Man shall not live by beer alone. Dive bars have their place, but their wine selections are almost always awful. Whether you’re on a date or looking forward to some conversation with friends, it doesn’t get much better than a good glass of wine along with some olives, cheese, and charcuterie.
Following are a few of our favorite Brooklyn wine bars.
June Wine Bar (Cobble Hill)
June is a relative newcomer on the scene, with its decor straight out of Jazz Age Paris and a selection of European, domestic, and local wines. Wine is available by the glass, quartino, and bottle, and can be paired with a seasonal selection of creative small and large plates. If you want something stronger, you may enjoy such quirkily named cocktails as Sex in the Kitchen and Absolutely Cuckoo.
June Wine Bar photo courtesy of Diana D. via Yelp.
MIUSA Wine Bar | Natasha E. via Yelp
MIUSA Wine Bar (Williamsburg)
This south side gem has become a neighborhood favorite, with its candlelit ambience and eclectic list of reserve wines. MIUSA stands for Made in the USA, as all of their products are domestic. Their seasonal menu includes such delights as truffle specialties in the winter and octopus panzanella in the summer.
Bar LunÀtico | Matt via Foursquare
Bar LunÀtico (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
Bar LunÀtico is a new neighborhood hot spot defined by its quirky live music and its wine and cocktail selection. It’s as rustic and intimate as a Tuscan cafe, with entertainment by nightly musical guests. At Bar LunÀtico you can hear anything from Brazilian Jazz to 50s rock ‘n’ roll, accompanied by splendid charcuterie, cheese, and fresh focaccia.
Wolf and Deer | Sabrina M. via Yelp
Wolf and Deer (Park Slope)
The inviting u-shaped bar at Wolf and Deer makes it a great happy hour spot to mingle with fellow wine lovers. They have three kinds of pressed sandwiches, but sharing plates tapas-style is the real draw. Their menu includes such snackables as olives, anchovies, deviled eggs, and an impressive selection of charcuterie and cheeses.
The Jakewalk | Sofia S. via Yelp
The Jakewalk (Carroll Gardens)
The Jakewalk is a welcoming Carroll Gardens spot. With their assortment of rare wines, craft cocktails, and artisanal beers, and ten different types of cheese plates, it’s a fitting setting for a lazy afternoon with friends.