It’s true that you can get a good glass of wine in just about any restaurant with a bar in Philadelphia. But sometimes, it’s worth going to the experts. These Philly spots go well beyond the standard wine list of a few reds and a few whites, featuring eclectic lists that are meant for sampling and exploring. Whether you consider yourself a wine aficionado, or you just enjoy a glass every now and then, there’s a wine bar that’s perfect for you.

Tria Café
Washington Square West
1137 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 629-9200
www.triacafe.com

With four locations throughout Philadelphia, Tria is among the most well known wine spots in the city. The casual café offers world-class wines from smaller purveyors as well as fine craft beers, but you don’t have to worry about pretentious attitudes or feel like you need to be a wine connoisseur. The selection is always different, but you can count on a cheese plate, one white wine, one red wine and two beers – each priced at $5. If the eclectic menu has you wondering which drink to choose, the Tria servers pride themselves on getting to know the wine makers and their stories. So feel free to ask for suggestions.

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Jet Wine Bar
1525 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-1116
www.jetwinebar.com

Jet Wine Bar is a sleek, modern spot on South Street offering a selection of wines sourced from around the world. While there is a menu of snacks, sandwiches, cheese and meats to complement your drink of choice, the drink menu is clearly the main focus. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, or you can opt for the daily flight to try a few. Events like Sparkling Saturdays, Jet’s “Red Eye” (drink specials and a DJ starting at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays), and weekday happy hour specials give plenty of excuses to visit throughout the week.

Tinto
114 S. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9150
www.tintorestaurant.com

Tinto is Chef Jose Garces’s follow up to Old City’s Amada, bringing the tastes of Spain’s Basque county to Rittenhouse Square. The intimate space is designed to feel like a rustic wine cellar featuring wooden grids that display thousands of wine bottles. Choose from approximately 100 wines by the bottle and another 20-plus by the glass from a menu that is divided both by type of wine (red, white, rose, sparkling) as well as the region in Spain. With an Iron Chef as the owner, it’s no surprise that the food is also worth the visit. The menu consists of shareable tapas with favorites including spiced meatballs, duck confit and grilled octopus. To get the complete experience, you’ll want to go for the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairing.

Tredici Enoteca
114 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(267) 928-2092
www.tredicienoteca.com

Tredici opened in late 2015 and has already become a new Midtown Village hotspot. Coming from the Zavino Hospitality Team, Tredici can be considered the more sophisticated “sister” to their popular wine/pizza bar across the street. The food menu features sharable small plates and salads with a Mediterranean focus. As the name suggests (Enoteca is Italian for “wine repository”), wine is the main reason why you’ll want to visit. Tredici offers a diverse wine list with more than 20 wines available as half or full glasses, as well as a cruvinet with a rotating selection of 6 vintage wines (typically only sold by the bottle) by the glass.

Vintage Wine Bar
129 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 922-3095
www.vintage-philadelphia.com

The chandelier made of wine bottles sets the tone for this cozy, artistic Midtown Village spot. Open on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and on weekends from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., it’s ideal for after-work drinks and snacks, dinner or late-night sipping. The food menu offers seasonal eats ranging from marinated olives, soups, charcuterie and house-cut fries to hearty fare like grilled flank steak, burgers and roasted chicken. Choose from over 60 glasses of wine and about 20 wines available by the bottle. If you’re into trying unique varieties, be sure to take a look at the “Unusual and Exciting” section of the wine list.

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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area.
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