10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating in Houston

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A little taste of Spain right inside Houston.
6. Oporto
The Spanish had the right idea when they decided to pair tapas with wine, and Oporto brings that continental concept to Houston with its short but sweet menu of lunchtime small bites or petiscos, as well as its longer dinner tapas list. The portions are larger than the average Spanish serving, and the prices are very reasonable, so it's easy to order three or four dishes to share with friends. The wine, however, you'll want to keep to yourself. It's too good to share.

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Substantial dishes and light bites abound at Crú.
5. The Tasting Room
The local chain from the same folks who brought us Max's Wine Dive has the same relaxed atmosphere as Max's, but with slightly more upscale Mediterranean and Italian food choices. The kitchen closes earlier than the bar, so order plenty of hummus, tuna tartare and pizzas while you still can, then munch on it throughout the evening. The chefs at the various Tasting Rooms around town introduce new specials daily, and though the wine list might not be the best in town, the reasonably priced and delicious food more than makes up for it.

4. Crú
Crú offers diners the most substantial dishes of any wine bar in town. I challenge you to sit there and drink without being tempted by the smells of fondue, seared scallops or filet mignon wafting over from nearby tables. There are a number of smaller dishes for sharing, and Thursdays through Saturdays, the kitchen is rolling out these tasty treats until the bar/restaurant closes at midnight. Pair the goat cheese beignet with a dry Riesling or sip a Syrah with some lamb lollipops.

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Location Info

Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro

1214 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vinoteca Poscol

1609 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

13 Celsius Wine Bar

3000 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Oporto Cafe

3833 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tasting Room -- Uptown

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cru Wine Bar

2800 Kirby, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant

2720 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Camerata at Paulie's

1834 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Corkscrew

1308 W. 20th St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


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9 comments
gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Dang, I want that sandwich now looks delish. Love Paulie's.

Nicholas Brown
Nicholas Brown

Restaurant weeks is a good time to try these places for someone who can't normally afford it

KaitlinS
KaitlinS topcommenter

@lisaitsyourbday  Yeah, I love the food at Boheme, but I cannot in good conscience recommend the wine.

Estes
Estes

@lisaitsyourbday  

Boheme has specialized in buying close-out wines that are often cooked or dead or dying, so although their food has recently improved, the wines are still crap.

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