I'm giving another shout out to Wine Belly, Tapas and Wine, the place on Oltorf that I mentioned in my "Best Breakfasts in Austin" post. You can tell by the name that wine is Wine Belly's stock in trade. It's been named one of "Top Wine Bars in the US" by Food and Wine magazine, and one of the "Top 20 Wine Bars in America" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Add in the amazing food, such as lobster grits, and Wine Belly has my vote. I was there for brunch on a Sunday and the ambience was as relaxing as the food was interesting and delicious. Food served at Wine Belly has Spanish and Mediterranean influences.
House Wine is one I intend to try this weekend. I usually recommend places I've been, but this wine bar sounds so very Austin that I have to write about it and then go try it out. Here's why, as stated on their website.
"The House Wine family finds joy in sharing these delicious and intriguing finds with guests in a contemporary, yet cozy home built in the 1940s. Locally sourced food options to accompany the wines include cheese plates, tapas and pizzas. House Wine is also proud to serve as a community space that offers approachable wine education and supports local artists and charities."
Aviary Wine Kitchen began as a decor shop featuring decor from the owners' travels. When they realized they were competing with internet shopping, they closed and reopened in 2018 as a full service restaurant. They are experts at pairing food and wine, and have maintained their funky Austin vibe. As they say on their website, the Aviary Wine Kitchen is now a professional team of owners including Executive Chef Andre Molina and Beverage Director, Alex Wheatley Bell, and they want to "guide you through one of the best dining experiences of your whole life."
Wanderlust Wine Co. resides in the warehouse formerly housing Infinite Monkey Theorem Wine, now closed in Austin. Wanderlust is a unique concept, where all 56 wines are in kegs. You use your credit or debit card at each keg and pour your own glass of wine. It's a great way to try several wines, and to meet other wine aficionados. Wanderlust Wine's concept cuts down on waste. The graph below shows they save 2,340 pounds in landfill, because each keg holds approximately 26 bottles of wine.
Try them all in one weekend. Wine Belly for brunch, House wine for lunch, Aviary Wine Kitchen for dinner, and Wanderlust Wine Co. for tastings anytime.
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