When you think of the best wine bars, maybe you think of places with red brick walls that advertise their free hummus appetizer on Groupon, right below the laser hair removal. Or maybe you think of the place you went on a date with someone who lectured you about grape varietals.
Fortunately, wine bars don’t have to be sad, pretentious, scary places. There’s a whole crop of places with great wine, friendly service, and often, food options worth getting excited about. Whether you’re meeting a date for drinks, hanging out at the bar solo, or looking for a place to grab a glass of wine before dinner, here are some of our favorite wine bars in the city.