Best Wine Bars in Washington DC

Wine bars have become very popular in the Washington DC area in recent years. Following are some of the best places in the capital region to enjoy great wine and to learn about vintages from around the world. Many of these restaurants offer excellent food as well.

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    3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC (202) 244-6750. Located in Cleveland Park, the modern American Bistro has an extensive wine list of over 140 varieties from around the world offers including 28 rose, white, red and sparkling offerings available by the half or full glass.
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    1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 333-0111. The Georgetown restaurant offers classic, regional and contemporary French cuisine and an extensive selection of wines.
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    1720 14th Street NW Washington, DC (202) 265-2675. Located just south of the U Street Corridor, Cork offers more than 50 wines by the glass and 160 bottles from small producers around the world. Wine tastings and special events are available.
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    State Plaza Hotel, 2117 E Street, NW Washington DC (202) 861-8200. The hotel wine bar offers a wide selection of wines by the glass and bottle.
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    777 6th St NW, Washington, DC (202) 864-6445. Located in Chinatown, the wine bar offers a menu of more than 460 wines. Wines can be paired with the seasonal dinner menu that features the freshest ingredients including house-made pastas, premium fish and meat.

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    4401 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA (703) 243-7900. The European style cafe focuses on combining food and wine at a reasonable price. Outdoor dining is available during the warmer months of the year.
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    4865 Cordell Avenue Bethesda, MD (301) 986-9592. The popular Bethesda restaurant offers a wide selection of wines with a menu that pairs wine selections for each dish.
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    Two locations: 10435 Maryland Route 108, Columbia, MD (410) 997-3456 and 29 Main Street Warrenton, VA (540) 349-9339. The wine bar offers 30 wines by the glass and 300 by the bottle. Small plates complement the wines. The cozy atmosphere makes this a great destination for a romantic event or an intimate gathering with friends.
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    4907 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC (202) 244-2044. The wine lounge at the French restaurant in Friendship Heights is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and offers a variety of wines and silent films.
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    775 G Street NW Washington, DC (202) 737-7663. The wine-centric restaurant serves Modern American cuisine. It is an award winning restaurant offering more than 40 by-the-glass selections and 1,000 bottles of wine.
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    223 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, DC (202) 544-8088. The popular restaurant highlights local and regional ingredients and pairs them with the best American and Italian wines.
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    The Tasting Room brings the wines of the Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, VA to National Harbor, Chevy Chase, and Reston Town Center. The locations are available for private parties and special events.
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    2803 Columbia Pike Arlington, VA (571) 482-8581. Twisted Vines carries at least 20 wines by the glass and over 100 bottles from small producers around the world.
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    Hotel Palomar, 2121 P St. NW Washington, DC (202) 956-6650. The Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar, Located in Dupont Circle, is a neighborhood favorite for food and drinks.
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    1940 11th Street NW Washington, DC (202) 332-9463. While the focus is on wine, the menu includes a variety of small plates and a full bar, including cocktails and beer. Vinoteca also holds educational wine tastings and classes led by local wine experts.
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    Two Locations: 114 Market Street Gaithersburg, MD (301) 869-4008 and 12525-B Park Potomac Avenue Potomac, MD (240) 314-0177. The wine shops offer tastings and casual menus of salads, sandwiches and cheese plates. Outdoor patios are available when weather permits.