’s best to book in advance, so you get the best experience. The diverse selection is reasonably priced, so there’s truly something for everyone.
- Location: 2907 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702
Emmer & Rye
Describing themselves as warehouse chic, this space offers innovative fresh and seasonal offerings to pair with one of the wines from a list which spans 10 pages.
You’ll find a diverse selection, including wines not typically found in other bars, like orange varieties and reds, so well named “off the beaten path.”
They boast a menu that changes daily in an environment that is casual, comfortable, and inviting. Grab some friends or catch up with family over a glass of wine in this great space.
- Location: 51 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Truly one of the more unique spaces on this list, House Wine is exactly what the name entails.
You’ll find this unpretentious wine bar nestled away in a home that’s been renovated into a bar.
The interior still has the feel of your friend’s living room which makes it a relaxing and inviting place to drink wine.
Outside you’ll find a fantastic patio and garden, perfect for reading a book or hanging with friends while finishing a bottle of wine.
They keep an extensive list of international selections and even offer a wine club or classes.
- Location: 408 Josephine St, Austin, TX 78704
The vibe at Lenoir is pretty unique, and their menu is no different. This shabby-chic environment is paired with a food menu that features inspiration from Indian and Mediterranean cultures.
You’ll find what seems to be a never-ending wine list with options by the glass or bottle.
There will be selections from growing regions and vineyards all around the world, including some you’ve probably never tried before.
Great for a date night or enjoying a glass, make sure you add Lneoir to your list.
- Location: 1807 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Lolo Natural Wines
Lolo is an eccentric natural wine bar in East Austin ready to make a good impression.
The owners strive for wine without stuffiness or intimidation and want a space comfortable for all to approach natural wine.
This dynamic space offers classes, tastings, and a wine shop for all your needs beyond the bottle.
Lolo’s wine list is impressive, with 10 by the glass options and bottle selection spanning over 10 pages long.
The environment is bright and lively, making it a great place to explore natural wines.
- Location: 1504 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
Olive + June
This restaurant brings influence from both Texas and Italy which drives both the food and wine menu.
Once you step inside the massive three-story building, you’ll find 4 different dining areas, both inside and out, to enjoy.
Service and the atmosphere is upscale but friendly and still approachable.
To go with their fresh hand-made pasta, you’ll find an excellent wine list separated by distinct descriptors to help guide the process.
Choose from options by the glass or bottle highlighting Italian vineyards and growing regions.
- Location: 3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX, 78703
Wanderlust Wine Co.
If the giant colorful mural painted across the building doesn’t draw you in, their claim to fame will.
Boasting what they state is the world’s largest self-serve wine-on-tap winery, you can definitely take a trip across the world without leaving Austin.
They constantly rotate the selections, so there’s always something new to try.
And with 50-80 taps available consistently, you’ll never run out of options. If the location downtown doesn’t work, they have another spot in East Austin.
Either way, you won’t be disappointed while pouring your own wine from the tap.
- Location: 610 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78701; 702 Shady Ln, Austin, TX 78702
Now you know Austin is known for more than just being the capital of Texas.
The wine scene is not to be missed, and after a few tastings at any of these great spots, we’re sure you’ll be back for more.