Wine Bar or Coffee Shop? Both!

Prairie Lights, Iowa City photo credit: Distiled Opinion

Prairie Lights, Iowa City photo credit: Distilled Opinion

Coffee houses and bookstores have jumped on the ‘wine tasting train’, and restaurants are finding edgy new ways to get in on this fabulous trend. From cheese  fanatics to book worms to beer lovers, these atypical wine bars have something for everyone! Below is Food & Wine’s  list of tasting rooms that are packing a large punch. To read the entire article click here.


Chicago: Rootstock

This hip new bar puts equal emphasis on small-production beers and wines.

Iowa City: Prairie Lights

A favorite of David Sedaris’s, this cult bookstore added a wine bar to pay homage to a literary society that drank there in the 1930s.

New York: By the Ounce at Bouley Bakery

David Bouley now turns his stellar bakery into a wine bar at night, with pours in amounts as small as an ounce. To eat: a great cheese selection.

Seattle: Fonté Cafe and Wine Bar

This excellent micro-roaster’s first café serves flights of rare coffees, as well as wines selected by former Herbfarm sommelier Tysan Dutta.


Atlanta: Two Urban Licks

The restaurant stores its entire list of more than 40 American wines in stainless steel kegs.

Los Angeles: Father’s Office

Sang Yoon sells both wine and beer on draft at the Culver City branch of his beer-centric bar and restaurant.

Oakland, CA: Chop Bar

The eco-conscious new Jack London Square restaurant serves more than half of its locally driven wine list from kegs.

San Francisco: Frances

Melissa Perello’s new restaurant sells two house wines on tap, custom-blended by California’s Core Wine Company.

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Sonja Arrasi, Cruise & Travel Masters
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