Your Guide to Arlington and Alexandria Wine Bars
Wine bars are the place to go if you want a good glass of wine, but don’t have the time (or just don’t’ want) to go out to a winery. While you don’t necessarily get the same experience as a winery—no beautiful view of rolling hills, or in some case mountains, you do get to choose from a wider selection of wines. Some wineries only make dryer wines, and others specialize more in either reds or whites. At a wine bar, you’ll find a wide selection red, white, sweet, dry, and sparkling wines. You’ll also find yourself with more options for dining than the standard cheese and charcuterie plates they serve at wineries. If you haven’t been to a wine bar yet, then it’s time to take the chance. Grab your bestie or a date and go a for happy hour.
Verre Wine Bar is a new addition to the area. It’s located on the first floor of the Hyatt Place hotel in Clarendon, and is the perfect spot for a happy hour with a wino. They have a 1 for 1 happy hour deal every M-Th, sparkling wine by the glass for those of you who like to celebrate every day with champagne, wine cocktails, and wine bites. If you’re planning to eat and drink, make sure to speak with the sommelier on staff who can provide you with the perfect wine pairing recommendations. You’ll walk out feeling like you’ve learned everything you need to know about wine and food.
Located on Fillmore Street just outside of Clarendon (only two blocks away from the metro), Screwtop is another great option for wine lovers. Screwtop is constantly updating their wine and beer list, and they encourage you to try new wines with wine flights. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, and they have a pretty large selection of meat and cheese plates. One of the unique things about Screwtop is their wine club membership. Memberships come with two bottles of wine a month, a cheese that’s perfect for pairing, discounts on bar tabs, retail purchases, and classes, and insider access to events and classes. You can also gift a membership to your favorite wino.
Located in a historic, 1810 home in Old Town Alexandria, Sonoma Cellar is a refreshing spot to open your eyes (or mouth) to all of the wine that Sonoma, CA has to offer. You have plenty of options to taste the rotating wines at Sonoma Cellar. First, you’ll choose from either the “Select” menu or the “Reserve” menu—the Reserve menu is the better quality, slightly more expensive menu. You can then choose to have either a three ounce pour, four one ounce pours, a glass, or a bottle. It you really enjoy tasting their wines, then you can join “Club SoCel,” their wine club that has four different levels to meet the needs of different customers. With the wide selection of food on their bistro menu, the happy hour specials (30% off bottles on Wednesdays!), and a cute location in Old Town, that membership might be an easy sell.
Grape + Bean Old Town is located in (you may have guess this) Old Town Alexandria. That being said, it was popular enough that the owners opened up a second location in Rosemont, Alexandria. Grape + Bean is similar to Screwtop in that it is a wine bar and wine shop, but it is also a coffee shop so you can have your coffee in the morning, wine in the evening, and whatever you choose in the afternoon. The wine bar and shop has regular tastings and classes featuring different wines, regions, varietals, and winemakers from around the world. Sounds like a perfect outing for you and your bougie besties.
With great options for tasting multiple wines from different regions and vineyards, it seems like a simple choice to try out some of the local wine bars. From taking classes to learn more about wine to trying a few with a sample flight, you may find your next favorite wine…or at least one to satisfy your needs for the weekend.