San Antonio exudes vibrant culture and interesting history, so it isn’t surprising that this Texas city attracts 20 million visitors each year. From museums to historical architecture, nature to theme parks and sports, the city has something for everyone. San Antonio hotels put Texas hospitality front and center, while countless fine dining places put the city on the culinary map.
San Antonio’s wine bar scene is also blossoming. Hot spots bring in wines from all the top wine sites. You don’t have to go to California or New York to taste the best from Europe, Australia, South America, or Napa Valley. This flourishing wine bar scene draws in wines from Texas Hill Country wineries too. For an up and coming, eclectic area when it comes to wine bars, San Antonio is the city to visit.
Get in on the wine scene right from the start of your trip to San Antonio. Vin Volo, found right in San Antonio International Airport’s retail court, features a wide-ranging wine list paired with light fare. Perfect to wipe clean your mind from the stresses of travel when you arrive or unwind before your flight home, Vin Volo takes the typical boredom out of airport dining.
Sample different wines with a wine flight, then find the best pairing of food, like smoked salmon or desserts, for an indulgent taste. Plus, you can have the wine bar’s food made to take on the plane, so even if you’re scrambling to catch a flight, you don’t have to miss out.
Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar
Right off the Riverwalk, Zinc Bistro and Wine Bar is the place to go for an intimate, casual experience. You’ll get to try wines (or bubbly, or spirits) that hail from all points on Earth. Hardwood floors, an outdoor courtyard with a Koi pond, and white tablecloths set the scene for wines from as close as Texas Hill Country to far-flung New Zealand.
Like many of San Antonio’s best wine spots, Zinc also offers delicious food with their cocktails and wines. Snack on truffle parmesan fries or guacamole, eat some pizza, then finish up the night with a sweet dessert like vanilla bean crème brulee. Whether you’re there for a casual night out or a private event or reception, Zinc spices things up.
Staying on the Riverwalk, make another stop at Las Ramblas Restaurant and Cork Bar. The city’s Riverwalk is one of San Antonio’s most romantic spots, and it’s also home to the Hotel Contessa. Las Ramblas is right in the atrium of the hotel and offers an upscale list of wines, cocktails, beers, and spirits.
The restaurant offers formal breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but if you want something more casual, you can go to the Cork Bar. Enjoy the smooth house wine of Las Ramblas at Sangria Alegre, their name for happy hour.
Bin 555 Restaurant and Wine Bar
Executive chef Jason Dady, selected as a “40 Under 40” talent by the San Antonio Business Journal, owns Bin 555. Here, the menu offers up light Mediterranean food to shine the spotlight on its wines. The list rotates constantly. There are 55 bottles, each available for $55, and many other wines offered by the glass.
If you’re looking for a spot for a private party, Bin 555 is the perfect option. The site has two large private rooms that hold 80 guests, as well as a patio area. The restaurant is also ideal for an intimate nightcap. The atmosphere is cozy enough for a group of friends or a romantic night out.
20 Nine Restaurant and Wine Bar
If you’re longing for the wines of Napa Valley, 20 Nine Restaurant and Wine Bar brings it to you right in San Antonio. Serving light fare and an extensive list of wine, this spot commits to giving you a tour of the Napa wine country by taste. Take a “road trip,” their version of the wine flight that’s grouped by style, varietal, or location.
No matter your tastes, you’ll find something here. 20 Nine features more than 60 wines by the glass and over 300 kinds of wine available as bottles. Pair your new favorite with a famous burger for the full experience.
Max’s Wine Dive
For a change of pace, head over to Max’s Wine Dive. Far from pretentious, this bar mixes wine, bubbly, and comfort foods. Still, don’t expect your typical dive bar. You’ll get your fried chicken artfully served, or grilled sandwiches paired with herbed potato chips.
In town for Saturday brunch? This is a great spot to visit. Get a mimosa with specialties like fried chicken and pancakes, or try something unique like red velvet pancakes with walnuts, maple syrup, and whipped cream cheese. And, of course, don’t forget the wine!
Candlelight is great if you want to relax with a mug of coffee, but it’s also a cozy home to more than 60 kinds of drinks, including wine, spirits, and beer. Lounge on velvet couches any time of day, or unwind on the patio with a fish pond.
This is a wine bar, coffee house, and café, all rolled into one unique place. Baked brie with orange marmalade, raspberry preserves, or brown sugar and pecans is the perfect dish to share. Pair some Pinot Noir with a soup and sandwich, then cap off the night with a delicious dessert.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
If you’re looking for a good old Texas pairing of steak and wine, you won’t want to miss Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. This restaurant features an award-winning collection of more than 100 wines served by the glass. You can sample three 2-ounce servings to pick the wine that best fits your tastes.
Fleming’s is famous for its desserts and sides, not to mention the meat dishes. The happy hour brings you a limited offering of appetizers, wines, and cocktails and is a great way to kick off a fun evening in San Antonio.
On your next trip to San Antonio, make sure to set aside some time for wine sampling. What do you think about San Antonio’s wine bars? Any other spots you’d like to try?