Photo: Brooke Fitts

Winning Wine Bars

World-class wines paired with killer digs? Prepare your palate for some fantastic sipping experiences.

Washington state is home to more than 940 wineries, ranking as the second-largest premium-wine producer in the country. With new tasting rooms opening seemingly every day, meet the newest kids on the wine block: a fresh wave of oenophile-catering lounges specializing in laid-back spaces with unparalleled lists and wine for all.

Bar Ferdinand Photo: Amber Fouts

For some rustic repose

Bar Ferdinand

Tucked into Chophouse Row, Capitol Hill’s string of eateries and shops reminiscent of a farmers market, Bar Ferdinand features eats from chef and co-owner Matt Dillon’s Vashon Island farm and a diverse selection of esoteric wines from around the globe. Edison bulbs string throughout the wood beams in the ceiling, creating a back-porch, country vibe that ties in with the intimacy of the wine offerings hinged on family-owned, small-production wineries. 1424 11th Ave;

Claret Photo: Brooke Fitts

For the Trend Seeker


The wine list at this hip Fremont spot caters to both the novice and the industry influencer. Grab a seat in the hallway, which doubles as an atrium-style bistro complete with greenery and great people-watching. The tough part comes when you have to decide which of the 50-some wines by the glass—many of them local—you’ll pick to pair with to the baked brie with apricot chutney and caramelized onion. 3400 Stone Way N;

Bottlehouse Photo: Amber Fouts

For those missing home


This charming and homey Madrona neighborhood wine shop and bar feels that way because it is—when the owners first opened Bottlehouse in the old Craftsman home, they lived upstairs. The cozy comforts of the interior are accented by local artists, while the wine selection is carefully curated by an educated staff and has a large emphasis on regional wines and international favorites. 1416 34th Ave;

Left Bank Photo: Amber Fouts

For the music lover

Left Bank

Borderline Lilliputian and cuter than a button, this South Park wine shop and bar seats fewer than 20 in its tiny space, equipped with a counter, a banquette nook, and a wall of wine racks. Owner Campbell Scarborough—who spins vinyl records on Tuesday night—is here most days and will humbly, yet proudly, walk you through selections on his wine list before you settle on a glass or bottle. 8526 14th Ave S;

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