It’s National Wine Day! This is a great day to grab a friend and enjoy each other’s company by catching up and sipping on some fine wine. In spirit of the holiday, we took the time to highlight top rated wine bars in just a handful of our property destinations. Cities include Charlotte, Kansas City, Tampa, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Louisville. Each city had multiple highly suggested wine bars; these were selected based on the individual experience provided by each one. Keep on reading for some wine-tastic suggestions!
The Barcelona Wine Bar has various locations throughout the U.S. and they are continuing to grow. Originally from Santiago, Chile, Chef Nicolas is the Executive Chef at the Charlotte, NC location. He has spent time traveling the world to learn and understand new cultures and cuisines. This location is open daily until 11 PM and they offer a delicious brunch that ends at 3 PM. The menu follows a tapas concept to pair with the fresh wine. The wine menu includes a wide list of wines from all over the world, with a noted emphasis on the lesser-known regions of Spain and Portugal.
There are Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant locations throughout the U.S. The Kansas City location is located on 4686 Broadway and is open every day of the week (looks like National Wide Day can be everyday). Wine served can fit every occasion and mood, while giving you a taste of different corners of the world. Not only do they serve award-winning wine, but you also have the chance to become a member; there’s a wide range of memberships. Cooper’s Hawk tends to be busy, so it is suggested to make a reservation prior to coming in.
Cru Cellars gives you the option to sip and shop. You can taste through a wine flight or live like a local and purchase wine right off the shelf and let the wine bar uncork it for you. If not everyone in your group enjoys wine, Cru Cellars also offers local and craft beers. There is also the Cru Wine Garden, a secluded space designed to enjoy a glass of wine and small bites. This open space hosts walk-in traffic and private parties alike. Cru Cellars is open every day of the week with the exception of Sunday and hosts wine tastings regularly.
The Wine Market at Fountain Square is a great place to enjoy a light, afternoon wine. Being located in Fountain Square, there is much to do while in the area. There are art galleries and studios, local restaurants, live entertainment, vintage and vibrant retail, and much more. Sip on a wine and a light food pairing, and if you love what you taste, you can purchase a bottle for later. The Wine Market at Fountain Square is closed Sunday and Monday, but open for the rest of the week. You have the option to reserve the space or simply stop in for a casual drink.
Mercy was opened between two close friends, Glen Agritelley and Vincent Havard. Both have a passion for wine and fine food. Their goal when opening was to provide over 100 wines by the glass from over 12 countries. Glen also had a passion for music; the name Mercy is a tribute from Glen to his musical idol, Toy Orbison. Mercy is open daily and hosts live music nearly everyday. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This might be the best Happy Hour to celebrate National Wine Day.
The Old 502 Winery is not like other traditional wineries. Instead of gathering wine from different parts of the world, Old 502 Winery gets its wine from Louisville. They use grapes grown by local, Kentucky farmers and craft it locally in Downtown Louisville. They refer to their wine as being electric and funky, that help to create a wine experience unlike any other. They offer wine tastings and tours to provide visitors with the full experience. The Old 502 Winery is open Wednesday through Sunday.