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No matter your style, you won't be disappointed at Cru, A Wine Bar. This small chain is a great addition to Austin's lively 2nd Street District. An alluring al fresco sidewalk patio draws crowds for wine flights and sharing plates, while the breezy French doors lure parties inside for a sit-down dinner. Cru pours over 50 wines by the glass and has hundreds of high-dollar bottles waiting on the wine racks to be uncorked. Their menu is contemporary cuisine and pays particular attention to food from France, Asia, and the Wine Country. Try a wine flight as you people-watch or splurge on their poached salmon and a bottle of Patz & Hall chardonnay.
Don't miss Max's giant neon sign at the corner of San Jacinto Boulevard. The Wine Dive in Downtown prides itself on its fantastic wine selection. The reasonably priced fare is a gourmet take on American classics. Tuck into their best-selling fried chicken and signature Mac 'n' Cheese at the outdoor patio or amidst rustic-urban interiors. Exposed beams, brick facades and stag heads exude an industrial vibe. Don't miss Sunday brunch at the lovely basement downstairs that also doubles up as a private events venue.
Experience some of the best quality wines in town at House Wine in Austin. This savvy wine bar with its colorful lamps and quaint goblets has an intriguing decor that attracts locals and tourists alike. The wine selection is diverse and keeps rotating. The food here includes a variety of cheese preparations to compliment those lovely wines, appetizers and desserts. Events held here include live music shows, wine tasting sessions, local charity events and so on. All in all, a nice place to enjoy some great wine and cheese. Make sure you catch their happy hours. For more details, do call ahead.
Winebelly is an intimate tapas and wine bar located in South Austin. They have an elaborate selection of red, white, sparkling and rose wines and also serve cocktails and beers. Their delicious tapas are most popular among regular patrons, and they are also known for their delectable soups and salads, and meats and cheeses. The place is moderately priced and its cosy décor makes it a good place for a date or for special occasions with friends and family.
With an understated but eye-catching exterior, an innovative design, and an impressive inventory, Vino Vino has helped to revamp a sleepy retail strip in North Central Austin. The well-run, locally-owned business educates Austinites on the finer points of viniculture by hosting wine tastings and selling by the bottle and glass. The friendly staff is happy to hand out free advice and match you up with the perfect bottle of wine to take home. This moderately priced wine bar offers a diverse tasting menu, paying particular attention to blush wine, champagne, and European vineyards. The more you buy, the better the cost on high-dollar wine.