Best Wine Bars In Houston

May 26, 2011 3:11 AM

Texas might be more of a whiskey and beer type of state, but Houstonians still enjoy the taste of high society once in awhile. And what better way to do so than with a glass of vino? You won’t find a wine bar on every corner of the city, but the best wine bars in Houston are worth the trip. — Amber Hilton

BRIX Wine Cellars

110 Vintage Park Boulevard, Suite T
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 374-6100

If you live in the Houston area and you like wine, you’ve probably heard of BRIX Wine Cellars, which offers one of the largest selections in the city. This upscale bar in Northwest Houston boasts more than 400 wine labels and 2,500 bottles of wine stored in their climate-controlled vault. If you’re looking for a wide selection and fine food, this is the place for you. The staff is knowledgeable and the d馗or is elegant, but both could be construed as a bit pretentious or stuffy for some crowds. Live music is offered Wednesday through Saturday night. Stop by Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Happy Hour specials, which include $5 glasses of wine, $2 draft beers, and your choice of the “small bites” menu. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Closed on Sundays.

Crescent Moon Wine Bar

440 Rayford Road, Suite 115A
Spring, TX 77386
(281) 364-9463

Located just outside of Houston in the suburb of Spring, Crescent Moon Wine Bar is a cozy, non-pretentious place to tip back a glass of wine and relax with good friends. The decor, which includes custom stone work and Tuscan arches, will take you away to another place and time. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about their selection of over 300 wines. Whether you want a flight, glass or bottle, there is something here for every palate and budget. Crescent Moon also serves lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, as well as yummy appetizers like fruit and cheese trays. You might also consider reserving their private room for your next party or event. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oporto Food and Wine Bar

3833 Richmond
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 621-1114

If you’re looking for a trendy, yet intimate place to come and relax with friends, Oporto Food and Wine Bar is it. Specializing in wine and tapas, but also serving cocktails and other gourmet food, this Euro-Mediterranean style bar and restaurant is certainly one of the best wine bars in Houston. Oporto offers wines by the glass in more than 50 varieties from South America, Spain, Italy, Portugal and the United States. The wine selection is great, but it doesn’t outshine the food. The Houston Press voted Oporto Best Tapas in 2007 and Best Spanish Restaurant in 2009. Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight.

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