Wine Wednesday: My Top 5 NYC Wine Bars

Guys, have you seen this Buzzfeed post? 19 Pictures That Will Make Your Wine Wednesday Even Better – I have been cracking up!

Today I wanted to share my favorite wine bars in NYC. An embarrassing note, while coming up with my list and referring to Google, I realized I have been doing an awful job of trying out new spots lately! I guess that’s because my go-to place has been my couch with a bottle of Trader Joe’s wine (sort of just kidding?), but I’ll try to do better (for you, of course).

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My Top 5 NYC Wine Bars:

Ten Degrees – This is a cozy wine bar in the East Village. Great for a date night if you want some small plates, wine, and to sit close to your date!

Specials: 2 for 1 happy hour every day (12-8pm) – I was pleasantly surprised to discover this included bottles!; 1/2 priced bottles all night on Mondays.

8th Street Wine Cellar – I’ve suggested this spot many a times to friends over the years while making happy hour plans. A cute and convenient wine bar in the Village with an excellent tapas selection including oysters, charcuterie, cheeses, and sandwiches.

Specials: Last time I was here for their 4-7pm happy hour (and I assume this special is still ongoing), I enjoyed select wines for only $18 per bottle! 

Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar – This bar boasts two locations (Midtown and the West Village). I mean, I think the name speaks for itself – wine and chocolate? What more do you need after a long day, or any day? Of course they also serve savory foods if chocolate isn’t your thang. 

Specials: Daily happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm featuring a free appetizer buffet to complement your $5 drinks!

Osteria Cotta – I’ve never thought of this UWS gem as a wine bar in particular, probably because they have a full menu and I love going for the food. But they do have a fairly extensive wine list that you can pair with their pastas, pizzas, and small and large plates. I usually opt for the Chianti myself.

Specials: Monday through Friday 5-7pm happy hour includes half off select drinks. They also have a weekend brunch that offers bottomless mimosas, bloody mary’s, or sangria for $26 from 11am-2:30pm!

Lois – Okay, so I’ve never actually visited this spot in the East Village, but it is on my must visit immediately list because, get this, they have wine on tap! I think this place just seems so cool. They also have a small selection of food, including brunch! So I’ll let you all know my review when I have a chance to check this place out.

How About You?

What are your favorite NYC wine bar recommendations?

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