Seattle is a city that loves its wine, as evidenced by the many wine bars located throughout the city, as well as the nearby wineries in Woodinville. Whether you have your wine preferences down or are just starting to learn about wine, there’s no finer place to spend an evening and enjoy a glass than Seattle’s top wine bars. Wine bars often serve up full menus of delicious pairings and sometimes meals, and some even serve brunch!
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With a cool upscale café feel and an open kitchen, Sitka and Spruce doesn’t have your typical wine bar atmosphere. It doesn’t have your average wine bar menu either. Instead, the menu features delectable brunch, lunch and dinner selections, including some of the best scones and coffee in Seattle! Menu items change frequently, but all are delicious, fresh and often locally sourced. The wine list features selections from Washington, Oregon, France, Italy, Portugal and other wine regions around the world.
Happy hour: No.
Location: 1531 Melrose Avenue, Seattle
Purple Café and Wine Bar is possibly Seattle’s top wine bar for ambiance alone, at least at its flagship Seattle location—warm colors, expansive spaces and a towering cylinder of wine with a staircase spiraling around it. All four locations feature expansive menus with everything from appetizers to sandwiches to pizzas, with a few exceptional menu items, including baked brie, stuffed dates and lobster mac and cheese. The wine list compiles wines from around the world. Enjoy any wine by the glass, or select a wine flight or pairing.
Happy hour: Yes. Daily 3 – 6 p.m. at Purple Bellevue and Mon-Fri 3 – 6 p.m. at Purple Woodinville.
- 1225 4th Avenue, Seattle
- 430 106th Avenue NE, Bellevue
- 4459 Woodinville Redmond Road NE, Woodinville
POCO aims for an intimate atmosphere, close and cozy and inviting. It’s not the best place for a large group, but that’s not why it’s here. This neighborhood wine bar and restaurant has a modern flair to its décor and features two stories, each with a small dining room, as well as an outdoor patio space during warmer months. Along with great deals during happy hour, POCO usually has a beer, wine and/or cocktail special.
Happy hour: Yes. Daily until 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday.
Location: 1408 E Pine Street
Bottlehouse offers wines by the taste, glass, flight or bottle, many of which are from the Northwest, as well as Northwest microbrews. The wine bar has a vintage chic appeal, as well as an outdoor patio. The menu features a selection of artisan cheeses, meats and breads.
Happy hour: Yes. Daily 3 – 6 p.m.
Location: 1416 34th Avenue
RN74 is a little more European than most of the other wine bars in Seattle. The wine-by-the-glass list has selections from the Northwest and other world wine regions, but with a slight emphasis on French wines. Likewise, the menu has intriguing flavors with many influences, with a slant toward French cuisine. A fun twist is a train station-style reader board on the wall that lists available wines.
Happy hour: Yes. Mon - 3 p.m. to close/Tues-Thurs 3-7 p.m./Fri 3-6 p.m./Sat 4-6 p.m.
Location: 1433 4th Avenue
Phoenecia is a wine bar and restaurant with a view, a rarity among Seattle’s wine bars. Look out over the Olympics and watch the sunset on clear days from the location right on Alki Beach. The menu includes lots of small bites, but also full-size entrees and a tasty pizza menu, too. A special bonus is that the menu has plenty of vegetarian items and a few vegan items, too.
Happy hour: No
Location: 2716 Alki Avenue SW
Edited by Kristin Kendle.