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18 Great Wine Bars, Wine Shops, and Other Places to Get Wine in Seattle

Drink Books, La Dive, and More
November 29, 2021
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The recently opened pop-up shop Drink Books in Greenwood matches books by women, transgender, and non-binary authors with natural wine pairings. (Drink Books)

Though our craft beer scene may get all the attention, Seattle is also home to a wealth of wonderful wine destinations, from natural wine specialists like Vif Add to a List , L'Oursin Add to a List , Left Bank Add to a List , and La Dive Add to a List to charming bars like Bottlehouse Add to a List and Cépaé Tasting Room Add to a List . We've rounded up this list of our favorite places in the city to sip wine and buy bottles, so you can unleash your inner oenophile. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

The Barrel Thief Add to a List
This Fremont wine and whiskey bar offers "a chill atmosphere in which to explore and enjoy wine, spirits, and small plate food," with "one of the largest selections of wines-by-the-glass on the planet."
Fremont
Pickup, dine-in

Bottlehouse Add to a List
Bottlehouse is an elegant wine bar and “shoppe” located upstairs from Madrona’s urban winery, Wilridge (which makes special Bottlehouse blends). The motto: “Dwell, Drink, Be Well,” which sounds soothing. The place was made with 80 percent reclaimed materials (including beams from a Capitol Hill duplex as seating and Montana barn wood) and focuses on local producers. They've also got two covered and heated patios, including their clear covered "greenhouse" patio and their outdoor "winegarden."
Madrona
Pickup, dine-in

Cépaé Tasting Room Add to a List
This swanky wine bar features a collection of over 150 bottles of wine available by the glass, hand-selected by French expat and wine importer and retailer Julien Hervet. Visit the adjoining "French concept store" L'Experience Paris to try French pastries and  browse items like Pierre Hermé macarons, Mariage Frères tea, and Bordier butter without the cost of airfare.
Bellevue
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Champagne Diner Add to a List
With details like aluminum-edged tables and vinyl upholstery, Champagne Diner evokes a cool teen TV hangout by way of a 1980s new-wave music video, a romantic vision in jewel-like turquoise and faded mauve. The Interbay restaurant in the former space of Citizen Six is the brainchild of Bryn Lumsden, a veteran barkeep and former Fleet Foxes member who founded the impeccable Pioneer Square cocktail den Damn the Weather Add to a List . (The name is an obscure Seinfeld reference, from the "Champagne Video" store that made a cameo in multiple episodes.) And of course, with a name like Champagne Diner, wines play a key role in the festive and celebratory atmosphere. Though Lumsden hesitates to throw around the buzzword "natural wine" because of its faddishness, the thoughtfully curated wine list is indeed all-natural.
Interbay
Pickup, dine-in

Champion Wine Cellars Add to a List
This cellar founded by local wine pioneer Emile Ninaud in 1969 boasts the distinction of being Seattle's oldest wine shop and offers over 1,500 labels of premium wines from all over the world. Current owner Erin Lyman, who's previously spent time as a bartender at Pike Place's iconic Zig Zag Cafe Add to a List and as a wine director at Café Campagne Add to a List , carries on Ninaud's legacy of friendly service and helpful advice.
Greenwood
Pickup, dine-in

DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine Add to a List
DeLaurenti has sold amazing cheeses, wines, and specialty foods at the corner of First and Pike in Pike Place Market for approximately 1,000 years. The upstairs wine section is a hidden gem with a surprisingly comprehensive selection of 1,600 wines, with everything from Old World classics to up-and-coming natural wines to local producers. The staff is well-informed and makes on-point recommendations for any budget or occasion. There's also a wide variety of obscure beers and bitters.
Pike Place Market
Pickup

Drink Books Add to a List
If your idea of a perfect night in involves cozying up with a glass of natural wine and a captivating page-turner, we've got some good news for you: Co-owners Kim Kent and Emily Schikura recently opened Drink Books, a new pop-up bookshop with evocative, hand-curated book and wine pairings in Phinney Ridge. The shop focuses on natural wine and titles from women, transgender, and non-binary authors, so you can enjoy gripping reads like Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson alongside wines like Loop de Loop's Wallflower Red 2020, a blend of Syrah, Pinot, and Grüner.
Phinney Ridge
Pickup

Footprint Wine
Add to a List Former Sixth Avenue Wine Seller bar manager Kenneth Dillon opened this sustainably-minded wine bar specializing in biodynamic, organic, and/or local wines and offering wine on tap as well as in bottles and cans. The bar also has some food options, including pâté and crostini.
Capitol Hill
Pickup

La Dive
Add to a List This hip Capitol Hill bar and bottle shop named for a famed wine festival in France offers a wide selection of natural wine, with a food menu of Eastern European-inspired nosh like potato pelmeni dumplings and sardines on toast. Try one of the alternative frozen wine slushies such as “frojalais” or “friesling,” or throw caution to the wind and go for one of their “Chambongs,” an ingenious beer bong-like device that allows you to pour expensive fizzy wine (or Miller High Life or White Claw) down your gullet as efficiently as humanly possible. Don’t forget to check out the bathroom and take a selfie in the 360-degree mirror—The Stranger named it one of Seattle’s “best bathrooms for fucking” for a reason.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Le Caviste Add to a List
This Denny Triangle gem from Seattle wine mind David Butler serves up exactly the type of sidewalk bistro fare you might find yourself noshing on after a long morning spent traipsing around Paris. There’s always an ample selection of cheese and charcuterie boards, the stuff on those boards is always amazing, and the salads and specials that accompany the core offerings are similarly on point. You can consistently find beef tartare, poisson en papillote (fish in paper), and salad with warm chèvre, and will occasionally be treated to pleasant surprises like choucroute garnie. As wonderful as the compact menu is, it’s really all about the wine. Longtime sommelier Butler knows wine and, more importantly, he knows how to source it. Le Caviste is your chance to get stuff by the glass you won’t find elsewhere, as they usually have at least a dozen glass pours on offer. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
Pike Place Market
Pickup, dine-in

Left Bank Add to a List
Seattle's "oldest and smallest natural wine bar and bottle shop" is well worth the trip to South Park for its cozy, hip atmosphere, vinyl collection, and lovingly chosen wines. You can even bring in a crispy char-broiled cheeseburger from the nearby neighborhood staple Loretta’s Northwesterner. Check out the “Captain’s Shelf” for owner Campbell Scarborough's favorite picks.
South Park
Pickup, dine-in

Light Sleeper Add to a List and Wide Eyed Wines Add to a List
Chef Eli Dahlin (who has previously worked at Damn the Weather Add to a List and Walrus and the Carpenter Add to a List ) and sommelier Ezra Wicks opened the wine bar Light Sleeper inside Chophouse Row, serving naturally leavened wood-fired pizzas, soups, and salads as well as an extensive selection of natural wine. The adjacent wine shop Wide Eyed Wines also stocks the bar's entire inventory so that diners can take home their favorites.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

L'Oursin Add to a List
This lively seafood-focused French bistro in the Central District features funky, offbeat biodynamic natural wines with evocative descriptions like "stony après-ski hot tub wine" and "bodice-ripping romance novel of dessert wines." A sparkling, irreverent joie de vivre suffuses every square inch of the space, which is dim and imbued with a faint golden glow from the pendant lighting at the bar.
Central District
Pickup, dine-in

Molly's Bottle Shop
This community-focused natural wine bottle shop with locations in Ballard and West Seattle is helmed by Molly Ringe, who works as a wine buyer at the cocktail bar Baker's (located next door to the Ballard location). Ringe curates a thoughtful selection with a wide array of indie winemakers and also frequently features local vendors like Oso Negro Baking Co. Add to a List and Allie Harkless Designs.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery

The Princess and the Bear Add to a List
Married couple Carol Bailey, a retired attorney, and Dr. Steve Medwell, a retired surgeon, opened this tasting room dedicated to French wine earlier this year. The shop is the only in the country to exclusively carry wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France, which Bailey and Medwell fell in love with on a trip, and features many affordably priced small-batch wines, with most of the selection coming from women winemakers.
South Park
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Purple Cafe & Wine Bar
Heavy Restaurant Group (Lot No. 3The Commons, and Barrio) runs this cafe and wine bar with locations in Seattle and Bellevue, both of which feature an impressive global wine selection (over 80 glasses and 600 bottles!) and a classic American/seasonal Northwest menu.
Downtown, Bellevue
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Vif Add to a List and Petite Soif Add to a List
Co-owners Shawn Mead and Lauren Feldman run Vif Add to a List , a charming, light-filled cafe, restaurant, and wine shop in Fremont that helped pioneer the natural wine scene in Seattle, with a focus on European wines. The duo also opened the equally delightful spinoff wine bar Petite Soif Add to a List in Beacon Hill, which serves bites like focaccia sandwiches, salami, olives, serrano ham, cheese, and tinned fish.
Fremont, Beacon Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Vinnie's Wine Shop Add to a List
This natural wine bar and bottle shop comes to you from married couple Chris Elford and Anu Apte-Elford, the owners of the popular tiki bar Navy Strength Add to a List , the cocktail bar Rob Roy Add to a List , and the sports bar Trade Winds Tavern Add to a List . Named in honor of Apte-Elford's mother Vinaya, the spot features over 60 limited-intervention wines from all over the world.
Belltown
Pickup, dine-in

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