The power of good wine and good company cannot be overstated, and when the two come together, everything else seems to fade away. And since it’ll be a while before we have patio weather, we thought we’d go ahead and share some of the best spots for wine and charcuterie around the city to cozy up in.

So without further ado, here are 10 wine bars to check out in and around Vancouver.

La Fabrique St-George

Doubling as one of the only wineries in the city, La Fabrique is one of our fave go-to spots for a glass of satisfying vino no matter the season. In the summer, the patio makes the perfect spot to unwind with a tasting flight in hand, and in the winter, the minimally-designed space offers a cozy fireplace and nook to curl up in. With larger tables and workspaces in the mix too, it’s the perfect spot for any group size – and hey, a glass of wine as you do laptop work? Talk about work-life-balance.

Where: 7 East 7th Avenue

Is That French

 

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This intimate spot is tucked away in Gastown’s Blood Alley, serving a rotating menu of freshly shucked oysters and BC wine. A hidden gem if there ever was one – Is That French offers guests a cozy, warm ambiance and stunning seafood plates that are almost too beautiful to eat. In addition to their regular wine menu, they also have weekly wine flights, so if you’re unsure of what to sample first, this is a great place to start!

Where: 45 Blood Alley Square

Juice Bar 

 

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Contrary to its name, Juice Bar is not a smoothie spot, but rather, a natural wine bar & shop. Opening at 5 pm from Tuesday to Saturday, the wine spot is actually located inside The Birds and the Beets. Note that Juice Bar does not accept reservations, and patrons are required to order food with their wine orders – “no food, no juice.”

Where: 54 Alexander Street

Bar Gobo

 

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Serving “innovative, on-the-moment dinner and snacks,” Bar Gobo is not only Michelin-recognized, but home to everything from reserve bottles to aromatized wine. And for the non-wine drinker, there are a few beers and ciders, cocktails, and whiskeys to choose from.

Where: 237 Union Street

Bar Susu 

 

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Definitely one of our fave spots on Main Street (and a great date night spot), Bar Susu is another amazing pick for visually appealing (and tasty) culinary creations. Plus, they have regular “Flavours of the Week” that run every Monday to Wednesday, where guests can sip on some of their top wines, varietals, regions, and producers. These wines are available by the half bottle – but only from 5 to 6 pm!

Where: 209 6th Avenue East

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Wild Thing Snack Bar

Pairing excellent European and BC wines with delicious vegetarian and vegan plates, Wild Thing Snack Bar might not identify as a wine bar per se, but they definitely have all the makings of one. Cozy ambiance, brunch and dinner offerings, and an extensive wine list to satisfy any palate. And for those who are tagging along who aren’t into wine, there’s also a mix of cocktails, canned lagers and pale ales – and beer taps are coming soon.

Note that all wines are by the bottle!

Where: 2420 Main Street and 1867 Powell Street

Grapes & Soda

 

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As far as wine bars in Vancouver go, Grapes & Soda has some amazing options by way of snack boards and charcuterie. And while we don’t typically frequent wine bars for the food necessarily, we definitely wouldn’t pass up on the Squash Miso Tonkotsu Ramen.

Where: 1541 West 6th Avenue

Dachi Vancouver

 

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The menu at Dachi changes day-to-day, which makes for a thoroughly exciting and rewarding dining experience every time you go. All of their ingredients are sourced from independent, local farmers – which means every dish is a unique creation. Come for the wine and sake, and stay for the warm meals and vibes.

Where: 2297 East Hastings Street

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

With happy hour from 2 to 5 pm every day, Novo is a great pick if you’re heading out on an emptier stomach. Their wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, charcuterie plates, pastas, Italian cocktails, and of course, a mix of Italian reds and whites make for an excellent date idea or casual catch-up with friends.

Where: 2118 Burrard Street

The Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside

Last but not least, we have the Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside. With happy hour specials, wine-by-the-glass, and Provencal-inspired seafood and tapas, this is a great spot to check out while on a walk around False Creek. Plus, they have weekly jazz nights every Wednesday from 6 to 9 pm.

Where: 1167 Marinaside Crescent

And that’s a wrap on some of the best wine bars in Vancouver! We hope this list inspires you to make some resos or opt for a spontaneous visit sometime soon.