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Best Wine Bars in Washington, D.C.

January 25, 2011 6:39 AM

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Centrally located in Chinatown, Proof's popularity can be attributed to its extensive wine list and haute cuisine made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients. (Credit: proofdc.com)

Centrally located in Chinatown, Proof’s popularity can be attributed to its extensive wine list and haute cuisine made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients. (Credit: proofdc.com)

Wine, cheese, yadda yadda yadda. Not at these wine bars. The best wine bars in Washington, D.C., feature four distinct wine experiences that showcase their individuality and esteem in their own unique ways. Each is located in a different neighborhood, allowing diners to experience the local vibe as well as distinguished libations.
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Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro on U Street brings together community and neighborly appeal with fine wine and dining. (Credit: vinotecadc.com)

Vinoteca

1940 11th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 332-9463
www.vinotecadc.com

Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro on U Street brings together community and neighborly appeal with fine wine and dining. The outdoor patio out back features a bocce ball court, a full bar and lounge seating where patrons can enjoy more than 100 wines from around the world. They also offer wine classes for small groups, flamenco music and dancing on Sunday nights, and charity happy hours for local nonprofit organizations and causes.

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Centrally located in Chinatown, Proof's popularity can be attributed to its extensive wine list and haute cuisine made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients. (Credit: proofdc.com)

Proof

775 G St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 737-7663
www.proofdc.com

Centrally located in Chinatown, Proof’s popularity can be attributed to its extensive wine list and haute cuisine made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients. You simply cannot go wrong with a tall glass of wine and the cheese plate, featuring your pick of three or six cheeses served with a date, honey, apple sauce and sweetbreads. The constantly changing menu of food and wine encourages diners to come back for more.

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Situated in thriving Logan Circle, Cork Wine Bar is the quaint, intimate wine bar of the 14th Street corridor. (Credit: corkdc.com)

Cork

1720 14th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-CORK
www.corkdc.com

Situated in thriving Logan Circle, Cork Wine Bar is the quaint, intimate wine bar of the 14th Street corridor. Cold small plates include not only cheese and charcuterie, but also avocado served with pistachios, sea salt and grilled bread, and house-cured trout served with toasted hazelnuts and tangerine vinaigrette. Select from 50 wines by the glass or 160 bottles from across the globe. On occasion, they serve wines from their cellar that are not on the standard menu. To further your experience, stop by Cork Markey and Tasting Room down the street for free wine tastings on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Urbana in Dupont Circle is one of the best wine bars in Washington, D.C., amid one of the city's most active bar scenes. (Credit: urbanadc.com)

Urbana

2121 P St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 956-6650
www.urbanadc.com

Decked out akin to a traditional Tuscan wine cellar, Urbana in Dupont Circle is one of the best wine bars in Washington, D.C., amid one of the city’s most active bar scenes, especially for the after-work crowd. Located in the stylish Hotel Palomar, the seasonally changing wine list highlights specialties from western Europe, and accompanies the respective cuisines. Eco-friendly wines are also offered as flights or by the glass or bottle.

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