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BEST Wine Bar

2017 BEST Wine Bar



With its hip-hop soundtrack, generous pours of outside-the-box wines, and cheekily named snacks (e.g., a “David” Hasselback potato), this wine bar mixes serious oenophile cred with a laid-back atmosphere. Pop in to discover your new favorite vino; they’ll open anything… read more»

2016 BEST Wine Bar



There’s a reason why chefs like Oleana’s Ana Sortun are regulars at this low-key industry favorite: Owner Felisha Foster has taken the pomp and predictability out of the wine-bar experience. Even better, one of the city’s best young chefs, John… read more»

2015 BEST Wine Bar



With a wine list offering vinos from smaller producers and a menu call-out to the undervalued wonders of sherry and vermouth, Spoke is a bottlehead’s dream. Casual drinkers will appreciate its warm, accessible vibe; here sparkling wine is served in… read more»

2014 BEST Wine Bar



Fledgling wine aficionados, take heed: Laid-back Davis Square newcomer Spoke gamely removes the terror from the terroir, with servers who gently hold your hand through the ordering process. Of course, a glass of Ligurian pigato is only as good as… read more»

2013 BEST Wine Bar

Belly Wine Bar


The regions, the varietals, the vintages—the world of wine can be intimidating. Not at Belly, where the eclectic by-the-glass list is organized around lighthearted headings (like the Grease-themed “Pink Ladies” for rose, and “Beauty School Dropout” for chilled reds) that… read more»

2009 BEST Wine Bar

The Butcher Shop


As the longtime wine doyenne of the Barbara Lynch empire, Cat Silirie knows her way around a corkscrew. For proof, look no further than the corner of Tremont and Waltham, where over the past six years she’s nurtured this updated… read more»

2008 BEST Wine Bar

Bin 26 Enoteca


With a selection that runs from aglianicos through zinfandels and a wine list that reads like a guidebook, Bin 26 is an unknockable choice for novices looking to get their palates wet. Seasoned oenophiles will likewise have no quibbles with… read more»

1990 BEST Wine Bar



Backs up its wine-food promotions with a changing but always excellent selection of wines unavailable elsewhere by the glass—or even by the bottle. read more»

1989 BEST Wine Bar

Vin & Eddie’s Ristorante and Wine Bar

North Abington

Great prices and great selection, particularly of older vintages from California and Italy. read more»

1985 BEST Wine Bar



An outpost for oenophiles in Harvard Square. read more»