A foolproof recipe for a good weekend hang is a wine bar paired with a few hours. If not a wine bar, a wine shop with a hearty selection will do just fine.
Luckily for Dallas, there are a few new-ish bars and shops specializing in wine. Stroll in to learn about new wines, get a few sips in, or share a bottle with friends. You’re guaranteed to find something you like in this list. Don’t forget to drink responsibly.
This wine and bottle shop opened May 2023 in the Bishop Arts District with a focus on natural wines. The shop features new or interesting bottles almost weekly on its Instagram, with flavor notes to help customers discover new wines. If that doesn’t help, the staff is just as friendly. Ampelos has daily featured wines by the glass and flights on Wednesdays and Thursdays for $15. 411 W. 8th St.
Barons Creek Vineyards Tasting Room
If you’re craving a homegrown wine, you’re in luck. Barons Creek Vineyards, the Fredericksburg winery, will open its fifth tasting room in the space that was the Indian restaurant Âme in Bishop Arts. No word on when it’ll open its doors, but when it does it’ll likely be packed. 418 N. Bishop Ave.
The new restaurant in downtown Dallas has an aperitivo from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday with a menu of shared plates, Detroit-style pizzas, local and specialty beers, cocktails, and a selection of natural wines. The wines could vary, but the list will have a sparkling, orange, white, or red on the aperitivo menu. Drop by for a glass after work and wait for traffic to die in this gem of a place. If you’re a wine-with-lunch person, they’ve got that, too. 1601 Elm St., Ste. 110.
Locals Craft Beer & Fine Wine
In Farmers Branch, Locals will open early November with a bottle shop and cocktail lounge, a new option for the city. The shop will sell regional wines and local brews mixed in with its beverage program. The market will have more than 1,500 bottles such as Pendulum and Pale Rose 21. The lounge, located right next to the shop, will have a more traditional cocktail bar experience where customers can get small bites and cocktails, while the market will be available for group events and tastings. 13050 Bee St., Ste. 100 and 120, Farmers Branch.
There’s nothing quite like a bike-coffee-wine shop to do the trick. The Meteor landed in Dallas from Austin this summer in the Design District, and its motto is “Espresso. Champagne. Chain Lube.” It’s OK if you only resonate with one or two parts of the motto. The wine shop includes a curated selection of natural wines customers can buy or enjoy on the patio. Hop over to the café for a bite to eat while you’re at it. 1950 Hi Line Dr.
Perrault is technically a liquor store that opened in January, but its wine selection spans hundreds of whites, reds, sparkling, and roses. A look at its online inventory is overwhelming, with options ranging from almost every region of the world and an inclusive range of prices. Husband-and-wife owners Fausto and Jaclyn Vallejo highlight products from wineries across the world, and they’ve also got plenty of hidden gems. Find a day to stroll through the aisles and take a bottle home. 5331 E. Mockingbird Ln., Ste. 180.
After the Deep Ellum location of Postino WineCafe abruptly closed in March, it’s since reappeared in two other North Texas cities: Addison and Southlake. The chain is from Phoenix and includes a wine program with bottles from across the country and the world available by the glass or bottle. If you like the offerings enough, they offer a wine box subscription called Wine Cult, which features four wines every quarter. Its food is just as popular: charcuterie boards are its specialty. 5280 Belt Line Rd. Ste. 100; 1440 Main St., Southlake.
Mexican wine and beer? Count us in. Vinito opened earlier this month on Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff to sell wines from Mexican vineyards as well as Mexican beers, according to the Oak Cliff Advocate. Its walls are lined with bottles of Shiraz, chardonnay, and merlot from grapes grown primarily in the Baja California soil, which owner Arturo Flores claims can rival wines coming from Europe or California. As far as we know, it’s the first wine shop that focuses on grapes grown in Mexico. And we’re very much into it. 939 W Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 125.