5 Wonderful Wine Bars on the Upper West Side
New York City is hands-down one of the best places to sip wine from vineyards around the world. With an endless amount of cozy wine bars showing off exposed brick walls or sleek bar tops, it’s easy to have few neighborhood spots to suit your pallet. Whether you’re planning a date night, catching up with friends, or heading out solo with a good book, these five Upper West Side wine bars offer wine lovers a truly special experience.
The Tangled Vine Wine Bar and Kitchen
If you’re in the mood for an Mediterranean-inspired wine bar, The Tangled Vine on 81st and Amsterdam is for you! The friendly service and exciting atmosphere welcomes snackers, diners, and drinkers alike! Stop by for $8 glasses, $5 beers, and $1 oysters Happy Hour deals every Monday through Friday from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the weekends. Glasses of wine average $14, which pair perfectly with smoked salmon crostinis or crab cakes.
Bin 71 is an Italian wine bar located on 71st Street and Columbus that takes a modern twist on Spanish and tapas bars. If you ask us, the best features include beautifully exposed brick, a horseshoe shaped bar facing outside, and of course an expansive global wine selection. Outdoor seating is also offered seasonally. Like any small restaurant in Manhattan, it’s best to visit this quaint spot during off peak hours, say, on a Sunday afternoon. With 100 bottles and 30 wines by the glass available and a carefully crafted European menu, you’ll have plenty of reasons to stop in!
Vanguard Wine Bar
The Vanguard is an American wine bar with French influence located between 68th and 69th on Amsterdam. If you have an appreciation for detail and ambiance, you’ll love the wooden tables, low lighting, and silent French movies playing in the background. The convenient location makes Vanguard ideal for a post-movie date or walk in Central Park. It doesn’t get more romantic than that, Upper West Siders! From crisp and refreshing whites to rich and powerful reds, the average glass of wine here is $12 and will keep your pallet asking for more. Bon appétit!
Vin Sur Vingt
Vin Sur Vingt is a wine lover’s gem located on 84th and Columbus. This French wine bar features an extensive list of over 50 wines by the glass with a carefully crafted French bistro flare. The staff is well known for guiding guests towards wine selections to best compliment their taste and dinner choices. With several locations scattered throughout Manhattan, Vin Sur Vingt is decorated with tilted mirrors and copper plated ceilings to reflect perfectly dimmed lighting. Take in the ambiance with your sweetheart with their wine and cheese pairing, which gets you 3 cheeses and 3 wines for $33.
With two locations on 72nd near Columbus and 9th and 46th, Riposo is probably the most relaxed/laid back of wine bars. After all, “Riposo” means to rest, be easy, and relax, and you’ll surely be able to enjoy yourself here. You wouldn’t feel under dressed popping in this Italian spot for a glass of vino after a yoga class. (Hydration, right?!) The average glass of wine here is $11, which goes perfectly paired with one of their delicious flatbreads (may we suggest the Bianco, loaded with Fontina, mozzarella, piave, parmesan, spinach, and garlic.) Our favorite thing about Riposo? Their homemade wine!