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27 Fine Wine Spots in Austin to Sip and Savor

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Austin’s wine scene has never been better. The city has one of the country’s best groups of sommeliers, and the evidence is clear when browsing the wine menus of top-notch restaurants and bars, which have raised the game steadily. With staff education on the rise, a focus on concept-driven wine lists, and a new emphasis on value, the Austin wine drinker is spoiled for choice.

There’s a welcome mix of love for classic selections blended with a discerning eye for emerging regions and grapes — meaning there’s a wine for every palate and knowledge level. When ordering wine these days, it’s worth asking questions, whether what the list’s best value is or what the sommelier feels is tough to find elsewhere.

For more boozing needs, check out Austin’s best restaurants and bars for wine and cheese, half-price wine bottle specials, along with the city’s essential and hot new cocktail bars, and a guide to Central Texas wineries.

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1. Olive & June

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3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 467-9898
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North Central Austin wine lovers frequent Olive and June, which has an entirely Italian wine program with a dozen wines by the glass and a lengthy bottle list. Descriptors like “cherry and oregano” (Sangiovese) and “leather and balsamic” (Brunello) anchor the categories to help diners hone in on their preferred styles. On Mondays, wines by the glass are always 50 percent off.

2. Vino Vino

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4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 465-9282
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Hyde Park’s O.G. wine bar just keeps getting the job done. While hundreds of restaurants have closed in the interim, it remains beloved due to great atmosphere, a thoughtful wine selection with a nod toward Old World selections, and a low-key vibe that strikes the right tone for slow-sipping and conversation. While some recent leadership changes have refocused the menu and wine list, there’s still a strong focus on value — markups are reasonable, and the wine picks are savvy and interesting. The two-dollar-off happy hour is also still there from 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily.

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3. L'Oca d'Oro

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1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723
(737) 212-1876
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Easily the best destination for wine in Mueller, L’Oca d’Oro does the little things right. Wines on tap are priced fairly and sourced from interesting destinations like Sicily and New York’s Finger Lakes. By the bottle choices are food-friendly, and mostly Old World from Italy, with Greek, French, and even Slovenian selections for good measure. Most bottles are under $70, and there are even cool, seldom-seen grapes worth trying like Rebo and Nerello.

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4. Texas French Bread

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2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 499-0544
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Murph Willcott and his team remain a neighborhood favorite for two reasons: the food and drinks are top-quality, and they really care about their guests. The wine list is full of discoveries with emerging producers and rare finds. A recent list has great pricing on classic Champagnes and edgy California producers like Ryme and Arnot Roberts. Stop by on Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. for half-priced wine (and beer) and try something new.

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5. Jeffrey’s and Josephine House

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1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
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Sunday nights at Jeffrey’s is the worst-kept secret in luxury wine consumption. With all bottles half off (yes, all), the bar room is filled with oenophiles raiding treasures from master sommelier June Rodil’s massive list of global finds. During the remainder of the week, take heart: while fancy selections abound, there are smart picks of most styles available (including Bordeaux and Washington reds) for under $100 — ask the wine team for their current favorites. For more casual patio sipping, try a table at sibling restaurant Josephine House found next door.

6. Olamaie

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1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 474-2796
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Austin’s favorite Southern kitchen gets plenty of praise for its food, but the wine list also merits serious attention. As with the menu, there’s a domestic focus. It can get spendy (Ridge Monte Bello) or weird (Scholium Project’s orange), but there’s a fit for every level of wine enthusiast. The West Coast bubbles and the truly eclectic white wine selections are particular highlights.

7. Wink

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1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 482-8868
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An old guard choice for quality wine in Austin, Wink quietly goes about its business, offering seasonal tasting menus and thoughtful wine selections to loyal Clarksville and Old Enfield patrons just as it has done for years. The restaurant deserves credit for helping to elevate the conversation around wine before it became a focal point in Austin dining. Expect a focus on French and Italian selections, with some smart California picks in the mix.

8. Clark's Oyster Bar

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1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 297-2525
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The compact and food-friendly list at Clark’s is what one expects from McGuire Moorman Hospitality, but take note — there’s a great weekend happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. California and France anchor the list here, but there are global selections from a number of additional regions. As one might expect, the seafood focus of the restaurant means there’s a heavy emphasis on white wines, bubbles, and rosé.

9. 24 Diner

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600 N Lamar Blvd #G
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5400
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A consistent “Wait, what?” on the wine map, 24’s sneaky-good wine list is an short but sweet all-American roundup of New World values. Screaming deals abound, from brambly Marietta Lot Series Zinfandel ($32 per bottle) to lovely Scharffenberger Brut (also $32 per bottle) Even serious syrah like Stolpman and cool climate Pinot Noir from Lompoc Wine Co. can be had for $40 per bottle. It’s great value, and all in good fun.

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10. Bar Lamar

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525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 542-2258
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Since Whole Foods’s master sommelier Devon Broglie is based in Austin, it should come as no surprise that the upscale grocer has a solid wine bar tucked into the flagship store. There’s a big open secret: any of the 1,500 on-site bottles are available to purchase to drink at the bar for retail price — there’s zero markup. (This is very wallet-friendly.) Feeling splashy, but can’t commit to a bottle? Check the latest glass pours for some rather surprising deals on grower champagne and classic producers — truly iconic wines can be purchased for under $20 per glass.

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11. Italic

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123 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 660-5390
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The front page of Italic’s list strikes the right tone: “Don’t freak. Italian wine is awesome.” A menu of varietals mostly broken down by geography follows, with context clues like “rich and rustic” and “intense darkness” to help those less familiar with the admittedly complex world of Italian wines. A selection of 15+ glass pours allows for variety, and a generous selection of bottles under $75 means that a four-top can try just about anything without breaking the bank. The expert team know that Italians build their lives around food and wine — they’re ready to help you do the same. On weekdays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., all bottles of wine are half price, and a featured rosé pour is a mere $3.

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12. Boiler Nine Bar + Grill

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800 W Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 220-9990
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The lean and lovable wine list at Boiler Nine has something for everyone: Texas rosé from Lewis, cool kid California from Cruse and Broc, hearty red-meat friendly reds from Bedrock and Luca, and $10 glass pours from great domestic sources in Washington and New York. The list changes often, which is part of the fun. Eighteen glass pours help with sampling, but ask the bar if there’s something cool and limited to try — there will be.

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13. Counter 3.Five.VII

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315 Congress Ave Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 291-3327
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Since it debuted after the initial restaurant opening, many savvy Austin diners aren’t aware that Counter has a wine bar open to guests who aren’t having dinner. There’s a moderately sized, globally focused wine list here with a number of glass pours, and bar food including gnudi and a cheese board to complement the drinks. The 5 to 7 p.m. weekday happy hour offers $5 bubbles.

14. Le Politique

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110 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 580-7651
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The massive bar area at Le Politique is a godsend for pre-gaming ACL Live concerts. There’s always a spot somewhere in the bar, and an order of French wine and a charcuterie plate or cheese board never goes out of style. There’s a quite affordable by-the-glass wine list here, as well as a classic list of French selections from reasonably priced classic Champagne to spendy higher-end Bordeaux choices. The people watching here is a bonus.

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15. Second Bar + Kitchen

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200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 827-2750
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Second Bar + Kitchen remains an Austin institution because it knows how to offer something for everyone. With wine, this means several things. For the brunch set, there’s $8 cava. For the expense account set, there’s Premier Cru champagne. For the wine nerd set, there’s exciting Massican Annia from California. And for everyone else, there is reasonably priced Napa Cabernet and Texas Tempranillo to pair with burgers or steak frites. Bottle selections here change frequently, so keep an eye out for the unknown. Most by the glass wines are $15 or less, and a new happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. offers $2 discounts on wines by the glass.

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16. Il Brutto

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1601 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

New Waterloo’s newest spot gives East Austin a great fresh option for wine. The list here is 90 percent Italian, with a few French and Slovenian options for good measure. The list takes a similar approach to sister restaurant Le Politique: there’s a healthy by-the-glass program, prices lean toward the reasonable, and selections change frequently.

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17. Trio

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98 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 685-8300
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Over a decade in, Trio at the Four Seasons continues to attract tourists and worker bees for happy hour wine and hearty steakhouse-style dinners. The long list of by-the-glass selections splits the difference between New and Old World selections, making it a great spot for group outings. A daily happy hour offers free valet parking and reduces a dozen wines to $8 per glass from 5 to 7 p.m., where bar food is also $5 off during that window.

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18. Bufalina

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1519 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-2523
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East Austin (and Burnet’s) favorite Neapolitan pizza place has a secret weapon: owner Steven Dilley is such a wine obsessive that he was named a Food & Wine magazine 2017 Sommelier of the Year. As a guest, this means selections as varied as Valdespino Manzanilla Sherry and Matthiasson’s Tendu White of Chardonnay, Vermentino, and Colombard. A lengthy bottle list goes deep on Old World selections. Bufalina doesn’t have to work this hard on the wine list to keep tables full, but the fact that it so clearly does is worth appreciating

19. Uchi

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801 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4808
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With a dozen sakes and 30 still and sparkling wines available by the glass, Uchi works overtime to give diners the wines they want in the portions they desire. As befits the menu here, there’s a focus on white wines and lighter reds, along with a generous selection of dessert wines. Producer picks lean toward the classics: it’s tough to miss when ordering an Old World white wine on the list.

20. Emmer & Rye

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51 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 366-5530
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Learn something with every order at Emmer & Rye. This is a list worth a pre-order conversation with the server, since there are a lot of small-production (or lesser known) gems. The wide variety of bubbles and dessert wine is particularly strong, with something for every budget.

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21. Juniper

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2400 E Cesar Chavez St #304
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 220-9421
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Juniper’s list rightfully leans Italian, though it hedges with some classic picks from California for those with New World palates. Almost 20 wines are available by the glass, and there’s a nice emphasis on the white wines of Alto Adige (known for its cool climate) and the powerful reds of Piedmont.

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22. Odd Duck and Barley Swine

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1201 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 433-6521
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There’s a lot to like about Odd Duck’s wine list and general setup. The bar seating is good for first dates or solo outings, and the selection of by-the-glass pours are thoughtful and varied. The choices are well-balanced between New and Old world styles, with American selections leaning toward boutique producers rather than the obvious. There’s also a focus on price, with most selections priced at $80 per bottle or less. Up north at Barley Swine, a similar approach applies, though the selections vary. From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday to Friday, wine bottles are 25 percent off at Barley Swine.

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23. Aviary Wine & Kitchen

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2110 South Lamar Blvd C
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 916-4445
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After a lengthy sabbatical, Aviary has returned to make casual wine nights a thing on South Lamar again. There are two dozen global by the glass wines available at $14 or less, and a fun bottle list with categories like David Bowie (sparkling), Twiggy (lean whites), and Frank Zappa (fun and challenging.) On Wednesday nights, select bottles are half-price. A full dinner menu of bistro fare is also on offer.

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24. Lenoir

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1807 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 215-9778
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Chris Kelly’s wine list at Lenoir remains decidedly Old World in focus: from lovely Lambrusco bubbles to dry Kamptal Rieslings, the selections favor Europe at every turn. Given the restaurant’s rather small size, the robust selection of 18 wines by the glass is a treat. There’s also a curated bottle list with variable pricing — about half of the bottle list is under $100. The back wine garden here remains a neighborhood favorite that is delightful on days with porch-friendly weather. (Also note that half-price bottles are available in the wine garden between 5 to 6:30 p.m. six days a week.)

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25. June's

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1722 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

A mix of eclectic comfort food fare and outstanding wine has made June’s both an industry hotspot and a favorite of the leisurely, boozy lunch crowd. A friendly staff is happy to navigate the regional specials (and cool, homemade ‘zine listing special wine lists) to find something new or familiar for guests. Turn up on Wednesday afternoons to find the dining room packed with local wine professionals doing blind tastings, or simply partake in the 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour with half-price bubbles and food. (There’s also half-price Riesling on Sundays for its Indian pub night specials.)

26. Mattie's

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811 W Live Oak St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-1888
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La Corsha’s wine director Paula Rester Salinas has a knack for finding just the right picks for comfort fare. As with her lists at Second and Boiler Nine, Mattie’s wine list leans toward the food-friendly but doesn’t shy away from bold flavors. The by-the-bottle list here is longer than that of some high-end steakhouses, with smart pairings of every weight (and price) for the bistro fare. For the adventurous, check out the awesome Austrian and South African picks.

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27. Winebelly

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519 W Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 487-1569
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Many neighborhood wine bars traffic in average food and common denominator wines; thankfully, Winebelly does just the opposite. Ever tried a Kiona Lemberger or a Moric Hidden Treasures Tokaj? While keeping bottle prices at $99 or less, Winebelly manages the trick of showcasing lesser-known producers, great grapes, and a broad spectrum of wines from the U.S., Italy, and France (a few others are sprinkled in for good measure). Sunday and Monday nights add select half-price bottles as a bonus, and a mid-week Tuesday to Thursday happy hour with $5 appetizers is a South Austin staple.

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1. Olive & June

3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703

North Central Austin wine lovers frequent Olive and June, which has an entirely Italian wine program with a dozen wines by the glass and a lengthy bottle list. Descriptors like “cherry and oregano” (Sangiovese) and “leather and balsamic” (Brunello) anchor the categories to help diners hone in on their preferred styles. On Mondays, wines by the glass are always 50 percent off.

3411 Glenview Ave
Austin, TX 78703

2. Vino Vino

4119 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
Rosé at Vino Vino
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Hyde Park’s O.G. wine bar just keeps getting the job done. While hundreds of restaurants have closed in the interim, it remains beloved due to great atmosphere, a thoughtful wine selection with a nod toward Old World selections, and a low-key vibe that strikes the right tone for slow-sipping and conversation. While some recent leadership changes have refocused the menu and wine list, there’s still a strong focus on value — markups are reasonable, and the wine picks are savvy and interesting. The two-dollar-off happy hour is also still there from 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily.

4119 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78751

3. L'Oca d'Oro

1900 Simond Ave, Austin, TX 78723
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

Easily the best destination for wine in Mueller, L’Oca d’Oro does the little things right. Wines on tap are priced fairly and sourced from interesting destinations like Sicily and New York’s Finger Lakes. By the bottle choices are food-friendly, and mostly Old World from Italy, with Greek, French, and even Slovenian selections for good measure. Most bottles are under $70, and there are even cool, seldom-seen grapes worth trying like Rebo and Nerello.

1900 Simond Ave
Austin, TX 78723

4. Texas French Bread

2900 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705
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Murph Willcott and his team remain a neighborhood favorite for two reasons: the food and drinks are top-quality, and they really care about their guests. The wine list is full of discoveries with emerging producers and rare finds. A recent list has great pricing on classic Champagnes and edgy California producers like Ryme and Arnot Roberts. Stop by on Wednesday to Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m. for half-priced wine (and beer) and try something new.

2900 Rio Grande St
Austin, TX 78705

5. Jeffrey’s and Josephine House

1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703

Sunday nights at Jeffrey’s is the worst-kept secret in luxury wine consumption. With all bottles half off (yes, all), the bar room is filled with oenophiles raiding treasures from master sommelier June Rodil’s massive list of global finds. During the remainder of the week, take heart: while fancy selections abound, there are smart picks of most styles available (including Bordeaux and Washington reds) for under $100 — ask the wine team for their current favorites. For more casual patio sipping, try a table at sibling restaurant Josephine House found next door.

1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

6. Olamaie

1610 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s favorite Southern kitchen gets plenty of praise for its food, but the wine list also merits serious attention. As with the menu, there’s a domestic focus. It can get spendy (Ridge Monte Bello) or weird (Scholium Project’s orange), but there’s a fit for every level of wine enthusiast. The West Coast bubbles and the truly eclectic white wine selections are particular highlights.

1610 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Wink

1014 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

An old guard choice for quality wine in Austin, Wink quietly goes about its business, offering seasonal tasting menus and thoughtful wine selections to loyal Clarksville and Old Enfield patrons just as it has done for years. The restaurant deserves credit for helping to elevate the conversation around wine before it became a focal point in Austin dining. Expect a focus on French and Italian selections, with some smart California picks in the mix.

1014 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

8. Clark's Oyster Bar

1200 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703

The compact and food-friendly list at Clark’s is what one expects from McGuire Moorman Hospitality, but take note — there’s a great weekend happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. California and France anchor the list here, but there are global selections from a number of additional regions. As one might expect, the seafood focus of the restaurant means there’s a heavy emphasis on white wines, bubbles, and rosé.

1200 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78703

9. 24 Diner

600 N Lamar Blvd #G, Austin, TX 78703
Rosés at 24 Diner
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A consistent “Wait, what?” on the wine map, 24’s sneaky-good wine list is an short but sweet all-American roundup of New World values. Screaming deals abound, from brambly Marietta Lot Series Zinfandel ($32 per bottle) to lovely Scharffenberger Brut (also $32 per bottle) Even serious syrah like Stolpman and cool climate Pinot Noir from Lompoc Wine Co. can be had for $40 per bottle. It’s great value, and all in good fun.

600 N Lamar Blvd #G
Austin, TX 78703

10. Bar Lamar

525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Bar Lamar at Whole Foods
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Since Whole Foods’s master sommelier Devon Broglie is based in Austin, it should come as no surprise that the upscale grocer has a solid wine bar tucked into the flagship store. There’s a big open secret: any of the 1,500 on-site bottles are available to purchase to drink at the bar for retail price — there’s zero markup. (This is very wallet-friendly.) Feeling splashy, but can’t commit to a bottle? Check the latest glass pours for some rather surprising deals on grower champagne and classic producers — truly iconic wines can be purchased for under $20 per glass.

525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

11. Italic

123 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Wines at Italic
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The front page of Italic’s list strikes the right tone: “Don’t freak. Italian wine is awesome.” A menu of varietals mostly broken down by geography follows, with context clues like “rich and rustic” and “intense darkness” to help those less familiar with the admittedly complex world of Italian wines. A selection of 15+ glass pours allows for variety, and a generous selection of bottles under $75 means that a four-top can try just about anything without breaking the bank. The expert team know that Italians build their lives around food and wine — they’re ready to help you do the same. On weekdays from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., all bottles of wine are half price, and a featured rosé pour is a mere $3.

123 W 6th St
Austin, TX 78701

12. Boiler Nine Bar + Grill

800 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
Robert J. Lerma/EATX

The lean and lovable wine list at Boiler Nine has something for everyone: Texas rosé from Lewis, cool kid California from Cruse and Broc, hearty red-meat friendly reds from Bedrock and Luca, and $10 glass pours from great domestic sources in Washington and New York. The list changes often, which is part of the fun. Eighteen glass pours help with sampling, but ask the bar if there’s something cool and limited to try — there will be.

800 W Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

13. Counter 3.Five.VII

315 Congress Ave Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701

Since it debuted after the initial restaurant opening, many savvy Austin diners aren’t aware that Counter has a wine bar open to guests who aren’t having dinner. There’s a moderately sized, globally focused wine list here with a number of glass pours, and bar food including gnudi and a cheese board to complement the drinks. The 5 to 7 p.m. weekday happy hour offers $5 bubbles.

315 Congress Ave Ste 100
Austin, TX 78701

14. Le Politique

110 San Antonio St, Austin, TX 78701
Le Politique’s wine wall
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The massive bar area at Le Politique is a godsend for pre-gaming ACL Live concerts. There’s always a spot somewhere in the bar, and an order of French wine and a charcuterie plate or cheese board never goes out of style. There’s a quite affordable by-the-glass wine list here, as well as a classic list of French selections from reasonably priced classic Champagne to spendy higher-end Bordeaux choices. The people watching here is a bonus.

110 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701

15. Second Bar + Kitchen

200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701