Brooklyn is home to numerous wine bars and even a few wineries. If you haven't been to a wine bar, they tend to have a quieter and more intimate atmosphere. Wine bars are often the ideal spot for a romantic date, but they're also a great place to spend an evening with friends.
On this list, you'll find a variety of places to choose from to suit your taste, whether you're sipping a glass of rose on a rooftop vineyard at sunset or sharing a bottle of white vino at a rustic Williamsburg wine bar.
The perfect way to watch the sunset in Brooklyn is sipping wine at Rooftop Reds, the world’s first commercially viable, urban rooftop vineyard. This seasonal rooftop vineyard had their first harvest in fall 2017. In addition to being a scenic locale for a drink, Rooftop Red also hosts a myriad of evening activities including a popular weekly film series.
This cozy Williamsburg wine bar, owned by James Murphy of the popular band LCD Soundsystem, was also the setting for an episode of Master of None. Located on Grand Avenue, The Four Horsemen has a well-curated wine list with many natural wines. Pair your wine with the dinner menu or weekend lunch menu, which includes cheese plates, oysters, and artisanal eats. Don’t forget to order the bread and butter.
A short walk from the 7th Avenue F train stop in Park Slope will get you to Brookvin, a charming wine bar run by the owner of the popular South Slope wine shop, Big Nose Full Body. (Since the wine shop is just a few doors down from Brookvin, you can stop in both on the same trip to taste and buy some bottles to take home.) In the warmer months, grab a seat in Brookvin's delightful backyard, and order a glass of Grüner Veltliner. Brookvin also has happy hour specials, including mac 'n 'cheese served with bacon (and without).
Sit fireside at this Carroll Gardens wine bar that feels more like the bar at a ski lodge than a city one. Dine on their menu of small plate meals paired with a glass of wine. If you can’t score the coveted seat by the fireplace, you’ll still enjoy the overall ambiance at Black Mountain. This wine bar is a great place for all seasons, and an ideal spot for a date.
Fans of natural wines will enjoy the selection at June. The wine bar also has a menu of seasonal, artisanal eats that are perfectly paired with their selection of wines. In the spring and summer, you should get a seat in the spacious backyard. However, the classic and well designed restaurant is ideal for any season and popular with locals.
Don't forget to soak in the stellar views of Lower Manhattan as you walk down the cobblestone streets of Dumbo to this cozy wine bar on the corner of Jay Street and Walter Street. Whether you're looking to have a pre-theater drink before taking in a show at St. Ann's Warehouse or you want to enjoy a glass of wine after walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, Olympia Wine Bar is a great choice. If you're traveling with someone who isn't a wine drinker, Olympia Wine Bar also makes tasty cocktails.
Fans of Caribbean cuisine should visit this Ditmas Park wine bar that features a menu filled with Caribbean food, such as classic jerk chicken. This casual wine bar hosts various events throughout the year, check their website for wine tasting and launches. This is the ideal spot to have a glass of wine before seeing a show at the historic Kings Theatre, which is just a short walk from the wine bar.
Woodhul Wine Bar in Williamsburg is a neighborhood favorite. Those on a budget will love the daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The intimate wine bar is also great spot for a date. Order a glass of Nero d’Avola Rose and one of the many varieties of petit flatbreads. Both the wine and the small plate menu overflow with tasty options. This is another wine bar that is also great for non-wine drinkers because it has a large selection of whiskies, beer, and cocktails.
If you want a good view of the Statue of Liberty without having to shell out the cash for a touristy boat tour around the harbor, head to this incredible winery on a pier in Red Hook. The views from the pier are stunning, but the scenic waterfront isn't the only reason you should visit this winery. You can relax on the couch with a bottle of wine and a cheese plate at this casual tasting room, or you can opt for a tasting or a tour. The tasting room is open daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. For $18, you can taste four different Red Hook Wines. Daily from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., you can opt for a barrel tasting for $35 per person that includes a tour. This is a definite must-visit for wine lovers.
This Williamsburg wine bar serves Sardinian food and wine. Have a glass of Italian wine as you indulge in a meal of Pane Carasau (Sardinian flatbread), salmon tartare, meat and cheese platters, and many other foods. This cozy bar is a great place for a date or for a post-shopping dinner. Housed in the heart of Williamsburg, it's a great spot to have a bite before a show at Rough Trade or after a day exploring this trendy neighborhood.
A great wine list and $1 oysters every night make this Williamsburg wine bar a favorite with the locals. Centrally located in the heart of Williamsburg, this is a fun place to stop after shopping at the many boutiques that line Bedford Avenue. Pinkerton Wine Bar has a selection of affordable bottles of wine if you want to share a bottle with a friend. They also have happy hour specials if you're looking to have a pre-dinner glass. Known for its affordability, though, you don't have to wait for a happy hour special to enjoy a glass of wine at this neighborhood staple.
Sign up for a tour and tasting at this boutique urban winery. Tours are $35 dollars and must be booked in advance. If you don't want an official tour and tasting, you can stop in the wine bar for a glass, bottle, or a flight of Brooklyn Winery wines. They also have a menu of bar snacks and shared plates. Just note that Brooklyn Winery is also a popular spot for weddings and other events, so be sure to check their website for wine bar hours before you go.
West Wine Bar
A newcomer to Greenpoint, West Wine Bar is quickly becoming a local staple. Have a glass of wine, and enjoy complimentary popcorn. With a diverse wine list and a menu of small plates, salads, and burritos, the casual wine bar is a perfect spot to have a drink in this increasingly hip Brooklyn neighborhood. After having a drink, check out these fun spots in Greenpoint.
You'll find more than 100 wines on the list at this mellow wine bar and restaurant on the main drag in Ditmas Park. In addition to the well curated wine list, they also have a stellar food menu. After you've filled up on their menu of small plates, you can stroll through the gorgeous streets of Ditmas Park filled with old Victorian mansions. This is a local favorite and packs a crowd. The Castello Plan is also open for brunch.
This charming wine bar and restaurant is a short walk from the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, a great spot to go for spectacular views of Manhattan before or after getting a glass of wine here. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are all served here, and on Mondays through Thursdays, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., they have a great happy hour with $6 glasses of select wine and other drink specials.